Phil Falcone Feels Like He Needs To Take A Restraining Order Out On LightSquared Lenders

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LightSquared's lenders on Tuesday will take their fight to probe the troubled wireless venture's main backer, Philip Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners, to a bankruptcy judge. The lenders, which are owed more than $1 billion, are eyeing loans LightSquared took out last summer from Harbinger, which owns most of LightSquared's stock and has four of the company's six board seats. The lenders say the loans appear to be "insider" deals that deserve scrutiny and might even be eligible to be unwound through litigation, a move that could boost the lenders' own standing in the line of creditors waiting for payment in LightSquared's Chapter 11 case. Harbinger is fighting the proposed investigation, which it says the lenders are pushing in a bid to "embarrass" and "harass" the hedge fund. It said the alleged red flags the lenders see in the loans "are utter nonsense comprised of baseless and disingenuous allegations or flat out misstatements." [WSJ]

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...and he hopes investors haven't either, not that they have much choice in the matter. If recent performance has been difficult to swallow, comfort thyself with the fact that lots of things get worse before they get better. Falcone is giving this thing 150% and its genius will reveal itself in due time. Hedge fund manager Philip Falcone's clients got another dose of bad news when the billionaire investor said his flagship fund lost 29.6 percent in February largely because of ailing telecommunications company LightSquared Inc...Falcone often takes his time, relative to other hedge fund managers, in releasing monthly performance numbers...Falcone, who has bank rolled the company by having invested over $3 billion, held out hope for LightSquared's future when he told investors on an investor call in mid-February that he remained committed to the project. [Reuters]