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Kyle Bass's failed Hong Kong short got Bannon-linked cash: Bloomberg News

Kyle Bass's failed Hong Kong short got Bannon-linked cash: Bloomberg News

Kyle Bass, founder of Hayman Capital Management, speaks during the Reuters Global Investment 2019 Outlook Summit in New York, on Nov 14, 2018. (Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Hayman Capital Management LP founder Kyle Bass's failed bet against the Hong Kong dollar got cash linked to former US President Donald Trump's adviser Steve Bannon, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday.

The details were laid out by the US Securities and Exchange Commission in an enforcement action against GTV Media Group, a startup with ties to Bannon and Chinese businessman Guo Wengui, Bloomberg reported.

The startup had raised US$339 million through an unregistered share sale last year, the report said, citing the securities regulator.

In June 2020, US$100 million of those proceeds were transferred to a hedge fund that is managed by Bass's Hayman Capital Management, the report said, citing two people with direct knowledge of the matter.

The hedge fund, which takes positions in the Hong Kong dollar and other Asian currencies, lost 95 per cent of the US$30 million it invested, the report added.

Hayman Capital Management or Bass, however, have not been accused of any wrongdoing, the report said.

Last month, GTV was among three media companies that agreed to pay more than US$539 million to settle charges with the SEC that they illegally sold stock and digital assets to thousands of investors.

A spokesperson for Hayman Capital Management did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. GTV Media could not be reached for comment.

Source: Reuters

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