Rubin’s got “regrets” and Prince is “deeply sorry” that management wasn’t more “prescient.” Also, you should know, that since taking up early retirement, Chuck has “given a great deal of thought to the unique events that led to the financial crisis and which bring us here today.” Read more »
Nobody really listened to him much though, probably because the subject lines of his emails to Bob Rubin and Co were fairly mundane (“THIS LOOKS REALLY FUCKING BAD, FELLAS”) and he forgot to mark them high alert. Just kidding, of course, that’s exactly what he did.
When it comes to creative narrative, you have to look pretty hard to beat the plaintiff’s bar. Take, for instance, the federal lawsuit jabbing Citi management with the accusation that their repackaging and remarketing of CDOs amounted to a Ponzi scheme, propping up CIti shares until insiders could exit. Chuck Prince and Robert Rubin are at the center of the mess, and, whatever you think of the claims, the timing could probably be better for Robert Rubin.
Still, who are we to turn our nose up at a well written complaint or the New York Post article that brings it to us in Technicolor?
‘PONZI SCHEME’ AT CITI [The New York Post]
Another day, another crisis in the credit markets. KKR Financial, which is a publicly traded investment vehicle run by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, made headlines this morning when it asked for a restructuring of billions of dollars in short-term debt. Apparently they’ve struck a bargain with their investors to delay the repayment of the debt, which was due last Friday, until March. But reading about the story of KKR Financial is like watching the credit crunch in action.