Bill Gross just can’t catch a break. As investors flock to funds designed to make money even if interest rates increase, Gross’s Pacific Investment Management Co. is alone among the biggest bond managers in suffering withdrawals from the strategy.
Late last Friday, billionaire Patrick Drahi put the bankers he assembled to finance a $23 billion bid for Vivendi SA’s French phone unit on the spot. He wanted to increase the cash portion of his offer by more than $2 billion, with a record amount of loans giving lenders little protection if the fortunes of the combined company diminish.
Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman is getting some help from European Central Bank Chairman Mario Draghi in his efforts to salvage VimpelCom Ltd.’s investment in Italian mobile-phone service Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA.