Old Mutual Asset Management has acquired a majority interest in Copper Rock Capital Partners, a small-cap growth shop comprised of veterans of other Boston-based mutual fund companies, the Boston Globe reports.

Copper Rock was formed in February by Tucker Walsh, CEO, and four other principals. All were alums of State Street Research and Management Co. before MetLife completed the sale of that unit to BlackRock. The company's president is Michael Malouf, who had been part of Neuberger Berman's three-man Boston office until it was closed in December of 2002.

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