Hedging Bets with Diane

Sunday, February 17, 2013

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Cocktail-fab in a Paula Ka dress and Christian Dior jewels, Diane Henry-Lepart is ready to party.

As chief operations officer of the start-up hedge fund, The Rare Fund, she joins us on the couch to gab ahead of celebrating MOBO Awards founder Kanya King's birthday at Hanover Grange. "We are very excited about the great performance," she shares of the hedge fund's healthy status to date.

The private client-based operation, which Henry-Lepart explains can trend up and down, requires a minimum investment of ¤5 million for those looking to buy in. "We are open to lower investments because naturally people want to test the water... but that would be on a selected basis and based on the net worth of the client," the British national tells SO.

Detailing her next professional move, Henry-Lapert says: "...because of where I am placed, there have been a number of other opportunities coming my way, I am currently looking at what might be a corporate finance boutique that sits alongside the hedge fund; that's an exciting opportunity... but it's an area I am familiar with so I am very excited about it."

She's a second-generation Jamaican (mum is from Hanover, her late father from Clarendon) and relishes her trips here.

"I love it. It feels like home and it is home really, and I am excited about the prospects about Jamaica going forward. I think it is a brilliant country," she shares.

And what's her take on The Rock's current financial pickle?

"The current financial situation is global. I think that many governments around the world, western governments in particular, have made a number of hard decisions and have further decisions to make about how they manage their fiscal exposures. In Jamaica there are long-term issues that are faced in the current perspective. The solution to all of this is a degree of transparency around financing, and a focus on infrastructure spending which is not uncommon coming out of a recession, and there has to be provision for the most needy in society."

She takes a glass of bubbly from a passing waitress and with our convo complete, she's off to mingle.




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