So let’s take a look at this lawsuit filed yesterday by a UBS commercial mortgage strategist named Trevor Murray. He seems not to have gotten along with his boss Ken Cohen, a former Lehman guy now in charge of UBS’s CMBS business. From the complaint:They go on to point out that it sounds like he was actually a strategist, not a researcher, so the research rules they're trying to trip UBS up on are not going to apply. If your a strategist, you work for the desk and are biased, if you're a research analyst you're supposed to be unbiased. It also sounds like he was off message with his employer, the desk. DB then points out that it turns out his position was kind of wrong too, so, that kind of sucks for him. So, you have a guy whose boss thinks he's doing a bad job, data backs that up at least to some extent, he gets fired, and then he sues and makes allegations which probably open him up to damage claims from UBS. I have a feeling this isn't going to work out well for him and he's going to end up spending $20-$50k to figure that out.
13. Plaintiff was … the target of a concerted, extended effort by UBS Securities, through Mr. Cohen, as well as others reporting to Mr. Cohen, to influence Plaintiff to skew his published research in ways designed to support UBS Securities’ ongoing CMBS trading and loan origination activities.
14. In June 2011 Mr. Cohen implored Plaintiff, in words or effect, to help “improve conditions in the CMBS market” because this was to be a “significant revenue generator” for the investment bank at UBS Securities. In or around September 2011, Mr. Cohen, along with the head CMBS trader, sat directly next to Plaintiff and told him that a person from the market had approached Mr. Cohen about Plaintiff’s research. Mr. Cohen stated that he disagreed with Plaintiff’s research, and asked Plaintiff, so as not to “confuse” the market, to inform the head CMBS trader about his research ideas prior to publication in order to maintain “consistency” between what he and they were saying about UBS Securities’ CMBS products and trading positions.
Friday, August 3, 2012
CMBS Strategist sues former employer, UBS