Crispin Odey to leave hedge fund after assault claims, partners say

Companions at Odey Asset Administration mentioned that founder Crispin Odey would depart the agency after 13 ladies accused him of sexual misconduct.

The high-profile financier and his agency have been on the centre of a rising disaster after the Monetary Occasions reported on Thursday that 13 ladies alleged Odey had sexually assaulted or harassed them in varied incidents over a 25-year interval.

“Mr Crispin Odey is leaving the partnership. As from right now, he’ll not have any financial or private involvement within the partnership,” Peter Martin, chief government, and Michael Ede, chief monetary and working officer, wrote in a press release seen by the FT on Saturday.

They added that Odey Asset Administration Group Restricted, a holding firm that’s a part of the group and majority owned by Odey, would even be eliminated as a member and that the partnership would now be owned and managed by remaining companions.

OAM, which had $3.8bn of belongings below administration in 2022, mentioned that it “has been investigating allegations regarding Mr Odey” however mentioned it couldn’t remark intimately for confidentiality causes. It mentioned that “additional communications” with purchasers would observe over the weekend.

Reached by cellphone at lunchtime on Saturday, Odey confirmed he had been notified of the agency’s determination however urged he would struggle it. “You must have [a] prepared purchaser, prepared vendor,” he mentioned. He didn’t present extra remark.

A regulation agency representing Odey had beforehand mentioned allegations made in opposition to him have been “strenuously disputed”. Odey mentioned this week that “not one of the allegations have been stood up in a courtroom or an investigation”.

A former accomplice mentioned of Odey: “The emperor now has no garments and is shedding his powers. It’s very good to not be there anymore. They needed to do away with him. He’s clearly acquired to go. Ultimately the boss acquired shoved as a result of he went too far.”

Odey has been an essential determine within the Metropolis of London for greater than three many years. Since establishing OAM in 1991, he has cultivated a repute for taking excessive danger punts in the marketplace, delivering huge returns in addition to huge losses.

He has additionally donated giant sums to the UK’s Conservative get together and the anti-immigration Ukip get together, in addition to anti-EU stress teams. In 2022, Odey benefited from steep drops within the worth of sterling after he wager in opposition to the pound. His flagship fund returned 152 per cent in 2022.

Odey stepped down as co-chief government of the agency in November 2020, however remained the bulk proprietor. In the identical month, Brook Asset Administration was established and nearly half of the agency’s funds, together with these by star companions James Hanbury and Oliver Kelton, have been rebranded below the Brook identify.

A number of giant monetary establishments had already moved to chop ties with the agency in response to the FT’s reporting.

Exane, which is owned by French financial institution BNP Paribas, advised OAM on Thursday that it was terminating the connection. Goldman Sachs started unwinding its relationship, together with with Brook Asset Administration, on Friday.

The Monetary Conduct Authority, which approves the administration of monetary companies corporations and is investigating OAM, has been notified of the deliberate change of management on the firm, an individual conversant in the scenario mentioned. The FCA declined to remark.

The final time Odey’s government committee tried to self-discipline him for his behaviour in direction of ladies, after he broke a “remaining written warning” prohibiting him from behaving inappropriately with feminine employees in 2021, he fired them.

In response to the previous accomplice, extracting Odey from the agency he based will likely be difficult due to its “convoluted construction” with a number of holding firms inside the group which might be legally interconnected. Again workplace, authorized, compliance and advertising and marketing departments are shared.

“As we now have mentioned beforehand, the chief committee takes all allegations of misconduct extraordinarily critically. The agency has sturdy insurance policies and procedures which have been adopted always,” OAM’s assertion added.

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