SEC Probes Hedge Fund That Promises Investors No Losses

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Statim Holdings Inc., an Atlanta-based firm that has guaranteed investors in its main hedge fund won’t lose money, is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to people familiar with the matter.

The SEC inquiry into Statim comes as Georgia regulators examine the firm. The state began a probe in 2015 after the company failed to submit to a surprise audit, filings show. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in July that he had discovered “multiple irregularities” involving Statim and its hedge fund Arjun.

“Our investigation is still ongoing,” Candice Broce, a spokeswoman for Kemp, said last week. She said state regulators have been working with the SEC, which declined to comment through a spokesman.

Bloomberg News reported in July that Statim, led by Joseph A. Meyer, is under investigation in Georgia. Meyer said in an interview for the story that he employs a computerized system of his own design but invests most of his clients’ money in safe Treasury bonds. The Arjun fund rose 24 percent in 2015, 91 percent in 2014 and 13 percent in 2013, Meyer said in an email.

Statim and Meyer have not been accused of any wrongdoing and an investigation doesn’t mean they will face legal action. Steve Sadow, an attorney for Meyer and Statim, said his clients did not do anything improper.

“The SEC and the GA Securities Division are conducting what appear to be a routine investigation of Arjun LP, Statim Holdings, Inc. and Joseph Meyer in part based on misstatements of fact made by you in your Bloomberg article,” Sadow said in an emailed statement. “All financial records and information sought in the inquiry have been disclosed and show no fraud or illegal activity whatsoever. Mr. Meyer has and will continue to cooperate in full with both agencies.”

The lawyer didn’t provide any details to support his contention that the story contained errors.

Meyer said last year that investors in Arjun’s main share class will never lose money. As part of the deal, investors must tie up their cash for 10 years or else lose 50 percent of their principal if they choose to redeem early. Meyer said that the firm maintains several other investing strategies.

Source: BloombergMarkets

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