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(Bloomberg) -- Credit Suisse Group AG is courting investors to raise as much as $2 billion for a fund that will buy stakes in hedge-fund firms, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

The Zurich-based bank’s Anteil Capital Partners unit will aim to buy minority stakes in 10 to 12 money managers, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

Anteil Capital, whose name means “share” in German, is run by John Powers, the former leader of the team managing Stanford University’s endowment, and former Blackstone Group LP executive Anthony Maniscalco. The division, part of Credit Suisse’s asset-management arm, recently hired Anurag Bhardwaj, the former global head of strategic consulting for Barclays Plc’s prime brokerage, as head of strategic business services.

Regulations since the global financial crisis have imposed stricter capital rules on banks, deterring them from using their own money to trade and forcing them to shut or separate proprietary trading desks. While Credit Suisse is focusing on raising external money at Anteil, owning a piece of a hedge fund lets banks profit from the fees that money managers generate -- typically 2 percent for management and 20 percent of performance.

For the hedge-fund firms, a high-profile investor can help them win institutional clients, while allowing founders to monetize some of their ownership stakes. Anteil Capital will compete to buy minority hedge-fund stakes with the likes of Dyal Capital Partners, Blackstone and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s Petershill unit, which beat its initial $1 billion target for its second fund earlier this year.

To contact the reporters on this story: Nishant Kumar in London at nkumar173@bloomberg.net, Donal Griffin in London at dgriffin10@bloomberg.net. To contact the editors responsible for this story: Neil Callanan at ncallanan@bloomberg.net, Keith Campbell, Amy Thomson

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