NEW YORK (–Hedge fund holding company and incubator Asset Alliance Corporation acquired an equity interest in New York-based Spencer Capital Management LLC, a fund manager headed by Kenneth Shubin Stein.

The size of the stake was not disclosed, but Asset Alliance typically acquires 50% of a manager’s equity. Spencer specializes in deep value investing, using various instruments that include stocks, options and credit derivatives.

Mr. Stein previously co-founded Compo Asset Management LLC, a partnership that later became part of Promethean Investment Group.

Bruce Lipnick, president and chief executive of Asset Alliance, said in a statement that Mr. Stein has a unique skill set and has clearly demonstrated his ability to execute his investment strategy.

Asset Alliance and its affiliated managers in various strategies oversee about US$4.6 billion in assets. Providing capital to emerging managers in exchange for ownership interest or future capacity is a growing segment of the hedge fund industry (see ).

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