silver linings

Previously his day job afforded him little time to do much more than show up but now? He can head up the planning, decorating, food/beverage, and guest list committees. Read more »

  • 24 Jan 2013 at 6:38 PM

Bonus Watch ’13: Morgan Stanley CEOs

The bad news: James Gorman’s pay fell 30 percent this year. The good news: he’s now in a position to show employees how to take these setbacks like a man, rather than grumbling like someone who puts their compensation in a one-year context to define their overall level of happiness. Read more »

Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, and Credit Suisse made some of the year’s biggest cuts in compensation for investment bankers, averaging as much as 30 percent, as Wall Street firms grappled with lower revenue.  Morgan Stanley, owner of the world’s largest brokerage, will also cap cash awards and defer more payouts, people with knowledge of the plans have said, while Zurich-based Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second-largest bank, plans to give a portion of senior employees’ bonuses in bonds backed by derivatives. New York-based Citigroup may cut some bonuses in the securities and banking unit as much as 70 percent…Recipients may find they do better with shares instead of cash, according to Paul Sorbera, president of Wall Street executive search firm Alliance Consulting. “If things turn around, it may really turn out to be a windfall for them,” said Sorbera, whose firm is based in New York. “Some of these stocks are off 80 percent.” The S&P Financials Index advanced 8.6 percent this year as of last week’s close, and Bank of America Corp., ranked second by assets in the U.S., was leading the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a 31 percent advance. [Bloomberg]

Mr. Kokonas added that during recent visits to Babbo and Del Posto, he noticed many customers were from out of town, as opposed to regulars from Wall Street. “He could probably p— off every bank in the world and still be fine,” Mr. Kokonas said. “Maybe Goldman will cancel their Christmas party at Del Posto, but that’s about it.” Goldman and other Wall Street banks declined to comment. But some bankers say Mr. Batali’s comments may have an upside. Said one Goldman banker: “If fewer bankers go to Babbo, maybe I can finally get a reservation.” [WSJ]

The bad news is that bank bonuses this year are estimated to drop 20% to 30% from 2010, and quite a bit more if you’re a bond trader. The good news is that 2012 should see some cash freed up, on account of all the people who will have been fired by then. Read more »

  • 18 May 2011 at 12:34 PM

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Was A Big Fan Of This- ;)

If you’ve been keeping up with the Dominque Strauss-Kahn story, you may recently have hit your disgust overload (and if you haven’t, take a gander at Ben Stein’s analysis). The IMF chief, currently bunking at Riker’s and said to be on suicide watch, was been accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid over the weekend; while DSK is of course innocent until proven guilty, the fact that many women have come out of the woodwork to speak not very highly of his character, and, more so, that his defense quickly changed from having lunch with his daughter and not being in the hotel at the time of the allegations to being there but the encounter being “consensual” does not look good. And if, as some conspiracy theorists believe, DSK did not do anything wrong but was set up, that would be pretty vile, too. This morning, however, one thing did emerge that could prove to be a small but bright light in an otherwise very dark story. Naturally, we speak of the case against emoticons. Read more »

A New York lawyer who said he paid his ex-wife $2.7 million of the purported value of his account with Bernard Madoff can sue her to revise their 2006 agreement because of Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, an appeals court ruled. [Bloomberg]