John Meriwether

When Bear Stearns went down for the dirt nap three years ago to the day (more on the anniversary later), many people assumed having the firm listed as a one-time employer on the résumé would be the equivalent of pulling a Merrill, i.e. it would make you categorically unemployable. Apparently these people had never heard of a guy named John Meriweather who, despite being forced to sign up investors for his latest fund down at the dog track, is proof positive that you can blow it or work for a place that (spectacularly) blows it and it will in no way affect your future prospects. According to Bloomberg and former BSC chairman Ace Greenberg, most Bear execs have “landed on their feet.” Read more »

Before all you naysers go to town about how it would be outrageous for him to be allowed to ever come within 100 feet of another pooch, let us look to the lessons of John Meriwether, which can be applied to most life situations. Read more »

As previously mentioned, against all odds, Zoe Cruz has officially started her own firm. They said she could no longer hustle, that people would be turned off by certain unfortunate “stuff” that occurred on her watch at Morgan Stanley but surprise! In the last nine months, the Missile raised $200 million for Voras Capital Management, which is the name of “a mountainous area near the town in Greece Cruz was born,” and is comprised of two separate funds (one, a credit opportunities fund run by former MS exec Ellen Brunsberg, the other a global macro fund run by the lady of the hour). How has the investing community taken to the news? Read more »

Here’s a lil’ pick me up for all you bankers thinking you’re the only ones taking it up the tailpipe– JWM Partners, the fund started by John Meriwether after things started to go downhill at LTCM, which recently lost 24 percent in its $1 billion fixed-income hedge fund this year through March 14, just laid off ten employees and two partners have “quit.” DealBreaker has obtained a portion of the heartfelt note Meriwether sent to the unlucky staffers, which you’ll find after the jump.

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The investment firm run by chief John Meriwether lost 24 percent in its $1 billion fixed-income hedge fund this year through March 14, two people “with knowledge of the matter” have told Bloomberg. Meriwether, of course, was one of the big men behind Long-Term Capital Management LP, which collapsed in the late 1990s. LTCM lost almost $4 billion. Not even two years ago, Alternative Investment News gave him their Lifetime Achievement Award.
John Meriwether’s Bond Fund Loses 24% on Credit-Market Plunge [Bloomberg]