Subject: Dinner last week.
Great to see you. I’m glad you remain on side and confirm I’m happy to speak at your post-Budget seminar next year. Mind you, the Chancellor’s statement this week is probably more important to investors.
Subject: Re: Private equity funds.
Good to hear from you. You must be having a tremendous time, judging by the activity you generate. I’m just a simple, long-only fund manager, but I’ll find out who you should talk to.
Subject: Luke Sporgman.
What do you mean he’s left? I know I never liked him and did not trust his motives, but his screening processes were saving me a lot of time. Who’s in charge of the quants team now?
Subject: Calm down!
OK – I know it was rude of me to blow you out for dinner, but surely I’m not as bad as you suggest. I realise we can’t go back to the way things were, but sympathy would be appreciated.
Subject: Parties and other things.
Looking forward to seeing you at our bash next week. In the meantime do you own Dragon Life shares? The word is that a bid is coming before Christmas – and it’s likely to be hostile.
Subject: My return.
Can’t say I’m looking forward to exchanging cloudless blue skies and temperatures in the 70s for England’s damp and dreary December, but the time has come for the wanderer to return. Can you meet me at Heathrow Saturday morning next week?
To be continued…