Write-Offs: 11.21.14

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$$$Citigroup Said to Be Ousted From ECB FX Group for Rigging [Bloomberg]

$$$Dow Chemical, Loeb Settle Board Dispute [WSJ]

$$$ The legal “loophole” that allowed one of the world’s largest hedge funds to make anonymous bets against listed companies must be closed, according to one of the senior European lawmakers who framed the current rules. [FT]

$$$Alibaba’s Finance Arm, Ant Financial, Is a Mystery to Most Investors [BreakingViews]

$$$ A few months ago, Gabe Thompson, the chef at L’Apicio, an Italian restaurant in the East Village, started reading the “Game of Thrones” novels by George R. R. Martin. Already a fan of the bloody, beardy HBO drama based on the books, Mr. Thompson was struck by how obsessed the original works were with culinary matters. “They were all about food,” he said the other day. The insight had prompted an epiphany: Why not host a “Games of Thrones” feast, matching dishes taken from, or inspired by, the books with beers produced by Ommegang, the Belgian-style brewery near Cooperstown, N.Y., that recently released a limited-edition line of “Game of Thrones” beer? When the dinner was announced this month, the 35 seats sold out almost immediately. And on Tuesday night, a ravenous crowd of “Games of Thrones” fans — including five old friends from law school — descended on L’Apicio’s private dining room for a hearty, medieval-style repast. [NYT]

$$$Blackstone to Buy General Electric’s Japan Property Portfolio [WSJ]

$$$Jilted hedge funds even more in love with Japan [NetNet]

$$$Man Who Smuggled Giraffes On Airplane Wanted By International Police [AP]

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