Tags: Common Sense Investment Management, hedge fund managers, Jim Bisenius, NBD, prostitutes
Late last month, a guy named Jim Bisenius was surfing the web when he came across an advertisement for a prostitute. “I like prostitutes,” Jim probably thought to himself and proceeded to contact the woman at the number she had listed in the ad. Unfortunately for Jim, the ad turned out to be a decoy and the woman on the other end turned out to be a cop. Will this affect his criminal record? One would think so, yes. Will it affect his position at Common Sense Investment Capital, the firm he founded in 1991? According to CSIM, no.
For more than two decades, Common Sense Investment Management (CSIM) has brought superior risk adjusted returns to our investors and clients. CSIM’s success is about a team of committed and driven investment professionals; not one individual. Jim Bisenius’ recent personal transgression bears no reflection on this outstanding team of professionals or the quality of portfolio management at CSIM. Going forward, the firm’s partners have decided that Jim will remain in his role as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer and he will deal with this recent event as the personal matter that it is. Our investment process and decision making will continue to be made by our investment committee, which is comprised of our President, four Portfolio Managers, Director of Operational Due Diligence, Director of Risk Management and myself. All management decisions continue to be made by the management team. We look forward to building on CSIM’s successful 22-year track record and creating value for our investors.
Relatedly, if you’re wondering if Jimbo is the type of guy who would define marriage as the union between one man and (at least) two women, the first being his wife, the second being the woman he thought was a hooker, the answer is come on, of course he is. Read more »
Tags: dutiful sons, hedge fund managers, Kenya, Lamu, rentals, Whitney Tilson
This could be you…
Miss the boat on a Hamptons share this summer? Looking for a warm-weather getaway come winter? Desperately seeking a honeymoon suite that, if its walls could talk, would say “Whitney Tilson was here”? Today’s your lucky day. Read more »
Tags: a very delightful guy doing all sorts of stuff for him, adjustable beds, balconies, Eddie, Galleon Group, gentle giants, hedge fund managers, insider-trading, manservants, prison life, private bathrooms, Raj Rajaratnam, TVs
If you took a random poll of family, friends, colleagues, and strangers on the street, asking them how they’d feel about going to prison, the majority if not all of them would probably say, “Not good.” For most people, prison is a place to steer clear of, for all the reasons you can think of (living in a cell, isolation from the outside world, bad food, low paying jobs, daily risk of sodomy) and probably some you can’t.
Not too long ago, hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam counted himself among those who for whom jail time was something to avoid (if not by being an upstanding, law-abiding citizen than by hiring a high-priced attorney to try and get him off after being charged with 14 counts of conspiracy and securities fraud). But now? After having served 21 months of his eleven-year sentence? Raj can honestly say that this prison is great.
And not because hard time forced him to take a serious look at his life or to think about what he’d done or change himself for the better or any of that metamorphosis type crap, but because minus the not being allowed to leave the grounds rules? Raj’s life in prison is arguably better than his life on the outside, which did not include servants or a 34 inch waist. Read more »
Tags: 'I Am Legend', due process, Ed Butowsky, family offices, hedge fund managers, Hedge Funds, Redemptions, SAC Capital, Steve Cohen, Will Smith
As many of you know, the last number of months have not been the best of times for hedge fund manager Steve Cohen. In addition to taking it up the tailpipe from several federal agencies, some of which he’s written $600+ million checks to, others whose fearless leader eats raw meat for breakfast and hopes to one day feast on Cohen tartare, the SAC Capital founder has seen friendships tested and found where loyalties lie. And it hasn’t been pretty.
Employees, despite being told their jobs are safe, have been holding exploratory interviews with other funds in hotel rooms that rent by the hour. The guy who previously said he’d be there through “the bombs going off” left Cohen in the trenches, alone, taking grenades. Clients have requested their money back on en masse; as of Friday night, virtually all outside investors were expected to have filed redemptions requests if they had not done so already.
Except for one. Read more »
Tags: GPS, Harbinger, Harbinger Capital, hedge fund managers, Lawsuits, LightSquared, Phil Falcone, The Coalition to Save Our GPS, Wilbur Falcone
Once the Harbinger founder got a taste of how good it felt to serve someone papers, he just couldn’t stop. This morning it was the entire GPS industry; tomorrow, anyone who sold their LightSquared debt to Charlie Ergen, these guys, for not winning the Stanley Cup, and maybe the SEC, in some sort of countersuit. Which, if you were looking into the not too distant future, might go down something like this:
[Somewhere in midtown.]
Phil Falcone, to someone on the other line. It’s not clear who it is, but we get the impression she has hooves: Have you seen this American Express bill?! I told you we need to be cutting BACK, not spending MORE right now. [pauses to listen to Unknown Caller's response.] Well maybe I don’t care if Barney’s had a mumu that was speaking to you. [pauses to listen to Unknown Caller's response, with increasing impatience.] Well maybe I don’t care if you needed a pick-me-up, I told you we can’t be borrowing from the fund anymore. [deafening shrieking on the other end of the phone.] I’m sorry, I didn’t mean that. I’m just really stressed these days…
[A knock at the door.] Read more »
Tags: common goals, Dan Loeb, George Clooney, hedge fund managers, Sony, Third Point
As some of you may recall, early last week, hedge fund manager Dan Loeb continued his public call for Sony to dump its entertainment division, writing that it was “perplexing” that CEO Kazuo Hirai had zero sense of shame about releasing “After Earth” and “White House Down,” i.e. “2013′s versions of Waterworld and Ishtar.” The Third Point manager went on to say that that the division is “being ineffectively overseen” and that it should be someone other than Sony’s job to worry about its “troubling results.” Loeb obviously wrote the letter and demanded the changes with the belief that, as one of the company’s largest investors, he had the right to weigh in. One person who felt differently was George Clooney, who late last week took the opportunity to offer that, in his opinion, Dan Loeb doesn’t know dick about the movie industry. Clooney described Loeb as a “carpetbagger,” a fear monger, and an interloper with zero knowledge of what it takes to make good movies, whose influence would only result in the production of “tent poles” and “crap.”
So it was somewhat surprising to hear Loeb, who earlier this week received word that Sony would be declining the advice to spin off the entertainment division, say in an interview that he and GC are basically totally on the same page. Read more »