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MF Global Customer Says $50 Million Commodity Account Gone

Friday, 02 Dec 2011 02:49 PM

Highridge Futures Fund LP, a customer of the MF Global Inc. brokerage, said its $50 million account with the defunct firm is “missing.”

Trustee James Giddens has “failed and refused” to provide any information about the whereabouts of the account, the fund said in a filing today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan. It asked the judge handling the liquidation case to order Giddens to locate and transfer the account, containing mostly cash and also unsettled commodity positions.

Highridge described itself as a registered commodity pool incorporated in Delaware, with a general partner that is an Illinois company.

Giddens has transferred about 38,000 commodity accounts to other firms, and plans to sell 330 securities accounts. Three transfers of collateral made and pending will give commodity customers about $4 billion of their assets, according to court filings.

“Highridge’s account was not among the accounts transferred,” the fund said. “This account is nowhere to be found.”

Kent Jarrell, a Giddens spokesman, said he couldn’t immediately comment on the filing.

Account Shortfall

The shortfall in the MF Global brokerage’s U.S. segregated customer accounts may exceed $1.2 billion, more than double what was previously expected, Giddens has said. That would mean customer accounts are missing about 22 percent of their total of $5.4 billion.

The parent company’s Oct. 31 bankruptcy filing, the eighth- largest in U.S. history, listed assets of $41 billion. The firm said it has about $26 million in cash. Jon Corzine, the former co-chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., quit as MF Global’s CEO on Nov. 4.

The brokerage case is Securities Investor Protection Corp. v. MF Global Inc., 11-02790, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan). The parent’s bankruptcy case is MF Global Holdings Ltd., 11-bk-15059, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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