Friday, 29 August 2014
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Nov 23 2009 | 1:15pm ET
Recovering assets for the victims of Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme isn’t proving cheap.
Baker & Hostetler, the law firm that both employs Madoff trustee Irving Picard and is in turn employed by him in that capacity, has requested more than $21.5 million in fees and expenses for its work on the case over the past five months. Picard himself is seeking $835,605 in fees for his work as trustee over the same period.
Picard filed the bill in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York today. There is a court hearing on the fee requests scheduled for Dec. 17. Other firms have filed requests for more than $2.6 million.
The law firm and the trustee have already profited handsomely from the $65 billion Ponzi scheme. Baker & Hostetler were paid almost $15 million in fees and expenses for its first four-and-a-half months on the job, while Picard earned $759,229.
Picard has recovered about $1.4 billion in assets for Madoff’s victims and is pursuing a whole raft of lawsuits against investors to increase that kitty. He has estimated that total losses in the scheme, which sent Madoff to prison for 150 years, at $21.2 billion.
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…
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