Jay Newman (businessman)

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BornNew York City, 1951
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma mater
  • Yale University, B.A.
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Economics 1973
  • Columbia University Law School, J.D.
  • 1976 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Editor The Columbia Law Review)
  • New York University, LLM, Tax Law, 1981
Spouse(s)Elissa Lipcon Kramer

Jay Newman is an American novelist and a former hedge fund portfolio manager for Elliott Management Corporation who led one of the most notable hedge fund trades in history. His novel about dark money and global politics, Undermoney, will be published by Charles Scribner's Sons on January 25, 2022

Early Life and Education

Newman was born in New York City in 1951. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from Yale University in 1973. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1976 from Columbia University, where he was the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He also earned a Master of Laws degree in Tax Law from New York University in 1981.


Finance Career Newman spent 40 years in international finance, with a primary focus on managing investments in sovereign debt, including the distressed sovereign debt of Latin American, Eastern European, African, and Asian countries.[1] He has also worked as a trader, investment banker and investor.

His early career included Shearson Lehman/Lehman Brothers, where he established the first trading desk at any Wall Street firm to create liquidity in the defaulted debt of developing countries. As an equity investor, he founded leasing companies in Central and Eastern Europe. He has invested in the debt of dozens of countries and managed negotiations.

Newman was viewed as “the mastermind” behind Elliott Management Corporation historic 15-year fight to recover billions of dollars in Argentine debt restructuring from the government of Argentina. The campaign, which included the court-approved seizure of an Argentinian Navy ship in Ghana with 200 people aboard in 2012, reached a successful conclusion in 2016[2]. The Wall Street Journal reported that the settlement to Elliott was for $2.4 billion, “a gain of roughly 10 to 15 times its original investment.” [3]The New York Times reported that Elliott’s return was “a 392 percent return on the original value of the bonds.”[4] Financial Times said the settlement “is seen as one of the greatest hedge fund trades” in history.

Newman retired from Elliott Management in 2018 but was lured back into the world of sovereign debt recovery in 2021, when he was hired by a group of shareholders of Telecommunications in India, a satellite and telecommunications company embroiled in a fight with the Government of India.[5] Founded by a former Goldman Sachs banker, Devas was awarded about $1.3 billion in arbitration rulings after a contract, which it had with an Indian state-owned company called Antrix Corporation to develop broadband, was cancelled a decade ago.

Writing Career Newman’s first novel, Undermoney, will be published by Charles Scribner's Sons on January 25, 2022. It has been described by author Nelson DeMille as “a groundbreaking, unconventional, and wildly entertaining peek behind the curtain of American politics, financial skullduggery, and high-stakes global conflict.” Author Lee Child called Undermoney “essential reading - makes your heart beat faster, like a thriller should, but also teaches you something big, which most thrillers don't.”


  1. "Jay Newman – Yale Innovation Summit". Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  2. "The Mastermind Behind Singer's Argentine Bet Warns Venezuela's Oil Company's Debt May be Worthless". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2021-12-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. Copeland, Gregory Zuckerman, Julie Wernau and Rob (2016-03-03). "After 15 Years, a Bond Trade Now Pays Off". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  4. Stevenson, Alexandra (2016-04-25). "How Argentina Settled a Billion-Dollar Debt Dispute With Hedge Funds". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  5. Fletcher, Laurence (2021-10-04). "Ex-Elliott sovereign debt supremo gears up for final battle in India". Financial Times. Retrieved 2021-12-09.

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