Deutsche Bank Co-Head Of Equities Takes Leave Of Absence After Engaging In Conduct Generally Frowned Upon


To be sure, Robert Karofsky did not have sexual intercourse with the cleaning lady on his desk at 60 Wall Street (...that we know of), but you're getting warmer. In this case, the firm's co-head of equities, known for his "magnetic personality," allegedly used his pole to attract a senior trader, subordinate and close friend's wife, which apparently no one told him when he first started at DB is something that's not done. Maybe in other offices-- Morgan Stanely, where he previously worked-- but not DB.

Karofsky, 43, a top trader at the firm who ran Deutsche Bank's Americas unit, took the leave for personal reasons on June 23, effectively immediately. A spokesman for the bank declined to comment further at the time. But multiple sources told The Post that the Karofsky move followed a heated verbal confrontation late last week at the firm's headquarters at 60 Wall St. between him and the pal, a senior trader, over the alleged affair. The verbal volleys created a tense environment within Deutsche Bank's insular trading ranks and have slowly become a source of water cooler gossip throughout the organization.

"He's pretty much just avoided interacting with [Karofsky] since the incident," one source said of the equities boss' former pal. Making matters particularly sticky is the fact that Karofsky and the trader who worked under him have been longtime buddies, live near each other in Northern New Jersey and took family trips together. Among traders, Karofsky is referred to as "Killer Karofsky" for his trading acumen. Off the trading floor, however, he's described as a fair, mild-mannered, even-keeled boss who has garnered the respect of his charges and has "a magnetic personality."


Who Didn't Realize Sending Packages Containing Fake Grenades Was Something This Office Frowned Upon?

As you may have heard, earlier today, people working in 2 World Financial Center were evacuated from the building after a suspicious package was flagged by security. Initial reports claimed it contained a grenade; obviously this was cause for alarm and would have continued to be had the NYPD determined it to be an actual grenade and not a "grenade-like novelty item," mounted on a plaque with a sign that says "Complaint Dept. Pull Pin." Now that it's clear everyone is safe (and at least mildly buzzed), a few questions need answering. 1. Who sent this thing? Was it: a) A person whose sense of humor involves putting something like the above (or a sign that reads "I can only please one person per day. Today isn't your day...and tomorrow don't look good either") on her desk. b) An idiot friend of someone who works in the building. c) An rival bank trying to disrupt Nomura trading d) other 2. Assuming the item was purchased by someone working in the building, when do you think it dawned on him or her that they were responsible for having the building evacuated? 3. What will the consequences for the sender be, legal and professional? Senior Jailhouse Correspondent Matt puts the probability of prison time at 1.37 percent.