Mexico

  • 13 Nov 2014 at 2:30 PM

Mexico Outsmarts Paul Singer

mexico-beachLike Argentina, our immediate southern neighbor from time to time likes to go cap-in-hand for some cash in New York. But Mexico is putting all of you, and especially the Elliott Management chief, who it sees eyeing its notes from time to time, on notice: If it should have some trouble paying its bills in the future, and those bills are coupon payments on debt it issues from now on, you’re going to have to buy a hell of a lot of it to avoid a close crop come restructuring time. And even then, you might not be able to make it pay. Read more »

HSBCAccording to lawsuits by two of her former subordinates, during her time as a senior vice-president and head of business development for North America, Eileen Hedges told another one of her subordinates, 27 year-old “Jane Doe,” to:

  • Dress provocatively on the job
  • “…have sex with male HSBC executives and clients at company-sponsored events”
  • Specifically, “have sex with an unnamed senior executive at the bank’s Mexico unit”

The boss of the year also allegedly:

  • “…falsely told co-workers that Doe was having sex with clients when they traveled to bank functions outside the U.S.”
  • “…told Doe about her own alleged extramarital affairs with HSBC executives.”1
  • “… attempted to pull down Doe’s blouse and expose her breasts in the presence of male HSBC employees.”

And the reason we now know all this is because, naturally, the subordinates who filed the lawsuits were (supposedly!) retaliated against by Hedges after complaining that her demeanor on the job was slightly less than professional. Read more »

“A couple of weeks ago, I visited Mexico City—one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s a remarkable place, not least because of the food, the museums, and the culture, but also because of the incredible economic changes taking place in Mexico right now—both in the capital and all around the country. Every time I visit, I think the same thing: if I were starting my career, especially if I lived in a nation where I couldn’t explore my full potential, I’d try my luck in Mexico. Why? Because Mexico is finally beginning to unlock its true potential as an economic powerhouse.” [BI]

Unlike mortgage-backed securities, supranational political entities simply cannot have this many sub-prime components and expect to keep its triple-A rating, according to S&P’s flawless debt-rating system. Read more »

We’ll soon find out because a movie involving all that and more (depression, Mexico, murder) is actually being produced. Read more »

As you may have heard, last night President Obama gave his State of the Union address, in which he mentioned China a couple of times. This, legendary businessman Donald Trump says, “was the low point of the speech.” While Trump pretty much hated the entire thing (there was “no substance whatsoever” and he “didn’t hear anything about all these states that are going to go bankrupt”), it was the China stuff that really grinded his gears. “Totally inappropriate,” the bankruptcy expert told Joe Kernan and Becky Quick this morning on Squawk Box. “What’s up with you and China? What got your dander up,” Joe asked, hoping to lighten the mood. “Did they tell you you couldn’t build a golf course over there or something?” Unfortunately, Donald was in no mood for jokes. Not when it comes to China, or the suggestion anyone tells him where he can and cannot build golf courses. Read more »

Pop quiz: you’re a 62 year-old financial services executive and you’ve been convicted of fraud, money laundering and conspiracy for your role in a $2.9 billion fraud and sentenced to 25 years in prison, not to mention ordered to pay $2.38 billion. Do you a) sit around moping in your home in the deceptively named town of Carefree, Arizona, waiting to be hauled off to the big house or b) say fuck it, flee to Mexico, and have yourself declared a fugitive? If you’re Rebecca Parrett, pictured, you’re gonna go with the answer b.

Moving along in the scenario, what do you do when you get there? Lay low, for a while? Not draw attention to yourself? Or live it up while you still can? Again, being Parrett, who’s been married 6 times, you go with door number two, which involves facelifts (as you have a 7th husband to bag) and dancing your ass off. Read more »