Finance Correspondent, The Economist
Finance correspondent at The Economist. A long-exiled Frenchman in London. Ex FT in Brussels. Tweeting personally and esoterically. Gmail: also spignal
hedgefundintelligence.com — Clockwise from top left: Chiasson, Rajaratnam, Skowron, Longueuil (Photos: Bloomberg) On May 13, Level Global Investors co-founder Anthony Chiasson was sentenced to more than six years in prison. He'll be joining a small but growing number of incarcerated hedge fund professionals thanks to the government's aggressive prosecution of insider trading cases.
en.rian.ru — MOSCOW, May 21 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov condemned the disappearance of votes awarded by Azerbaijan to Russian singer Dina Garipova at the recent Eurovision Song Contest as "an outrageous action," and vowed on Tuesday that Russia would respond to the incident.
buzzfeed.com — One of the most powerful people at Abercrombie & Fitch isn't a board member, executive, manager, or even an employee - it's Matthew Smith, the longtime partner of Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael Jeffries. Smith's name doesn't show up in regulatory filings or investor presentations, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a picture of him online.
bbc.co.uk — The French parliament is debating a new road map for French universities, which includes the proposal of allowing courses to be taught in English. For some, this amounts to a betrayal of the national language and, more specifically, of a particular way at looking at the world - for others it's just accepting the inevitable.
telegraph.co.uk — Mark Rutte, the Dutch Prime Minister, told his country's parliament that a blocking minority against the ban was overruled when Britain, along with other countries, abstained or switched their votes to support the ban. "I think it is too bizarre for words and incomprehensible to come with this sort of proposal at a time like this," he said.
lemonde.fr — Par Gérard Davet et Fabrice Lhomme La Cour de justice de la République (CJR) envisage de mettre en examen Christine Lagarde, directrice du Fonds monétaire international (FMI) depuis 2011. L'ancienne ministre de l'économie et des finances de Nicolas Sarkozy (2007-2011) a en effet reçu une convocation, prévoyant son audition jeudi 23 et vendredi 24 mai, en vue d'une mise en examen pour "complicité de faux et détournement de fonds publics".
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