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🍋 Junior Analyst Sues Bank For Sleep Abuse

Why one former Centerview investment banker is suing the bank for $5M for sleep deprivation, plus Sam Altman and OpenAI drama.

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"My favorite day is like when it's raining, and I can just lie on the couch." — Lloyd Blankfein (ex. Goldman CEO)

Good Morning! It’s pretty wild that the first job AI took was Sam Altman’s. He got fired on Friday and he’s now joining Microsoft. Wall Street’s plan for a soft landing seems pretty simple - buy more stocks. Blackstone has emerged as the lead bidder in Signature Bank’s property loan sale. Private equity is buying into Aston Martin’s Formula One team. Airlines are gearing up for record Thanksgiving travel. And Jim Chanos, the legendary Wall Street bear who took on Enron and Tesla, is going into hibernation and shutting down his hedge funds.

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SQUEEZ OF THE DAY

Junior Analyst Sues Bank For Sleep Abuse

Everyone knows investment banking is both a hustle and a grind - where sleep is basically a luxury and work-life balance is just a myth. But apparently, one Dartmouth grad, Kate Shiber, is suing her former employer because she couldn’t get a good night of sleep without her BlackBerry going off.

The former investment banking analyst at Centerview Partners didn't just want any amount of sleep; she demanded a solid 9 hours, citing her anxiety disorders. HR granted her wish and implemented “guardrails”, so she could get 9 hours of protected sleep.

3 weeks later she was fired. Centerview could not accommodate her sleep requirement, citing requirements of a demanding job.

Investment banking can be a grueling job where schedules are hard to predict and Shiber found out the hard way.

She was staffed on some of the largest deals the firm was working on (including a $100 billion deal), and had reportedly logged off before her senior counterparts without giving deal members notice.

Shiber has sued Centerview for $5 million in damages. And Centerview is ready to battle it out with Shiber and says that she should have known what she was getting into when signing up to work at an (elite boutique) investment bank in NYC.

Takeaway: Sure, we can clown Kate for signing up for an investment banking analyst role when everyone and their mother know it's a sleep-deprived nightmare. But we're secretly rooting for Kate to come out on top in this lawsuit. In the off-chance she wins, it could set a killer precedent for all the junior bankers out there. Imagine a world where banks respect your work-life balance because they’re worried about getting sued.

CAPITAL PULSE

Markets Rundown

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Private Dealmaking

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BOOK OF THE DAY

Homecoming

At the dawn of the twenty-first century, Thomas Friedman, in The World Is Flat, declared globalization the new economic order. But the reign of globalization as we’ve known it is over, argues Financial Times columnist and CNN analyst Rana Foroohar, and the rise of local, regional, and homegrown business is now at hand.

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Alignment

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Consider the concept of compounding—it applies not only to finances but also to relationships. We know that win-win scenarios are the most beneficial, yet many fail to consistently implement this principle.

To shift our perspective effectively, prioritize being right over feeling right. This might require changing our approach when evidence suggests it's not working. It's essential to recognize that delayed results don't necessarily equate to failure.

Many prefer feeling right and believing they're exceptions to the rule, which leads to negotiations with the world instead of acceptance. This tendency extends to areas like health, where some believe they can neglect it without consequences.

Aligning with the world may demand pre-payment for future benefits—a willingness to endure momentary discomfort for eventual gains. While not always the easy route, it often leads to substantial rewards.

Remember, the world is ready to assist, but it's up to you to take that initial step towards alignment. Embrace its principles, and you'll find success more attainable and less elusive.

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