Sheelah Kolhatkar, a former hedge fund analyst, is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes about Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and politics, among other things. She has appeared as a speaker and commentator on business and economics issues at conferences and on broadcast outlets including CNBC, Bloomberg Television, Charlie Rose, PBS NewsHour, WNYC and NPR. Her writing has also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, New York, The Atlantic, The New York Times and other publications. She lives in New York City.
Before becoming a journalist, she spent several years as a risk arbitrage analyst at two hedge funds in New York City. Sheelah holds an undergraduate degree from New York University and a M.A. from Stanford University. She lives in New York.
In 2013, tropical-fruit tycoon David Murdock, who was the chairman, chief executive officer and biggest shareholder of Dole Food Co., took it private for $13.50 a share. A lot of shareholders felt that that price was way too low, and that Murdock had sandbagged the shareholders by driving down the value of the company so he could buy it cheaply for himself. So they sued, and they won. In 2015, the Delaware Chancery Court ordered Murdock to pay shareholders another $2.74 a share, plus interest. There was a class action on behalf of shareholders, covering 36,793,758 shares, and after the court ruled in their favor, the class lawyers informed the shareholders and asked them to submit a form to claim their $2.74 a share.
Two City traders convicted over £141m banking fraud, LNB News 26/01/2017 150. [Subscription]
Two City traders have been convicted of conspiring to defraud a Russian bank of more than £141m in a series of complex frauds. Georgy Urumov was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to defraud, two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Vladimir Gersamia was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to defraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The pair will be sentenced on 27 January 2017. Continue reading “Article: Harsh fraud sentencing trend continues – a clear message of deterrence”
Another setback for Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne, as he fights the There’s been a victory in the struggle against fake news, and chances are you’ve never heard about it.
I’m referring to a legal battle involving a right-wing financier named Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com. A few months ago he was trounced in a Canadian court for outlandish lies that he published on his fake news website, “Deep Capture.”
1998-2000 was a rather interesting period in the stock market, thanks to things like the Asian/Latin American currency crises, the collapse of Long Term Capital Management, and “irrational exuberance” in the Nasdaq market, followed immediately by whatever the polar opposite of that is, i.e. the Nasdaq going poof.
It was also a very interesting time to be working four feet from Steven A. Cohen, which is where I sat for two years as a junior trader at his hedge fund, SAC Capital Advisors, in Stamford, Connecticut.
The roosters start crowing at 4 am on Alder Lane Farm, about an hour north of San Francisco on the edge of Sonoma wine country. While horses stir in their stables and chickens begin to roam the 20-acre property, one of the world’s most fearsome short sellers puts on his usual attire—shorts and flip-flops—and makes his way in the dark to the room behind his garage. Six pinball machines, a gigantic flatscreen, and a pingpong table compete for attention. If not for the Bloomberg terminal in the corner, you might assume this was your typical man cave.
Northern Dynasty Minerals (NYSEMKT:NAK) may be using Trump tales to hook investors. The company appears to be allowing distribution of extremely aggressive and possibly misleading news – even suggesting the new administration has “a desire to permit” Northern’s stalled project. These claims appear to be nothing but hype used in an effort to pump up the stock.
And it’s working. The stock darted upward about 75% after a couple of key stories hit in late December and January, spreading misconception about Northern.
Northern wants to mine copper and gold deposits along Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed which supports the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery. But the “Pebble” project has been stalled for three years amid a firestorm of opposition and a lawsuit with regulators. Northern sued the Environmental Protection Agency in 2014 after the agency used a rare veto initiative to block mine construction before the company had applied for a federal permit. Northern lost its funding partners a year earlier after half-a-billion-dollars in costs and permitting problems. Continue reading “Article: Northern Dynasty Minerals (NAK) And The Trump Tales”
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “An essential exposé of our times—a work that reveals the deep rot in our financial system . . . Everyone should read this book.”—David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon
The hedge fund industry changed Wall Street. Its pioneers didn’t lay railroads, build factories, or invent new technologies. Rather, they made their billions through financial speculation, by placing bets in the market that turned out to be right more often than not.
West Face Capital Inc. today issued the following statement following the procedural ruling today by the Ontario Court of Appeal in the lawsuit by Callidus Capital Corporation and The Catalyst Capital Group Inc. for alleged defamation.