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Northern Trust Strengthens Hedge Fund Investment Team

August 20, 2014

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tristan Thomas has joined Northern Trust Alternatives Group as Director of Portfolio Strategy for hedge funds and Greg Jones has joined as a Hedge Fund Analyst, strengthening the group that provides funds-of-funds and custom solutions for sophisticated investors.

As Director of Portfolio Strategy, Thomas is responsible for portfolio construction and monitoring of funds-of-funds and custom programs and is a member of the team’s Senior Investment Committee. He joins from Mesirow Financial in Chicago, where he was responsible for the monitoring and sourcing of hedge fund strategies. Jones is responsible for the sourcing, due diligence, and monitoring of macro, relative value, and commodity strategies across Northern Trust’s hedge fund program, and joins from Cliffwater LLC.

“We are excited to add two talented and experienced members to our team in Chicago, building on our culture of strong collegiality and consensus-driven decision making for manager selection and portfolio construction,” said Robert Morgan, Managing Director of the Northern Trust Alternatives Group. “We seek to invest with managers who are able to provide strong performance through differentiated trade opportunities, and Tristan and Greg will play key roles in our process.”

Thomas brings 16 years of financial experience to Northern Trust. At Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Thomas was a member of the senior investment group focused on macro, commodities, relative value, multi-strategy, volatility and other strategies. He was previously a senior analyst at Mesirow, covering hedge fund strategies in Asia, and began his career in the fixed income unit at Lehman Brothers. Thomas is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Jones comes to Northern Trust from the research team at Cliffwater, where he was focused on the global macro family of strategies, including discretionary global macro, systematic global macro, currency and commodity hedge fund strategies. He has a bachelor’s degree in decision and information sciences from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Northern Trust’s Alternatives Group has approximately $3.7 billion in assets, bringing together portfolio construction and management, product, sales and service teams to build on the private solutions offered by Northern Trust's multi-manager business. To learn more, see:

Asset Management at Northern Trustcomprises Northern Trust Investments, Inc., Northern Trust Global Investments Limited, Northern Trust Global Investments Japan, K.K., NT Global Advisors, Inc. and investment personnel of The Northern Trust Company of Hong Kong Limited and The Northern Trust Company.

About Northern Trust

Northern Trust Corporation is a leading provider of asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary, and banking solutions for corporations, institutions, families, and individuals worldwide. Chicago-based Northern Trust has offices in 19 states, Washington, D.C., and 19 international locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of June 30, 2014, Northern Trust had assets under custody of US$6 trillion, and assets under investment management of US$924.4 billion. For 125 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader in combining exceptional service and expertise with innovative products and technology. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.

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