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    The Abrupt Cancellation Of Phil Falcone’s 2012 Birthday Party: An Inside Job?

    Two years ago, like a modern day Noah, Nicholas Jacinto arrived at the townhouse of […]

    / Jan 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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    Robert Benmosche Was Less Than Thrilled About Post-Crisis Restrictions On Corporate Jet Usage

    After the Great Auto CEO Debacle of 2008, the government had put its foot down […]

    / Oct 22, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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    Julian Robertson To Give Up One “Long Island Day” To Attend 80th Birthday Party

    Memo to the Tiger Cubs who are throwing the bash: weekends are hardly ever city […]

    / Sep 24, 2012 at 4:02 PM
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    Rajat Gupta Defense Team: You Think Our Client Would Pass Inside Information To A Guy Who Didn’t Even Have The Decency To Invite Him To His Birthday Party?

    What motivates people to share material non-public information with a person they know will use it for profit? For some, it’s simply about greed. For others, it’s about the thrill. For yet others, it’s about pillow talk. For Rajat Gupta, the McKinsey director currently on trial for allegedly passing inside information to Raj Rajaratnam, it’s about friendship, according to prosecutors who are trying to make the case that Raj and Rajat were the best of buds and that’s what buds do. They they back each other up when they drunkenly hit on the girlfriend of the wrong guy at the bar, they stand up as best men at each others’ weddings, they pick up the phone and say “Buy GS” when they know for a fact Warren Buffett is about to do so, too. And although attorneys representing Gupta don’t deny the two were thick as thieves, they argue that while perhaps back in the day Rajat would have provided useful information to Raj, there is no way he would have done so after Big R twice violated the bonds of friendship. In the first instance, there was this:

    Defense attorneys have argued that Messrs. Gupta and Rajaratnam had a falling out in fall 2008 after Mr. Gupta lost his entire $10 million investment in a fund managed by Mr. Rajaratnam and therefore wouldn’t have passed along inside information…The precise timing of their relationship’s deterioration could be crucial in proving Mr. Gupta’s guilt or raising doubts in the minds of jurors about whether he conspired to commit securities fraud…Defense attorneys have said Mr. Gupta was furious at Mr. Rajaratnam in the fall of 2008, when Mr. Gupta’s $10 million investment in a fund called Voyager Capital Partners Ltd. evaporated. According to Mr. Kumar’s testimony, Mr. Gupta felt Mr. Rajaratnam’s negligence had allowed Voyager to collapse.

    And then this happened:

    / Jun 4, 2012 at 5:53 PM