Baupost Group, Paulson & Co. and Cargill’s hedge fund unit think it’s awfully fishy that the corpse of Lehman Brothers is so eager to sell almost $3 billion in bankruptcy claims to Elliott Management and King Street Capital Management for a little over $1 billion. Especially since CarVal would like to pay almost $1.5 billion for the same claim.
Elliott performance. Read more »
American and the IMF have abandoned Argentina in her holy war to avoid paying her bills. But the French remain steadfast, and will undoubtedly tip John Roberts’ scales in favor of the Argentine government. Read more »
Appreciative as he is of Hess’ generous offer to seat two of his five board nominees after he votes for Hess’ own five, Paul Singer rather contemptuously declines. But, even though he’s quite sure he’s the one holding the cards at Thursday’s shareholder confab, he wouldn’t want you to think him unreasonable, so he’s got a counter offer:
Give me everything I want, and I won’t insist on embarrassing you at the proxy polls this week.
Your move, Hess. Read more »
Paul Singer is pissed that gold keeps losing money—his money—and, like John Paulson, he’s mystified that people have temporarily lost some of their attraction to shiny objects.
Yesterday the Second Circuit held arguments in the Argentina sovereign debt case. This case is … I mean, you kind of had to be following along, but quick summary: back in the day Argentina defaulted on some old bonds, and exchanged most of them at a discount into new bonds, which it’s been making payments on. Elliott Management bought a bunch of old bonds, which Argentina has not been making payments on, and sued Argentina to make them pay the old bonds pari passu with the new ones. Elliott won in a lower court, and then sort of won on appeal, and then Argentina raised some mind-melting consequences in the lower court, and then Elliott won again anyway, and now it’s back up on appeal again, and the oral arguments were yesterday. Also there’s a boat.
It sounds like yesterday’s hearing was sort of a nightmare for Argentina, though the nice thing for Argentina is that, as a sovereign nation, they have the option of waking up:
“We are representing a government, and governments will not be told to do things that fundamentally violate their principles,” Jonathan Blackman, a lawyer for the deadbeat South American country, told a Manhattan US appeals court.
“So the answer is you will not obey any order but the one you propose?” Judge Reena Raggi asked.
“We would not voluntarily obey such an order,” replied Blackman — who later said Argentina would be no more likely to obey a US court than the US would be to obey an Iranian court.
If you get to choose whether or not to obey it, it’s not so much of an order. Read more »
The panel– moderated by Morgan Stanley’s chief US economist, Vincent Reinhart, and featuring Jeff Vinik of Vinik Asset Management, Ken Ebberts of Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, Michael Novogratz of Fortress Investment Group, and Rob Citrone of Discovery Capital Management– was asked to grade Ben Bernanke. Everyone on the panel gave the Federal Reserve Chairman an “A” or a “B; Paul Singer gave a “D.” [Absolute Return]