For the past few extremely painful days, the media has been reporting on one person’s very personal and inflammatory allegations, some of which relates to several of our employee-partners and two of our clients. We cannot express how deeply we regret the agony and distraction that this has caused all of us, not to mention our clients, each of whom has categorically denied the allegations. If you know us personally, and most of you do, you know how seriously we are taking this matter and how focused we are on always doing the right thing. Our mindset is always to be straightforward and transparent with all information, and we will do our best to do so in this situation, but we also must be mindful of personal privacy issues and legal complexities.
According to a court filing by his soon-to-be ex-wife, Christina, Jefferies Global Head of Healthcare Sage Kelly (he of “I have never defecated or urinated in bed, on the floor or a wall“) allegedly “develope[d] and expand[ed] his relationship” with a principal at Aegerion Pharmaceuticals by having sex with the guy’s girlfriend and offering up his wife in exchange. Read more »
Some words you don’t often hear senior Wall Street execs say aloud are “I have never defecated or urinated in bed, on the floor or a wall.” And yet, Sage Kelly, Global Head of Healthcare Investment Banking at Jefferies, said exactly that in court papers this week, in response to allegations by his wife that he’s mistaken all of those places for a toilet, in addition to other stuff re: copious drug use, “foursomes,” and “wife-swapping.” Read more »
Get Ready To See A Lot More Instances Of Jefferies MDs Sidling Up To Analysts And Awkwardly Asking, “Soo…You From Around These Parts?”By Bess Levin
…per the instructions enclosed in a letter sent out by CEO Richard Handler and Chairman Brian Friedman. The short version: Treat junior level employees like they are humans and not life-sized pieces of garbage. The longer version: Read more »
Fresh off the greatest Ice Bucket Challenge of all time, Richard Handler threw his clothes back on and raced to the office to put the finishing touches on Jefferies’ third-quarter results, which he expects you’ll be suitably impressed by. Read more »
Like all amazing movies, miniseries, other works of art, the clip of Richard Handler accepting and taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a slow burn to an amazing finish. Oh, to be sure, it starts out leaps and bounds ahead of any other videos of its kind: that is, in Handler’s penthouse bathroom, in front of his jacuzzi. It’s just that at every turn, it gets exponentially better, in ways you can’t imagine, ’til you’re at the end and saying to yourself, “This is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.” Obviously, this must be watched in full, many times over the course of the day and possibly on loop and in place of whatever your firm is showing in TVs throughout the building. But, if we might, here are our favorite moments:
:01: We’re in Richard Handler’s bathroom. Why is that? Most of the head honchos taking part in this challenge (Marissa Mayer, senior execs at JP Morgan, etc) take the plunge on the street in front of their company or in someone’s backyard. No matter, here we are, in Richard Handler’s bathroom.
:05: Handler is narrating this video in his boxers and an old tee-shirt.
:12: He lays out the rules, we’re still in his bathroom.
:56: He nominates Carl Icahn to take the challenge, and Icahn’s wife to dump the ice (Icahn later takes to Twitter to say he’s too god damn busy.)
1:15: He starts ripping open plastic bags of ice and dumping them into the tub. It takes a while, because, again, he’s doing the challenge 1) in a jacuzzi and 2) in a jacuzzi that looks like it can seat 7. “It’s a lotta ice,” he tells the camera.
2:02: Even though he just dumped 8 or 9 bags of ice into the tub, he dumps a hotel-style wicker ice bucket into the bath, just for good measure. Read more »