Alternative Investment News Announces its Nominees for the 4th Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards; John Meriwether, of JWM Partners, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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Alternative Investment News, a newsletter published by Institutional Investor News that provides weekly coverage of the global alternatives market, today announced the nominees for its 4th Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards. The awards recognize the hedge funds, funds of funds, endowments, foundations, and corporate and public pension funds that have made significant impacts on the hedge fund industry over the past year. Nominees and winners are selected by the editorial staff of Alternative Investment News. Winners will be announced and honored at an annual dinner and ceremony on June 28, 2006 at Gotham Hall in New York City. John Meriwether, of JWM Partners, will be honored with Alternative Investment News’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

This year’s award categories and nominees are as follows:

Emerging Manager:

KGR Capital

Pershing Square Capital Management

Sandelman Partners

Shooter Fund Management

Square Capital Management

Hedge Fund Launch:

Convexity Capital

Magnetar Capital

Peloton Partners

Renaissance Technologies

SAC Capital Advisors

Institutional Investor:

California Public Employees' Retirement System

ITT Industries

San Diego County Employees Retirement Association

Teachers Retirement System of Texas

West Yorkshire Pension Fund

Institutional Manager:

ABN Amro Asset Management

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

HSBC

ING Alternative Asset Management

State Street Global Advisors

Fund of Funds Leader:

Financial Risk Management

Gottex Fund Management

Investcorp Asset Management

Muirfield Capital Management

Optima Fund Management

Hedge Fund Leader:

AQR Capital Management

Brevan Howard Asset Management

Ospraie Management

Pirate Capital

Third Point Management

2006 HEDGE FUND INDUSTRY AWARDS ADVISORY BOARD

Joel Katzman,

Formerly of JP Morgan Alternative Asset Management

Nick von Speyr,

Optima Fund Management

Kent Clark,

Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Strategies

Victor Park,

Alternative Asset Investment Management

Mehmet Dalman,

WMG Limited

Stuart Beretz,

Global Prime Brokerage Services, Bear Stearns

About Alternative Investment News:

Alternative Investment News delivers breaking news and analysis on the fast-growing institutional market for alternative investments - specifically the use of hedge funds and similar entities by public and corporate pension funds. Widely read by hedge funds, hedge fund of funds, private equity funds, multi-product money managers, and pension funds, as well as the financial and product intermediaries who serve them – Alternative Investment News is the only alternative investment news service that provides subscribers with usable, bankable investor business leads! Plus, readers stay up to date on breaking news with the Hedge Fund Daily email service.

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