Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals

By John LeFevre

“Some chick requested me what i might do with 10 million dollars. I instructed her I’d ask yourself the place the remainder of my funds went.”—@GSElevator

Darkly humorous, remarkably revealing, and completely unapologetic, Straight to Hell is John LeFevre’s personal account of his adventures as a globe-conquering funding banker whose profession spanned long island, London, and Hong Kong. Sitting above the “Chinese Wall” setting apart funding banking and revenues and buying and selling, in a senior place with a special vantage aspect, LeFevre did billion-dollar bargains with sovereign debtors, prestigious multinational organizations, and each financial institution on Wall highway, let alone chinese language tycoons and Indonesian thugs, and shot up the ranks to be the most prolific bond syndicate managers in Asia. He additionally bought banned from the 4 Seasons, the place he was once residing on the time, totaled his brand-new Maserati, and indulged in riotous debauchery off and on the buying and selling floor.

Hundreds of hundreds of thousands stick with LeFevre’s @GSElevator Twitter account; Goldman Sachs introduced an inner research into his tweets, and whilst his real identification was once printed, it created a countrywide media firestorm—but that used to be in simple terms a part of the tale. Straight to Hell delves deep inside of an that's either envied and reviled, taking you from the educational courses, buying and selling flooring, and roadshows to personal planes, shady bargains, and after-hours overindulgence. this isn't a moralistic story of redemption. jam-packed with surprising rule-breaking, frat-boyish antics, and win-at-all-cost schemes, Straight to Hell openly pulls again the curtain at the deviant and totally over the top international of finance. additionally incorporated are the superior traces from @GSElevator, created and curated through LeFevre.

Prepare your self and buckle up, simply because this is often some of the most interesting and eye-opening books ever written concerning the international of finance.

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From there, we surgically wrap the field again up within the unique packaging and tape and positioned it again at the table. tomorrow, the package deal is long past, possibly courtesy of the table assistant. I’ll by no means recognize precisely what occurred whilst Mike Benton obtained that parcel at the long island buying and selling ground. I’d wish to imagine that, in keeping with his unbearable character, he made a tremendous construction of starting the field, having spent the final six weeks telling every person round him how a lot he paid for “the most sensible sneakers on the planet. ” His face should have been brighter than these clogs. a couple of days after the package deal is sent, Chris, the coping with director and shoe custodian, is again within the workplace. I watch him take a mobile name, within which his feelings vacillate among anger and matches of virtually uncontrollable laughter. He hangs up and gathers our realization. “So, that was once Mike. You’re not likely to think what occurred to him. ” He then proceeds to inform the tale of the way as opposed to his �2,000 hand made, bespoke John Lobb footwear, he acquired brilliant pink wood clogs. He was once so blinded with rage that it didn’t even happen to him that it would be a prank. as an alternative, he instantly known as John Lobb and went so ballistic that they just apologized profusely and stated they'd instantly get to paintings making him a brand new pair at no cost. prepared for my victory lap, I quietly make my excess of to the submitting cupboard for the massive demonstrate. the one challenge is that the sneakers aren’t there. I money either cupboards on each side. there is not any mistaking it; the sneakers are long past. So I easily slink away again to my seat and not make point out of it back. i will be able to in basic terms imagine one of many late-night janitors pulled an “Andy Dufresne. ” My favourite suitcase goof of all occurred in the course of my final summer season in London. On a quiet Friday, one of many affiliates, Chico, indicates as much as paintings wheeling a kind of indispensable Tumi carry-on suitcases. subsequent to the blue-and-green duffel luggage, it’s the standard-issue funding banker shuttle accoutrement. We name him Chico simply because that’s the identify I gave him. Technically conversing, when you consider that we’re shut in rank and at the comparable table, he's a rival in that we quietly compete for the eye and compliment of our mutual superiors. accordingly, my first order of industrial whilst I moved to the table was once to assign him a dismissive and belittling nickname, which labored to nice impact as “Chico” was once speedy followed by way of most folks at the ground. Chico is a kind of men who quite attempts difficult to play the a part of a “Salomon man. ” Even after Salomon Smith Barney is totally built-in into Citigroup, he insists on nonetheless announcing “Salomon” whilst he solutions the telephone. He retains a replica of Liar’s Poker in his drawer and loves not anything greater than exalting gossip and stories of Salomon Brothers lore. “Hey, did you pay attention Mark Watson’s spouse obtained him an Aston Martin, and he didn’t even discover the cash lacking from his account? ” Yeah, Chico, we’ve heard you inform that tale. “Hey, did you listen Melanie Czarra acquired city homes in Fulham and knocked them jointly?

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