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10 Jun 2009

Hedge Fund Paulson & Co Buys $100 Million CB Richard Ellis Stock, $50 Million Offering Launch

Real estate services company, CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. has reached an agreement to sell in a direct placement 13,440,860 shares of its Class A common stock for gross proceeds of approximately $100.0 million, to hedge fund manager Paulson & Co. Inc. on behalf of several of its investment funds and accounts it manages.

In addition, Ellis plans to sell Class A common stock, having an aggregate offering price of up to $50.0 million through J.P. Morgan.

Paulson Investment Company, Inc. is an investment banker for emerging companies nationwide and a full service brokerage firm engaged in the purchase and sales of securities from and to the public and for its own account and in investment banking activities. Paulson Investment Company, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Paulson Capital Corp., a publicly traded company since 1971, and trades on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol "PLCC".

Ex Hedge Fund Trader Vs. Ex Wife, High Powered Hide and Seek

In a bizarre hedge fund story sent to me by a reader, an ex JP Morgan Director and ex trader for hedge funds Tudor and Brevan Howard has been traced by his ex wife's investigators to Singapore where he allegedly has done work for JP Morgan.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Simon Sywak, who now lives in a Sydney suburb, was caught on video working in Singapore for the investment bank. Sywak had gotten out of paying maintenance for his children in Britain by saying he was a trainee bus driver and so poor he was forced to live with his mother-in-law.

Sywak's ex wife, Helen Sywak, has started bankruptcy proceedings in Australia for $250,000 of court costs he failed to pay.

"If he doesn't pay this amount in the next few weeks, it will bankrupt him and he will have to drop his case suing Westpac Bank for $1.3 million and upwards." Helen said in a letter to the Editor.

Sywak is suing derivatives trader Westpac in Sydney in the Federal Court, arguing that it still owes him a $1.3 million sign-on bonus that it had promised him, however he never started work with the bank because he failed its probity checks, according to the Herald.

His side of the story has yet to surface.