October 30, 1987 |
A group led by Florida investor Paul A. Bilzerian said Thursday that it owns nearly 10% of Singer Co. and might try to take control of the big defense electronics firm. Bilzerian, a 37-year-old investor who made a fortune in Florida real estate but has yet to succeed as a takeover artist, started accumulating Singer shares in August but accelerated his buying after last week's stock market plunge.
December 22, 1988 |
Corporate raider Paul A. Bilzerian was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Manhattan on 12 counts of securities and tax fraud and other violations stemming from four raids in 1985 and 1986. The indictment, the latest to grow out of the government's 2-year-old investigation of Wall Street corruption, hinges on secret deals between the flamboyant 38-year-old raider and Boyd L. Jefferies, the former chairman of the Los Angeles securities firm Jefferies & Co.
July 26, 1986 |
Hammermill Paper Co., which has fended off one of the nation's most feared corporate raiders, girded for another contest Friday as California investor Paul A. Bilzerian launched a $722-million takeover bid of the nation's 12th-largest forest products company. Bilzerian's group already owns 19.6% of Hammermill's common stock, and on Friday it began a tender offer of $52 cash for each of the remaining shares. James Speice, a spokesman for Erie, Pa.
May 11, 1989 |
Former brokerage executive Boyd Jefferies said Wednesday that he illegally accumulated stock for corporate raider Paul Bilzerian, who wanted to conceal his stakes in various takeover targets. Jefferies, looking tanned and fit, testified at the trial of the 38-year-old Singer Co. chairman, who is charged with 11 counts of securities and tax fraud, conspiracy and making false statements to the government. If convicted, Bilzerian, a Tampa, Fla., investor, faces a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison and nearly $2.8 million in fines.
May 26, 1985 |
To fight apartheid, the city treasury of Washington will withdraw deposits from any bank that lends in South Africa. But the city's employee pension fund is allowed to invest in stocks of those banks. New York City generally makes it harder for firms selling to the South African police and military to win city contracts. But the Big Apple isn't sure which companies those are.