John Paulson

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John Paulson Really Needs Someone To Buy Shire ASAP

Knows what it feels like to be the Knicks.AbbVie’s decision that Shire without the tax inversion break really isn’t worth the $54 billion hasn’t just gotten Paul Singer’s lawyers busy: It also put the probably final nail in what had been a very promising year for old John Paulson. The non-merger, coupled with a judge’s annoyingly legalistic insistence on not just letting hedge funds have everything they want with regard to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, cost Paulson’s Advantage Fund 14% last month, giving him quite the hill to climb if it’s not going to have a 2011/2-esque year and a desperate willingness to suggest anything. Read more »

Gotta do what I gotta do.John Paulson has a problem: He took a huge bath when AbbVie decided not to buy Shire because, even though it was ready to pay $54 billion for the company, the Irish pharma was basically just a tax shelter to Shire, and of the sort that is no longer kosher in the precincts of the U.S. Treasury Department. Now, John Paulson is Shire’s third-largest shareholder, and 30% drops in a company in which one is the third-largest shareholder are the kind of thing likely to produce something approaching panic in a hedge-fund manager.

John Paulson also owns a lot of Allergan shares. You may have heard of Allergan, either because it makes Botox, or because Bill Ackman talks about it a lot.

John Paulson has been listening closely to what Bill Ackman says about Allergan, which is that the company should take Valeant Pharmaceuticals $53 billion (or more?) offer and that if it doesn’t, he’s going to throw out its entire board and make Allergan take the deal. And John Paulson likes that plan. He likes it a lot. But he’d like it even more if all of those Shire shares he owns would one day be worth as much as they were when he bought them, all of those months ago, when tax inversions were the order of the day. And he has an idea on that front… Read more »

John Paulson is sticking to his story that he won’t be moving to the tax-friendly shores of the Singapore of the Caribbean. On the other hand, he’s just bought some pretty nice Class A space from Robert Benmosche to go along with all of those miles of beachfront on which he could conceivably live. Read more »

John Paulson Had A Pretty Good May

Mostly due to a killer Memorial Day weekend BBQ out east, but he’ll take what he can get. Read more »

For the most part, 2013 was not kind to Steve Cohen. The Feds put his balls in a jar and put that jar on Preet Bharara’s desk. One of his ex-employees went to trial for (and was later found guilty of) masterminding the “most lucrative insider trading scheme ever.” Other former traders helped bring the number of SAC alums indicted on securities fraud charges to nine. His genius idea to give out free hot dogs on the front lawn of SAC HQ failed to prevent a number of departures. He lost his biggest fan. For a lot of hedge fund managers, all of this would add up to moping around the office and turning in less than stellar work. For Steve Cohen, it meant turning up the Styx and getting down to business. Read more »

Make no mistake: John Paulson still loves Puerto Rico. And even if he can’t abandon the city of his birth for fun-in-the-sun money management on his beach 25 miles east of the island’s capital, he can certainly make money off the lucky (not so lucky?) ones who do, the posh pioneers who will either turn deeply indebted Puerto Rico into a major world financial center or introduce the death penalty for stealing bread. To which end he will continue to buy beaches, and build upon them residences of such luxury as to make the island’s current chic districts look like the hovels and shantytowns that they are. Read more »