Asian cull makes Goldman Sachs look rattled

September 26, 2016

The Wall Street bank is laying off nearly a third of its Asian investment bankers. Lumpy deal flow, fierce competition and low fees are endemic in Asia, but Goldman's pullback suggests the scandal over Malaysia's 1MDB may have also dampened its appetite for risk.

“Zero and 100″ model might just work for BlueCrest

December 7, 2015

The $8 bln hedge fund is closing to outsiders. Michael Platt’s firm will need to do more with far less capital to offset the loss of hefty “2 and 20” external fees. A Breakingviews analysis shows higher leverage is the key. Platt may be OK taking extra risk others wouldn’t.

Hedge fund wobbles hand ammunition to fee fighters

September 1, 2015

Big names from Greenlight to Pershing to Third Point have taken a pounding from recent market turmoil. It’s just a month’s bad performance. But if high-priced managers can’t provide a hedge to regular investments, it lends extra weight to Calpers and others who are ditching them.

Wall Street bids slow farewell to GE fee darling

April 13, 2015

The U.S. conglomerate has been the best corporate client for investment bankers since 2000, spending some $5.1 bln for assistance. Shrinking GE Capital will keep M&A dealmakers happy. The unit’s borrowing, however, is the biggest moneymaker. Much of that could now be at risk.

UK fee disclosure shows bankers rule the M&A roost

January 23, 2012

Buyers of UK-listed companies now have to come clean about how much they paid to bankers, lawyers and PR firms. It’s too early to say whether transparency will change behaviour. But one thing’s clear: when it comes to M&A fees, bankers grab almost all the spoils.

Would a new consumer agency ban ObamaCare?

October 15, 2009

The cost structure of the Baucus healthcare reform plan is reminiscent of a teaser-rate mortgage. The whole deal seems affordable at first -- but then costs skyrocket.