hedge fund managers

  • 05 Aug 2014 at 12:00 PM

Andrew Ross Sorkin Smells Something Fishy

Late last week, Botox-maker Allergan Inc sued Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Pershing Square, alleging the latter two had engaged in insider trading when Pershing bought $1 billion worth of Allergan shares ahead of a takeover offer by the hedge fund and Valeant. On the suggestion of wrongdoing, Valeant called with charges “baseless,” while Ackman stated in a press release that “This is a shameless attempt by Allergan to delay the shareholders’ fundamental right to call a special meeting and vote their shares. Allergan is threatened by our progress toward calling the special meeting. This scorched-earth approach is further evidence of the board’s and management’s further entrenchment.”

Not entirely convinced? Dealbook‘s Andrew Ross Sorkin, who in his column today says WAIT JUST A SECOND, PEOPLE. Read more »

  • 04 Aug 2014 at 1:29 PM

A Lot Of People Owe Ray Dalio An Apology

Last Friday was the Bridgwater founder’s birthday– did you wish him a happy or even pause to commemorate the moment he came into this world? Or did it go by unnoticed, unremarked? Start thinking now about how you’re going to do better next year. At three-days out, we’ve already missed the window for coming in with a belated phone call or text. Read more »

  • 31 Jul 2014 at 12:02 PM

Bill Ackman Is Sorry You Got Your Hopes Up

Remember, last week, when Bill Ackman gave a presentation about Herbalife, the company he is shorting? And the day prior, went on CNBC to announce the event, telling viewers they would learn “why Herbalife is going to collapse”? And described the presentation as “the most important” one of his career? And back at Pershing Square, told his advisors “fuck the webcast, I want to look into people’s eyes,” upgrading the talk to a live show at the AXA building in midtown? And made the case that, despite having spent hundreds of hours publicly excoriating Herbalife already, this was the event that people needed to see? And noted that he was “raising expectations” but “would not disappoint”? He realizes now it’s possible he should’ve dialed down the enthusiasm just a bit. Read more »

Something you probably know about Steve Cohen is that the last number of years have not been so kind to him. Almost a dozen of his employees have been charged with and convicted of securities fraud. The government won’t let him manage outside money. He had to rename his fund, rendering a warehouse full of SAC fleeces useless. No one will buy his apartment. The New York Times thinks his house is only 14,000 square feet. He just wrote a check for $848 million, money that could’ve gone toward Super Duper Weenie products or Guy Fieri cookbooks. It’d be enough to make anyone want to get into bed, pull the covers over their head, and shut out the world, which is exactly what Cohen was doing earlier this year.

So when his wife wanted to attend a little party in East Hampton this weekend, it surely took some convincing. “It’ll be good to get out, Steve,” she probably said. “I bet they’ll serve cocktail franks.” “Alec Baldwin will be there; you loved him in Glengarry Glen Ross and Along Came Polly.”

One or all of these temptations clearly struck a chord, and Cohen decided that yes, he would be nice to get out and mingle. Unfortunately, he didn’t realize that Bloomberg‘s exacting eye would be watching. Read more »

A question that many have asked themselves and others since Bill Ackman announced he was shorting shake and supplement company Herbalife is, “Okay, but for how long? When does it end?” The Pershing Square founder and his team could very well be right in classifying the organization as a pyramid scheme, but central to their argument is that the government is going to shut this thing down, and that might not happen. Will Pershing keep its position forever? Long after Bill retires and for many years after that? Will CEO Michael Johnson ever be free from this man who haunts his dreams or will Ackman always be there, watching, waiting? In an interview yesterday, the most passionate hedge fund manager to ever live said basically yes to the latter. Read more »

As you’ve probably heard by now, Bill Ackman gave a little presentation yesterday, on his favorite supplement and diet shakes company, Herbalife. Prior to the event, the Pershing Square founder appeared on CNBC hyping up the thing so hard that he came extremely close to promising video of CEO Michael Johnson threatening to fire employees who refused to snort lethal dosages of Formula 1 Healthy Nutritional Shake Mix (Wild Berry flavor) up their noses. So when the presentation failed to deliver, the disappointment across Wall Street was palpable. Pershing Square investors, however, know a good thing when they see it, and are unfazed. Read more »

Yesterday afternoon, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman made a bold statement. A presentation delivered live in midtown Tuesday morning was to be “the most important” one of his career and at the end of it, we would “learn why Herbalife is going to collapse.” On CNBC, he acknowledged that he was “raising expectations,” but assured the public it would not be disappointed. How’d he do? That all depends on what you were hoping for. If it was a PowerPoint that convinced the market that Herbalife, Ackman’s sworn enemy, was going down for the dirt nap, then technically, the hedge fund manager probably disappointed you a little.

Herbalife Ltd.’s shares jumped as much as 14 percent after hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman struggled to convince investors that the seller of weight-loss shakes is guilty of fraud.

On the other hand, if you were hoping for a presentation filled with passion, courage, feeling, and above all, patriotism, your expectations were met and then some. Read more »