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Banking, Featured Work, Libya, Politics, Sovereign Wealth Funds - Apr 30, 2014 22:24 - 0 Comments

Libya And Goldman: The Secret Memo

Euromoney, April 30 2014Nic6020924

There are recruitment ads out at the Libyan Investment Authority. Libya’s sovereign wealth fund, seeking to regain direction after the country’s revolution, has employed consultants for a few key roles. There’s the CEO. And the CFO. And the chief investment officer.

And the head of risk, the head of internal audit, and the chief operating officer.

Oh, and the deputy CEO. And the head of legal.

There are revamps, and then there’s the LIA. Founded by Colonel Gaddafi’s second son, Saif Al Islam Gaddafi, in 2006, the fund has already gone through more drama and upheaval than most of its sovereign wealth peers have endured in their combined history. Waves of executives and managers have come and gone, foreign banks and fund managers have sold it extraordinary duds that soured during the financial crisis, the country has undergone painful revolution which saw Saif jailed and his father killed, its funds have been frozen by the UN (and remain so, at the fund’s own insistence, today) and at the end of it all it finds itself with a glut of legacy headaches and an empty management bench.

And, as it seeks to move forward, it must also look back. This year it has launched a raft of litigation against some of the biggest names in global banking, seeking to recover billions of dollars for deals those banks put them into during the Gaddafi regime. And no matter how much any Libyan executive seeks to paint themselves as a breath of fresh air, correcting the sins of the past, they must inevitably face scrutiny for just what their role in the bad old days really was.

To see this article as it ran at Euromoney.com, click here, here, and for Palladyne’s denial, here

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Big Interviews, Eastern Europe, Sport, Travel, USA - Apr 1, 2014 21:31 - 0 Comments

Life On A High Beam: Nadia Comaneci

Discovery Channel Magazine, April 2014Nadia-Comaneci

Norman, Oklahoma and Onesti, Romania have little in common. One is a small town off the I-35 Interstate highway in the middle of flat, wind-swept Oklahoma. The other nestles in the foothills of Romania’s Carpathian mountains. They are connected by an unlikely medium, and that is the most famous gymnast in history: Nadia Comaneci.

At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Nadia scored the first perfect 10 ever awarded in Olympic competition. Then she got the second. Then the third. Over the course of the next few days, she would log seven unbeatable scores, a feat considered so inconceivable that the scoreboards had not been designed to accommodate it and at first, lacking sufficient digits, flashed up 1.0. She won three gold medals along the way, plus a silver and a bronze. And she did it all at the age of 14.

Onesti is where she started life, where she was born on November 12 1961, the daughter of a car mechanic who never owned a car. Norman is where one finds her today, working in modern gymnastics alongside her husband, another Olympic gold medallist, Bart Conner. But how she got from one to the other is a remarkable story, and it involves considerably more than gymnastics.

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Big Interviews, Economics, Featured Work, Foreign Exchange, From the Vault, Malaysia, Politics - Oct 1, 2007 9:52 - 0 Comments

Mahathir Mohamed, Emerging Markets, October 2007

With MahathirEmerging Markets, October 2007

Putrajaya is a curious place. Though few outside of Malaysia have heard of it, it is the country’s federal administrative centre, founded in 1995 to take the government departments out of nearby Kuala Lumpur. It’s a place of resplendent architectural daring: mosques, palaces, convention centres, and five extraordinary bridges over a 650-hectare man-made lake. But the most striking thing about it is this: there’s no-one there.

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