Nothing like a bit of irony to make me smile

EDITOR'S LETTER

I must admit to smiling just a little when I first learned of the $11.3 billion leveraged buyout of SunGard by the Silver Lake Partners-led consortium. You see, I am more then just a little bit partial to a touch of irony, especially when it spices up the financial services industry, albeit for only a day or two. During an interview that I conducted a couple of years ago with Jim Ashton, group chief executive of SunGard Trading and Risk Systems, I asked him whether he had any idea how many s

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