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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Philippe Jabre Interview: Columbia Business School's Graham & Doddsville

Columbia Business School is out with the Spring 2014 issue of its Graham & Doddsville newsletter.  In it, they interview Philippe Jabre of Jabre Capital as well as Arnold Van Den Berg and Jim Brilliant of Century Management.  It also profiles H. Kevin Byun of Denali Investors and Eric Rosenfeld of Crescendo Partners.

Additionally, pitches from the Pershing Square Challenge are presented.  MBA students presented longs of Allegion (ALLE), Carnival (CCL), Clean Harbors (CLH), Naspers (JSE:NPN) and a short of Cablevision (CVC).

The full issue is below, but here's some select quotes from Jabre's interview:

Jabre talks about starting his own firm and notes that,

"Before you start a  hedge fund you have to  follow the right steps. I  always tell people it's the  same as if you are a doctor,  architect, or lawyer opening  a practice. I first joined a  bank, then after ten years I  joined Lehman Brothers.  Then, with a group of four  partners, we spun off from  Lehman Brothers and  created GLG. And then  after that, I created my own  fund. You follow the steps  so people will follow you.    I remember after business  school I wanted to create  my own fund at age 25. My  father told me if you want  to lose money, go lose  money at other people's  expense. You can't become  a fund manager unless  you’ve lost a lot of money  and survived. So JabCap was  a normal evolution when I  started it seven years ago. A  lot of clients followed  because I had a very good  track record at my prior  funds over the previous  fifteen years and that made  it easier. But you need a  track record and you need  to have clients. The barriers  to entry are very high today  and what people look for is  a track record and the  experience of managing  money unsupervised. And  that's a very difficult concept that you learn with time."

Jabre on opportunities: "So the key thing is to find  things that have done nothing for ages and  suddenly there is an event  that you need to be the first  to understand or appreciate.  And this is where you have a huge opportunity to outperform."

Embedded below is the Spring 2014 issue of CBS' Graham & Doddsville newsletter:

For more from Columbia Business School, be sure to check out their interview with Maverick Capital's Lee Ainslie in a previous issue as well as their interview with Li Lu.

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