Tepper Nabs BofA's Star Banker, Kaplan!Subscribe
Tepper, the legendary founder of Appaloosa, the man who bought BAC at $3.00 and made $4 billion last year just outdid himself. One of Tepper's biggest positions is Bank of America, and he just hired their head of mergers & acquisitions, Jeff Kaplan (we can only hope that their is no insider information exchanged, so that Tepper can stay in business). I lost some faith in the HF industry when Shumway and Level Global closed over the past two weeks. BAC has its hands tied, as the firm's only bidder in the depths of the recession now seems to be itsr enemy...nice knowing ya Mr. Kaplan. The Bernanke put has made Tepper exceedingly jolly and audacious, as one can see clearly in the photograph above.
Bank of America Corp., the biggest U.S. lender by assets, said Steven Baronoff will assume Jeff Kaplan’s duties leading mergers and acquisitions.
Kaplan is leaving to join hedge fund Appaloosa Management LP, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank said today in a memo obtained by Bloomberg. Baronoff, chairman of global M&A, has advised on more than $1 trillion of transactions, including Procter & Gamble Co.’s purchase of Gillette, according to the memo from Thomas Montag, president of global banking and markets, and Michael Rubinoff and Purna Saggurti, co-heads of global investment banking.
Baronoff “will continue to serve as our most senior adviser to deal teams and clients globally,” according to the memo. “We thank Jeff for his dedication and leadership and look forward to working with him in the future.”
Kaplan joins Appaloosa, a Bank of America client, as chief operating officer, according to the memo. As M&A chief, he worked on deals including advising Marvel Entertainment Inc., led by Isaac Perlmutter, on its $4 billion sale to Walt Disney Co. in 2009.
John Yiannacopoulos, a Bank of America spokesman, confirmed the contents of the memo. The change was reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal.
-- With assistance from Zachary Mider in New York. Editors: Dan Reichl, David Scheer