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Former JPMorgan executive challenges UK’s London Whale report (Reuters)
A former JPMorgan Chase & Co executive in Europe is appealing findings by Britain’s financial watchdog that criticized his actions in connection with the “London Whale” scandal. Achilles Macris, who is appealing, ran the London division of JPMorgan’s Chief Investment Office, where Bruno Iksil, nicknamed “the London Whale” for the size of the his derivatives trades, stacked up huge losses, more than $6.2 billion at last count. JPMorgan agreed to pay $920 million in penalties last month to the U.S. Federal Reserve, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) over the trading scandal. The FCA notice of its fine, totaling 137.6 million pounds, did not mention Macris by name but said that “by virtue of the conduct of the CIO London management” JPMorgan had deliberately misled the regulator. A spokesman for Macris said he had not been given a proper opportunity by the FCA to respond to the criticisms before they were published.
22 Under Investigation In Libor Case In Britain (Dealbook)
British prosecutors have identified 22 individuals at various banks as potential co-conspirators in a wide-ranging inquiry into the manipulation of a global benchmark interest rate. The individuals were notified last week by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office that they were being investigated, prosecutors and lawyers for some of the potential co-conspirators said at a court hearing in London on Monday.
SAC Investors To Keep Big Profits (NYP)
As hedge-fund mogul Steve Cohen prepares to cough up about $1.4 billion to settle criminal insider trading charges against his SAC Capital Advisors, investors who benefited from the crimes will likely be able to hold on to those profits, experts told The Post. From 1999 through 2010 — when SAC was a “magnet for cheaters,” according to Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara — investors earned billions of dollars in profits as Cohen’s hedge funds produced 25 percent net annual returns. Investors started pulling assets from SAC in earnest this year as prosecutors put the final touches on their probe of the Cohen juggernaut. “The investors are passive and not involved in any of the things SAC is supposed to have done,” said Simon Lack, a former executive at JPMorgan responsible for investing in hedge funds. “It would be very difficult to penalize the investors.”
Blackstone Opens Singapore Office in Expansion Drive (Bloomberg)
Blackstone, the world’s biggest manager of alternative assets, will seek more investments in Southeast Asia following the opening of an office in Singapore seven years after entering the Asia-Pacific region. Blackstone, led by Chief Executive Officer Stephen Schwarzman, has more than $5 billion of Asian assets, of which more than half are in real estate. Singapore will be the firm’s second office with treasury functions after New York, according to the company, which manages about $248 billion worldwide.
Tommy Hilfiger lists his $80 million penthouse at Plaza (CNBC)
Hilfiger, the 62-year-old fashion tycoon, is listing his duplex at the Plaza Hotel for $80 million, making it one of the most exclusive condo listings in Manhattan. The apartment stretches over 6,000 square feet and includes the iconic dome atop the plaza, along with sweeping terraces overlooking Central Park and Fifth Avenue. If it sells at the asking price, the property would be second-most expensive condo ever to close in New York, according to Jonathan Miller of Miller & Samuel. The most expensive condo to close is believed to be a penthouse at 15 Central Park West sold by former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill in 2012…Hilfiger said he is selling because he is spending more time in Greenwich, Conn., where he is completing a three-year renovation of a 22-acre estate…He added, however, that it’s a good time to sell in New York. “I think it may be the strongest market in the world right now,” he said. “Everyone in the world, whether they’re from Qatar or China, wants a luxury apartment in New York.”
‘I party with my mom!’ Mother-daughter duos hit NYC clubs (NYP)
When Amanda Paneduro scrolls through photos on her iPhone, she has trouble picking out her favorite mother-daughter pic. Was it the one they took while partying at nightclub LIV in South Beach during a wild girls’ weekend? Dancing onstage together with electro-rap duo LMFAO at club Glo on Long Island? Or maybe the time at the rooftop in the Meatpacking District when a creepy older guy hit on both mom and daughter? “Nobody really knows she’s my mother,” says 19-year-old Amanda with a laugh. Tonight, the two are holding court at the Gansevoort Hotel rooftop bar, clad in black leather jackets, skintight pants and sky-high heels. “We have so much fun together — she’s my best friend,” gushes Amanda, a college student from Jericho, Long Island, of her 49-year-old separated mom, Ilyssa. “We share everything,” she continues, including Ilyssa’s prized collection of Céline and Chanel bags and YSL and Louboutin shoes. But they draw the line at sharing men. “A lot of times the same guy will try to hit on both of us,” says Amanda. “We attract positive attention. If we’re lucky, we’ll be invited to someone’s table. She’s like going out with a friend, very understanding. She’s not super-overprotective.” The pair are known to party till 4 a.m., then hit nearby Artichoke Pizza to refuel. They’ve been socializing together since Amanda was 16, and they’re such regulars on the scene that she doesn’t even get carded anymore. Celebrity culture and reality TV are already awash with mothers and daughters bonding over bottle service…Middle-aged New York moms are following suit — with wild nights of clubbing now supplanting the tame brunches and mani-pedi dates that might have defined parental bonding of yore.
BofA Said to Face Three More U.S. Probes of Mortgage-Bond Sales (Bloomberg)
U.S. attorneys offices in Georgia and California are examining potential violations tied to Countrywide Financial Corp., the subprime lender Bank of America bought in 2008, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the inquiries aren’t public. U.S. attorneys in New Jersey are looking into deals involving Merrill Lynch & Co., purchased by the firm in 2009, the people said.
Soaring London House Prices Fuel Concerns (WSJ)
Home sellers in London raised asking prices 10% in the early weeks of October, as foreign buyers continued stoking the market, adding to concern a fresh property bubble may be forming. The capital’s steep price increases have also fueled concern among policy makers that many residents may be forced out of the market. “This phenomenon has helped…to fuel the anger of professional people who cannot afford to live in districts where their parents grew up and who cannot see how their kids will ever be able to afford to buy in London,” said the city’s mayor, Boris Johnson, in an editorial in the Daily Telegraph.
Apple Preparing 65-Inch TV for Release in 2014, Analyst Says (Bloomberg)
Apple will probably start selling ultra-high definition televisions with 65- and 55-inch screens during the fourth quarter of next year, according to a Tokyo-based analyst at Advanced Research Japan Co.
Drunk falls asleep behind the wheel at Burger King drive-through window — for 2 solid hours: cops (NYDN)
Booze might make burgers taste better but not if you fall asleep before you can put in your order.
That’s what happened to a drunken New Jersey man who sat in his running Hyundai in a Burger King drive-through for two hours in the dead of night earlier this month, police said. Kyler Ginter, 41, of Sparta, apparently never got it his way because the fast-food restaurant’s manager saw him asleep at the wheel near the order screen, reported the Morristown Patch. Officers found Ginter inside the black vehicle with the key in the ignition about 3 a.m. Oct. 5, police said. “I knew I couldn’t handle it and I just wanted to stay here,” Ginter told police, according to a police report.