A deep rift has developed between the SEC's Receiver of the failed Lancer hedge fund group and the majority of its investors. The group of investors, who claim to have invested more than $570 million in Lancer Offshore Inc. and The OmniFund Ltd., have accused Marty Steinberg of "antagonism" and a lack of co-operation.
Eighty-six investors from 19 countries who claim to have invested more than $570 million in the Lancer Offshore Group have filed a lawsuit against its directors, administrator, auditor and prime broker. The three biggest claimants are all based in Montreal, Canada: Fondation Lucie et Andre Chagnon, a charity with a claim for $100 million; Bombardier Inc., the world's biggest train maker and third largest civil aircraft manufacturer whose pension fund has a claim for $68 million; and the University of Montreal's pension fund, with a claim for $67 million.
An offshore fund administrator has been accused of "impeding" the investigation in the United States into the $600 million collapse of the Lancer group of hedge funds. Citco Fund Services (U.S.A.) Inc. has refused to turn over records concerning BVI-registered Lancer Offshore Inc. and The OmniFund Ltd., which its Netherlands Antilles affiliate administered.
More than $600 million of the $1.15 billion invested in the Lancer Offshore group of hedge funds from 1995 to 2002 may be lost.The initial report of Lancer's receiver, Marty Steinberg, acting for the SEC, showed that investors put in