Dedicated to sourcing, underwriting, and investing with best in class talent amongst small and emerging managers


Etymology: French, from protéger, to protect

Definition: One whose career is advanced by a person of experience

Protégé Partners is a specialized asset management and advisory firm that was founded in 2002 to focus exclusively on investing in established smaller hedge funds and select emerging managers. Through tenured judgment, deep-dive due diligence and pro-active risk management, we strive to identify best-in-class managers and put capital to work through arms-length, seed and tactical investments.

Since our inception, our commingled flagship portfolio has reflected the culmination of our core competencies. Additional dedicated offerings include a market independent strategy and select co-investment opportunities with our seed/acceleration managers through syndication share classes.

Our Team

  • Jeffrey Tarrant

    Jeffrey Tarrant

    Chairman,Chief Investment Officer and Founder

    Jeffrey Tarrant is Chairman,Chief Investment Officer and Founder.

    Jeffrey has more than three decades of hedge fund investment experience. Prior to founding Protégé Partners, Jeffrey managed institutional size alternative investments for private family fortunes and was a member of the board of the Investment Fund for Foundations. During this time, Jeffrey also created Altvest, the hedge fund industry’s first Internet-based commercial database and analytics systems. After graduating from Harvard Business School, Jeffrey worked at Berkeley Asset Management where he co-managed one of the first multi-managers in the US investing in hedge funds.

  • Adil Abdulali

    Adil Abdulali

    President & Chief Science Officer

    Adil Abdulali is a President & Chief Science Officer.

    Prior to joining Protégé, Adil managed a mortgage-backed securities hedge fund and served as a Senior Advisor at Capital Market Risk Advisors (“CMRA”). From 1991-1999, Adil traded mortgage products at JP Morgan, Nikko Securities, Nomura Securities and Barclays Capital.

  • Carol O’Donnell

    Carol O’Donnell

    Chief Executive Officer

    Carol O’Donnell is Chief Executive Officer & Chief Compliance Officer.

    Carol O’Donnell has extensive global legal and compliance experience serving financial institutions for over thirty years. Prior to joining Protégé Partners, she served DARA Capital US, Inc., a Swiss-owned boutique registered investment advisory and wealth management firm, for over three years as Director of Legal and Compliance. She was previously General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of the Permal Group, one of the largest fund of hedge fund investment firms which was acquired by Legg Mason Inc. in 2005. Prior to that, Carol was General Counsel and COO of Framework Investment Group, a firm which specialized in commodity investments. She also specialized in the practice of corporate, securities and commodities law at recognized law firms. Carol is a trustee of a US mutual fund and other private trusts. She is qualified to practice law in the States of New York and Connecticut, and has held securities and commodities registrations. Carol holds a JD from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and a BS in business and economics from Skidmore College.

  • Dave Budhram

    Dave Budhram

    Chief Financial Officer

    Dave Budhram is Chief Financial Officer.

    Dave is a corporate accountant. Dave was the corporate controller and V.P. of Finance at Westwood One, Inc. from August 2005 to April 2008. He was responsible for the preparation of the financial statements and SEC reporting. Prior to his time at Westwood One, Dave had similar roles for a period of ten years at Edison Schools and MBI Consulting Inc. Dave graduated from St. John's University in 1994 with a B.S. in Accounting and in 2005 with an M.B.A. in Finance.

  • Vera Tors

    Vera Tors


    Vera Tors is an Associate.

    Prior to joining Protégé, Vera worked as an Intern and Assistant to the owner of Festivities Events. Vera graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a B.A. in Communication.

  • Kristine Zhuang

    Kristine Zhuang


    Kristine Zhuang is an Analyst.

    Prior to joining Protégé, she performed administrative functions for News Corp’s c-suite executive offices. Kristine received a B.A. in English Literature and Art History from New York University.


Small Hedge Funds Complement Large Ones

CFA Institute May 19, 2015. (Michael Weinberg)

The Bias Ratio™ : Measuring the Shape of Fraud

Protege Partners-Quarterly Letter 3Q 2006. (Adil Abdulali)

Life Cycle of Hedge Fund Managers

Evaluating and Implementing Hedge Fund Strategies, Third Edition, Ronald A. Lake. Euromoney Publications. 2003. (Jeffrey Tarrant)

Hedge Fund Investing: A Private Family Perspective

Evaluating and Implementing Hedge Fund Strategies, Second Edition, Ronald A. Lake. Euromoney Books. 1996. (Jeffrey Tarrant)


“Global Wealth Summit 2016 Interview - Protege Partners eyes new deals...” November 16 2016.

Institutional Investor’s alpha “Interview: Jeffrey Tarrant of Protégé Partners on his Hedge Fund Gambles” February 2016

HFMWeek “Seeding: Top 5” November 2014


Hedgeweek USA Awards “Best Seeding Platform” (2016)

Hedgeweek Awards “Best Seeding Platform” (2016)

Hedgeweek USA Awards “Best Seeding Platform” (2015)

AI (Alternative Investments) Hedge Fund 2015 Awards “Award for Excellence in Small Hedge Fund Investing” (2015)

Institutional Investor 2012 Hedge Fund Industry Awards “Early Stage Hedge Fund Investor of the Year” (2012)

InvestHedge Awards “Emerging Manager Fund of Fund of the Year” (2009)

InvestHedge Awards “Emerging Manager Fund of Fund of the Year” (2008)

InvestHedge Awards “Emerging Manager Fund of Fund of the Year” (2007)

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