Up big, hedge fund Conatus poaches from SAC, others

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David Stemerman's fast growing hedge fund firm, Greenwich,Conn.-based Conatus Capital Management, has poached talent from other leading investment managers in the last few months.

Among the firm's major targets are top hedge funds SAC Capital Advisors and GLG Partners and private equity shop Thomas H. Lee Partners, according to an investor letter obtained by CNBC.com.

Dave Tompkins was hired recently as a senior consumer analystat the equity-focused hedge fund. He was most recently a portfolio manager at SAC unit CR Intrinsic and had previously worked as consumer sector co-head at Shumway Capital and as a senior consumer analyst at Tudor Investment Corp.

It wasn't immediately clear if Tompkins' move was part of $15 billion SAC's recently announced downsizing. A spokesman for the firm declined to comment.