Bess Levin

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markzuckerbergofficeForeign-exchange traders’ messages on Facebook Inc. are being sought by European Union antitrust regulators as they expand a probe into alleged collusion between banks beyond work e-mails and instant messages, two people with knowledge of the case said. Banks have been asked to supply all communications between traders, including social media, said three people who didn’t want to be named because the EU’s requests are private. The EU suspects that some e-mails and online messages have been erased to destroy signs that traders were illegally swapping information, one of the people said. [Bloomberg]

According to a court filing by his soon-to-be ex-wife, Christina, Jefferies Global Head of Healthcare Sage Kelly (he of “I have never defecated or urinated in bed, on the floor or a wall“) allegedly “develope[d] and expand[ed] his relationship” with a principal at Aegerion Pharmaceuticals by having sex with the guy’s girlfriend and offering up his wife in exchange. Read more »

ray-dalioBridgewater Associates sued Howard Wang and Wenquan “Robert” Wu in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday, saying they tried to publicize their newly-formed hedge fund, Convoy Investments, by lying about their former roles at Bridgewater. Bridgewater claims that Wang and Wu tried to pass themselves off as “former key figures responsible for core aspects of Bridgewater’s business,” but “they were nothing of the sort.” Bridgewater is asking a federal judge to order Wang and Wu stop misrepresenting their role at Bridgewater and pay the hedge fund firm damages…Bridgewater says that Wang joined Bridgewater in 2008 as an entry-level junior analyst in the client services department that is responsible for managing the hedge fund’s relationships with clients. Wang left in 2012 and Bridgewater says he told the hedge fund “that he intended to pursue ballroom dancing ‘full time as a competitor.’” Wu joined Bridgewater’s internal finance department in 2007 as a software developer, coding software that calculated Bridgewater’s fees. Wu was later transferred to the core tech department at the hedge fund and dealt with discrete coding projects until he left the hedge fund firm in 2010, telling Bridgewater that he was unemployed and traveling, the hedge fund claims. [Forbes]

hsbcEarlier this week, we learned that two HSBC employees had sued the bank, claiming that they had been demoted and had their bonuses cut by more than 60 percent after reporting a superior’s conduct– which allegedly included strongly encouraging an underling to have sex with various male employees, attempting to pull her top down in public, and so on and so forth. Then on Tuesday, the firm scored a rare trifecta when a third employee filed suit against it, claiming that he’d been fired for complaining about a colleague touching him in places no one wants to be touched by their colleagues, and also requesting favors of the sexual variety. Read more »

Bill AckmanIt’s a burden, really. Read more »

Carl IcahnBillionaire investor Carl Icahn says the struggling Trump Taj Mahal casino “will almost certainly close.” The would-be purchaser of the casino told the Associated Press on Thursday night that the casino’s finances are dire. Four of Atlantic City’s 12 casinos have closed this year, and the Taj Mahal would be the fifth. Mr. Icahn, sounding very much like a man growing tired of the whole topic, said that even though he won’t back out of a deal he made with owner Trump Entertainment Resorts to acquire the Taj Mahal and pump $100 million into it, he wishes he never answered the phone when the company first called him about it. “One overriding fact is perfectly clear: The Taj is quickly running out of money and will almost certainly close,” Mr. Icahn said. [WSJ]

Sage KellySome words you don’t often hear senior Wall Street execs say aloud are “I have never defecated or urinated in bed, on the floor or a wall.” And yet, Sage Kelly, Global Head of Healthcare Investment Banking at Jefferies, said exactly that in court papers this week, in response to allegations by his wife that he’s mistaken all of those places for a toilet, in addition to other stuff re: copious drug use, “foursomes,” and “wife-swapping.” Read more »

  • 23 Oct 2014 at 5:54 PM

Janus Warns Shareholders On Effects Of Hurricane Bill

bill_gross_mustache3Luring the Triple Crown of Newport Beach to Denver comes at a cost. Read more »