Saturday, 20 December 2014
Last updated 21 hours ago
Nov 7 2011 | 12:16pm ET
Buffeted by a series of crippling legal defeats, the court-appointed trustee in the Bernard Madoff case says he's not sure how much he'll be able to recover for the arch-fraudster's victims.
Picard has recovered $8.7 billion of the roughly $17.3 billion in principal lost in the $65 billion Ponzi scheme. But most of that money is tied up in appeals, and several recent court decisions appear to have severely limited the amount he'll be able to recover.
"We have a $5 billion settlement and a $1 billion settlement," Picard told Bloomberg News. "It's all being appealed."
Picard is doing some appealing of his own. In recent months, he's seen almost $30 billion in lawsuits against banks junked by judges, and a ruling in favor of the New York Mets' owners that could cut the amount he can recover from Madoff clients by more than $6 billion.
"Some of my authority to bring those actions has been called into question," Picard said. "We will be appealing those decisions. In my view, unless we are imaginative, creative and go after some of these things, the victims don't have a chance of becoming whole."
Despite his difficulties in making lawsuits against banks stick, Picard last week sued another, seeking almost $1 billion from BNP Paribas. According to the lawsuit, a Madoff feeder fund transferred $975.5 million to a BNP unit—and that feeder fund, Harley International, has not coughed up any of the $1.07 billion default judgment Picard one against it.
Dec 1 2014 | 10:21am ET
As 2014 winds down, Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services executives took some time to share their outlook on trends facing the industry in 2015. Read more…
Jeff Sprecher was simply looking for a platform to trade energies when launching ICE 14 years ago but it has grown to reach the pinnacle of both the listed futures and equities world.