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Sharkish Hedge Fund Hires Rafalko as Controller

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EL SEGUNDO, CA (–Chapman Capital LLC, a registered investment adviser specializing in small capitalization reorganizations and turnarounds, hired Rachel A. Rafalko as its controller.

Chapman is a division of the California Alternative Asset Management Co. LLC, and the general partner of Chap-Cap Partners LP, a Delaware limited partnership with a reputation as a leading activist investor in the United States.

Before joining Chapman, Ms Rafalko served in various positions at Oakmont Corp., Los Angeles.

“In addition to being responsible for the financial reporting of Chap-Cap Partners LP and Chap-Cap Offshore Ltd., Rachel will oversee all compliance issues as the hedge fund industry inevitably becomes more regulated in the coming years,” said the managing member of Chapman, Robert L. Chapman Jr., in a statement.

Chapman made news this spring when it forced the resignation of both the chief executive and the chairman of Montreal-based animation company Cinar Corp. His fund, in collaboration with other stockholders (including two of Cinar’s co-founders) installed their own board and they are now looking for a buyer.

Mr. Chapman has compared himself to a shark that smells blood in the water. In the case of Cinar, that did not require a uniquely keen olfactory sense. Its stock (CINRB: Nasdaq) fell from $4 to $1.70 in October and November 2001, after a series of scandals. Cinar was accused of falsely claiming that certain of its cartoons were written by Canadians in order to qualify for tax credits. Separately, an audit committee found that management had invested US$122 million offshore without the approval of the board. (In January, Quebec’s prosecutors announced that they had not found evidence sufficient to justify pressing the tax fraud charge.)


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