Thursday, 2 October 2014
Last updated 13 min ago
Mar 5 2010 | 3:09pm ET
Pershing Square Capital Management chief William Ackman is hearing some pretty harsh words over his role in the reorganization of mall owner General Growth Properties. But he’s got more than a billion reasons to take the heat.
Both Simon Property Group, currently the low bidder for General Growth, and General Growth’s unsecured creditors blasted Pershing Square’s “obvious conflict of interest.” The New York-based hedge fund controls one-quarter of General Growth’s shares, and supports a reorganization plan backed by Brookfield Asset Management that would split General Growth in two.
The creditors committee accuses Ackman of blocking General Growth from considering other deals, including Simon’s $10 billion cash offer or a potential bid from Vornado Realty Trust.
“The debtors must choose between the best interests of the estates and the economic interests of one of their most active and vocal directors,” the creditors complained in a court filing.
For his part, Ackman is taking that criticism all the way to the bank: The bidding war has already earned the hedge fund a $1.5 billion paper profit.
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitish of Peddie School's endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
Sep 30 2014 | 9:29am ET
The crisp Autumnal days of October are upon us, and so are a few of the hedge fund industry’s favorite charitable events. If you have never been to Rocktoberfest, well, you are missing out. And for a quieter evening of sipping and socializing, stop by HFC’s Wine Soiree. Read more…
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