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Three London-based fund managers leave Cohen's SAC Capital

BOSTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Three portfolio managers who worked for Steven A. Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors in London have left the hedge fund, which is currently fighting criminal insider trading charges.

Alidod Shirinbekov, Woei Chan and Paul Crouch no longer work at Cohen's SAC Global Investors LLP unit, according to filings dated Sept. 26 on the UK's Companies House website.

A spokesman for SAC declined to comment on the news, which was first reported by Bloomberg. The men could not be reached for comment. Crouch and Chan were quantitative portfolio managers, according to their LinkedIn profiles.

The website listed the men's appointments as being terminated but did not give details on why they left. Their departures came after review season.

Last month SAC offered retention bonuses to some staff for next year after the U.S. government charged the $14 billion firm with securities and wire fraud, prompting outside investors to pull nearly all of their capital. The firm has denied all wrongdoing.

SAC let about a dozen marketing and sales people go as it became clear that it would not be attracting outside capital as it defends itself against the government charges. So far there has been no mass exodus on the investment side at the firm, which employs roughly 900 people and has been known for periodic turnover as analysts and portfolio managers leave the high-pressured firm after a few years.