'Fabulous' E-Mail Sticks In Paulson CDO Case

Jul 12 2013 | 3:07am ET

Much to his chagrin, the jury that will decide former Goldman Sachs executive Fabrice Tourre's fate will learn just how fabulous he thought he was.

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest on Wednesday issued a preliminary decision that would allow prosecutors to use several colorful e-mails by Tourre at his upcoming civil trial. Tourre is accused of misleading investors about the role played by Paulson & Co. in a collateralized debt obligation structured by Goldman in 2007.

In one of the e-mails, Tourre gives himself a nickname that he now surely regrets, writing, "the whole building is about to collapse anytime now" and the "fabulous Fab" was "the only potential survivor." In another e-mail, Tourre wrote that he was "not feeling too guilty about this" and that it is "amazing how good I am at convincing myself."

The Securities and Exchange Commission, which brought the lawsuit against Tourre, alleges that Paulson, which has not been accused of any wrongdoing, allegedly had a hand in picking the securities that went into the $1 billion CDO, which it made a killing shorting. Goldman has already settled with the SEC, agreeing to pay $550 million.

Prosecutors had argued that the candid e-mails were the only way to show Tourre's "state of mind," while Tourre's lawyers argued they were irrelevant. The trial is set to begin on Monday.


In Depth

Will Liquid Alts’ Performance Sustain Future Asset Flows?

Aug 25 2014 | 10:34am ET

Liquid alternative investment funds saw the highest percentage of capital inflows...

Lifestyle

Och Funds Women In Finance Initiative At U-M

Aug 28 2014 | 3:01pm ET

Och-Ziff Capital founder Daniel Och and his wife have made a "generous donation"...

Guest Contributor

Looking Ahead: What’s In Store For Managed Futures?

Aug 22 2014 | 12:52pm ET

The last five years were phenomenal for investors in equity indices. Will the next...

 

Editor's Note

    Get A Sneak Peak Of The Alpha Pages

    Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET

    As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

July/August 2014 Cover

The time was right

Commodities/Futures magazine launched at the precipice of a revolution in the futures industry—really a revolution in the idea of risk management—that would move it from a small niche industry to ...

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.