NEW YORK — Lehman Brothers last week spun off GLG Partners, its London-based alternative investment management unit, making it an independent entity.

The move was prompted by Lehman management’s conclusion that GLG, with $8 billion under management, no longer needed a parent.

The firm, which employs 75 people, offers nine investment funds including the GLG Opportunity Fund, a global macro hedge fund that invests in all asset classes including bonds, equities, and currencies. All the funds are currently closed to new investors.

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