Subject: Very many thanks.
I much enjoyed Friday night. I’m glad your view of management accords with mine. 30 years ago Hugh and I used to get pissed together. I hardly recognise him now.
Subject: You owe me more than dinner!
I don’t know what’s got into you. If I didn’t know better, I’d say it’s the onset of middle age. You have an opportunity to capitalise on the changes taking place, but seem to be in retreat.
Subject: Private equity funds.
We had many discussions some years ago and I have been following your progress with considerable interest. We believe there is an appetite for private equity funds in the retail market and would like to discuss possible co-operation.
Subject: Quantitative screening.
I haven’t seen you around recently and thought I should tell you that I think the time has come for me to improve my knowledge on the skills you utilise. Any chance of getting together in the next few weeks?
Subject: Re: Any chance of a meeting?
Of course I’m still running the fund – it’s just that so much has been going on recently I haven’t had time to keep up with my investors. I’d love to see you – how about dinner on Thursday?
Subject: I need your wise counsel.
I’m desperately in need of help. My ex-girlfriend thinks I’m boring, there’s no-one in my life apart from Liz at present – who I’m missing – and I cannot understand what this company is up to. Your advice is worth the best lunch I can afford.
To be continued…