Bess Levin

Posts by Bess Levin

On Monday night, Citi CEO Mike Corbat appeared on a panel at NYU’s Stern School of Business alongside hedge fund manager John Paulson and private equity chief Joseph Landy. The conversation was free flowing and touched on a number of subjects du jour, like too-big-to-fail, post-crisis regulation, and the future of the global economy, but, as he was speaking before students, Corbat was also there to make the case for people to come work at Citi. Knowing full well that the banking industry in general and Citi specifically probably holds little if any allure for the junior banking set these days, he put on a happy face nonetheless and really committed to the part, telling those assembled:

1. Despite regulatory constraints, it’s still a super fun time to be a banker.
2. Banks are going “digital” so you could think of yourself like a pioneer, on the Oregon Trail.
3. Bottom line: We’re all adults here. Everyone knows you all want to go to a PE firm or hedge fund but not everybody’s gonna because there literally aren’t enough chairs to go around at these places. Their offices aren’t that big, relatively speaking, and there straight up are not enough places for people to sit. I’m not stupid, I get it. Who wouldn’t want to go work for Paulson and Co. over a bank, especially when that bank is Citi. But again, it just comes down to math. So when you get the “We’ll be in touch line” from them, you come give me a call. Read more »

  • 30 Sep 2014 at 4:38 PM

SEC Charges Guy With Being Very Bad Roommate

10. Leaves dishes in the sink.
9. Fills DVR with Diners, Drive Ins and Dives and “Save All Episodes” option
8. Brings back strange men he/she met on the corner 5 minutes earlier.
7. Is late with the rent.
6. Eats your food.
5. Leaves Post-it notes on the bathroom mirror that read “Should I deduct $0.75 from your portion of the rent for the shampoo you used this morning?”
4. Repeatedly asks you if your girlfriend is single.
3. Invites the cast of Stomp over for a nightcap when you’ve got a big presentation in the morning.
2. Tells your mother she looks great and asks if she’s had work done since she last visited.
1. Trades on material non-public information you mentioned in passing and in confidence. Read more »


[via @cgasparino, related]

  • 30 Sep 2014 at 2:39 PM

Morningstar Still Has 99.579% Confidence In Pimco

As you may have heard, Pimco co-founder Bill Gross announced last Friday that he was leaving the firm he started in 1971 for Janus Capital Group, before parent group Allianz could fire him. Since then, analysts, commentators, investors, and feral cats hoping to take Bob Gross‘s place have weighed in on who will ultimately emerge stronger from this breakup. The people who pulled $10 billion from Pimco immediately after hearing that Gross was out clearly believe that that place is nothing without him. Pimco management has taken the other side of the argument. Ron Insana at CNBC just wants everyone to know that “Bill Gross is NOT crazy.” And what does the ratings branch of Morningstar think? Apparently that Pimco is still a world class athlete of a fund but that it might have to stand on the short box. Read more »

Thankfully, the e-commerce giant came to its senses before Ichan had to go all Queens schoolyard on its ass. The only reason he gave them an extension on his patience is because he’s actually had great success selling his knickknacks on the site. Read more »

  • 29 Sep 2014 at 4:38 PM

David Einhorn Just Came Into Some Bagel Money

The Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, whose bagel shops include Einstein Brothers Bagels, Noah’s New York Bagels and Manhattan Bagel, said on Monday that it would sell itself to JAB Holding Company, a German conglomerate formerly called Joh. A. Benckiser, for about $374 million. The price of $20.25 a share in cash represents a 47 percent premium over Einstein Noah’s 30-day average trading price, the company said…David Einhorn, whose hedge fund is Einstein Noah’s largest shareholder, with a stake above 35 percent, said he supported the sale to JAB. He called the deal a “win-win for all parties.” “For more than a decade, we have worked closely with the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group to execute a turnaround plan, reducing debt and expanding its store footprint,” Mr. Einhorn said in a statement. “J.A.B. is an experienced firm that will lead Einstein Noah Restaurant Group into its next phase of growth.” [Dealbook]

  • 29 Sep 2014 at 4:23 PM

Firing/Clawback Watch ’14: Lloyds

The British bank has told 8 employees to turn in their ID badges and cough up their bonuses. Read more »


[via @jennablan, earlier re: horses]