Until April 2011, Patrick “Pete” Dodd, a former money manager at Liberty Life Insurance Co. in Greenville, South Carolina, invested customer premiums in what he calls a “squeaky clean” portfolio: bonds backed by state governments and blue chip corporations.
Law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP was assailed by the U.S. trustee who supervises bankruptcies over nine proposals to hire advisers, including the law firm of Togut Segal & Segal LLP, and a six-week budget of $7 million for paying the firms.
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, which has lost more than a third of its partners in recent weeks, saw its merger and acquisition chief and a team of London litigators depart as the price of its bonds slumped in private trades.
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, whose bank loans are partly secured with money due from clients, told partners they can’t have their monthly pay until they send all the bills for their services, a person familiar with the matter said.
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP partners whose guaranteed contracts undermined the firm may get about a dime on the dollar for what they’re owed, no better than the janitors who cleaned their offices, bankruptcy specialists said.
Norex Petroleum Ltd. sued billionaire Leonard Blavatnik and his Access Industries Inc. over allegations they schemed to strip its controlling interest in a Russian oil company valued at an estimated $500 million.
Warner Music Group former director Len Blavatnik has emerged as the leading bidder for the New York- based music company that put itself up for sale in January, said three people with knowledge of the situation.