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Visium PM places fourth at Warfighters charity poker tournament

September 26, 2011   Lawrence Delevingne

The Wall Street Warfighters Foundation, which raises money to help disabled veterans, got a boost from the poker stars of Axonic, Elliott, Flintlock and others at its second annual fundraiser.


 Cushman & Wakefield hedge fund real estate pro Jonathan Luttwak (center) celebrates a winning hand as retired General Peter Pace (top left), Flintlock’s Dave Walker (second from top left) and others look on. Photo: Violetta Markelou

Hedge funders showed their military ties and poker skills Thursday night at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York to support veterans looking for jobs in finance.

Players from Elliott Management, Visium Asset Management, Flintlock Capital Asset Management and others stacked chips and called each others’ bluffs at a charity fundraiser for the Wall Street Warfighters Foundation, which helps prepare disabled veterans for careers in the financial services industry using a six month program including class work, exam preparation, mentorship and internships.

The event featured approximately 600 attendees, 400 of whom played poker, and raised several hundred thousand dollars for WSWF. Charlie Prince, an associate at entertainment law firm Grubman Indursky & Shire, won the tournament.

The industry didn’t do so badly: Stefan Lumiere, a distressed and special situations portfolio manager at Visium, made it to the final table and came in fourth place.

Many of the hedge funds represented on the battleship-turned-museum had military ties. David Walker, president and chief operating officer of Flintlock, is a West Point graduate who led an Army special operations unit. Another West Pointer, Flintlock’s chief investment officer and Tudor Investment Corp. alum Steve Mathews, served in the Army as a tank platoon leader and company commander. The Flintlock execs came up with the idea and worked with WSWF to put on the tournament this year and last.

Peter Gaudet, president and COO of hedge fund Axonic Capital, is another West Point alum (Axonic is led by Army veteran Clayton DeGiacinto). There were also players from WestSpring Advisors, which is led by Army veterans Ralph Nacey and Brian Cox. Other hedge fund-related attendees included AIS Futures Management, G2 Capital Management and such hedge fund service providers as law firm Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen and real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield.

The event also featured several high profile military veterans, including retired United States Marine Corps General Peter Pace (former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff); retired Brigadier General Peter Dawkins (a Heisman Trophy winner, Wall Street executive and co-founder of Flintlock); Army Captain Jack Jacobs (who won the Medal of Honor for service in the Vietnam War); and Sargent Dakota Meyer (a Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama on September 15 for saving dozens of lives in Afghanistan).

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