In Which The Owners Of The New York Mets Are Freed To Focus On What They Do Not-So-Well


Shortly after their team's last pennant, Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz had what proved to be a prescient idea: In spite of his genius, perhaps they should not entrust every dime they had to Bernie Madoff. You might call this good luck. You might call it only marginally fortunate, since the Mets family saw about 700 million fake dollars disappear one day in December 2008. You might, if you were named Irving Picard, call it indisputable evidence that Wilpon and Katz were in cahoots with the biggest fraudster of all time.

In any event, Wilpon and Katz kicked a few bucks to McKinsey vet Peter Stamos to start a hedge fund, which is more or less the only reason they still have any bucks to not spend on competent baseball players. Now, however, Stamos desires to sow his oats unencumbered by any grandfatherly baseball owners. Or by Bank of America, for that matter, which is fortunate, because Bank of America has bigger things to deal with than its non-voting stake in a $6.6 billion hedge fund.

Peter Stamos, the former McKinsey & Co. consultant who joined New York Mets co-owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz to start a hedge-fund firm in 2002, reacquired their stakes through a management buyout.

Stamos Capital Partners LP bought back interests held by the two partners as well as Merrill Lynch & Co., the New York-based firm disclosed in a regulatory filing….

The transaction enables Stamos to take advantage of a buyer’s market for stakes that financial institutions hold in money-management firms. Merrill is now owned by Bank of America Corp., which has been divesting holdings of hedge funds such as Stamos Capital to comply with the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.

They may no longer be co-owners of the former Sterling Stamos, but Wilpon and Katz remain pretty sure it's not a Ponzi scheme or something.

Wilpon, 76, and Katz plan to maintain their investments in Sterling Stamos’s hedge funds, according to a person familiar with the matter who requested anonymity because the information is confidential. Katz, Wilpon and their affiliates had about $393 million invested in Sterling Stamos funds as of September 2008, according to a lawsuit filed by Irving Picard, the liquidator for Madoff’s securities firm in the wake of the Ponzi schemer’s December 2008 arrest. The current figure is lower, said the person familiar with the matter.

Stamos Buys Back Stakes From Merrill Lynch, Mets' Wilpon


New York Mets Might Want To Savor Their Time Under The Tutelage Of Steve Cohen

...because they're about their last! SAC Capital Advisors founder Steven Cohen is the front-runner to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers. Reports earlier this week indicated that Cohen's bid for the baseball team was a couple hundred million dollars less than that made by former baseball executive Stan Kasten and Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson. But Cohen's bid now matches the Kasten-Johnson offer of $1.6 billion—and at least half of Cohen's purchase price would come in the form of cash. Indeed, Cohen, who last month bought a small stake in the New York Mets, which he would have to give up if approved to buy the California team, may already be planning for the Dodgers' future. He has reportedly spoken with former Major League manager Tony La Russa about taking the team over under a Cohen regime. [FinAlternatives]