Point72 Asset Management
Point72 Asset Management, L.P., is an American hedge fund managing the assets of its founder, Steven A. Cohen, and eligible employees. SAC Capital Advisors was founded in 1992 and converted its investment operations to the Point72 Asset Management family office in 2014. In 2018, the firm reopened to external investors after a two-year ban and began accepting outside capital. As of 2019, Point72 employed approximately 1,400 people. The firm's long/short investment divisions are Point72 Asset Management and EverPoint Asset Management. Cubist Systematic Strategies is its quantitative investing business. Point72 folded its big data unit into its Market Intelligence team in 2018. Point72 has its main office in Stamford, Connecticut and there are several satellite offices around the world.
|Founded||1992 (converted from SAC Capital Advisors in 2014)|
|Founder||Steven A. Cohen|
|Headquarters||Stamford, Connecticut, United States|
|Steven A. Cohen (Chairman, CEO, and President)|
|AUM||$13 billion (2019)|
|Owner||Steven A. Cohen|
Number of employees
Point72 was founded in 2014 as the successor to SAC Capital, after the firm pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges and paid a $1.8 billion fine. In March 2014, SAC Capital transferred the bulk of its assets to Point72 and was placed in "run-off," or a winding down of its operations. During this transition, Point72 launched a program a firm spokesperson referred to in a Wall Street Journal article as "the first phase of its transformation and renewal."
In the wake of the government's criticism of SAC's compliance program, Point72 enacted a series of reforms to bolster internal compliance. Former federal prosecutor Vincent Tortorella was hired to fill a newly created role of chief surveillance officer, and former U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, Kevin J. O’Connor, was hired to serve as Chief Counsel. A specialized surveillance unit, composed of ex-CIA, FBI and SEC investigators, was created to emphasize the need for compliance by traders, and in 2014, the firm retained Palantir Technologies, Inc., a Central Intelligence Agency-backed software maker to provide a new tool for compliance and surveillance. During this time, Point72 adopted other software programs designed to bolster internal compliance.
In August 2014, founder Steven Cohen replaced many of the management personnel who had operated SAC. Among the changes, he named a new president of Point72, Douglas D. Haynes, and a new chief operating officer, former IBM executive Timothy Shaughnessy. Haynes retired in March 2018 and was replaced as president by Cohen. Shaughnessy retired in 2018 and was replaced by Gavin O'Connor, who joined the firm from Goldman Sachs.
In 2015 the firm launched the Point72 Academy, an internship program to train new employees according to its mission and values. Point72 describes the program as an effort to build a stronger internal culture.
In 2016, Steve Cohen established Point72 Ventures, a venture capital fund that makes early-stage investments in Asia, Europe, Central America, and the United States. Point72 Ventures now invests in fintech, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, cyber-security and core-enterprise companies. Matthew Granade, the head of Point72’s Market Intelligence unit and a former co-head of research at Bridgewater Associates, is the Managing Partner at Point72 Ventures. As of 2019, the fund was composed of about 15 employees, and its investments typically range from $500,000 to $15 million. Pete Casella leads Point72 Ventures-Fintech, Dan Gwak and Sri Chandrasekar, lead Point72 Ventures-AI, and David Dubick and Noah Carr lead Ventures’ third sleeve, Point72 Ventures-Core Enterprise.
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