DUMAC, formally known as Duke Management Co., the asset
manager responsible for Duke Universitys $14 billion of
assets, including its $7 billion endowment, has long had a
reputation for investing in new and emerging hedge fund firms.
As part of Durham, North Carolinabased DUMACs
public securities investment team, Geoffrey Keegan spent
considerable time working with these smaller managers.
Including developing a separately managed account program
specifically focused on such funds. Given his experience, it
makes sense that Keegan recently launched his own firm
dedicated to emerging and start-up long-short fundamental
equity funds. The son of an Eastman Kodak Co. executive, Keegan
lived in Rochester, New York, for much of his youth. But he was
born in London, and returned there for his last three years of
high school to attend the American School in London in St.
Johns Wood. A true Blue Devil, he spent three years after
graduation from Duke with a major in economics working for
DUMAC, where he learned the ropes of asset management before
earning his MBA at Dukes Fuqua School of Business.
Keegan, 38, then moved to Chicago for a three-year stint with
alternative-investment and fund-of-funds firm Grosvenor Capital
Management as a member of the arbitrage investment group. When
DUMAC investment officer Neal Triplett was promoted to
president and CEO in 2007, he asked Keegan to come back and
hedge fund investment team. Keegan stayed at DUMAC for a
further six and three quarter years before leaving in 2014 to
form Creciente Partners Investment Management, based in
Raleigh, North Carolina.
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