When at the turn of the 21st century the stocks of internet and telecom
startups broke all records of reason and decency, the bankers of this
tech bubble quickly grew detached from the realities of the world that
eventually triggered the collapse of the global economy.
Jerold nodded to Dewit and pointed his cup at him.
“Your English is perfect. Aren’t you Belgian?” “Yes, but I grew up in
England. Educated at Cambridge. My father was a diplomat,” he explained
with a smile.
“You seem to be the man for this job.”
“What about you, American?”
Jerold nodded. “I just transferred to the London office of ELS
Capital.” Jerold had one hand in his pocket, while the other held a cup
of water. His stance and tone demonstrated confidence. He couldn’t help
playing a bit of the tough guy from New York about to show these
natives how things were done on the other side of the pond, in the
Mecca of finance.
“The US telecom market has a few years’ lead,” Max Dewit said, “but
we’re catching up fast.”
“Indeed. Hungry investors from the other side of the Atlantic are
now rushing over here, hoping to make twice as much as what they made
last year. I have been here for only six days, and I can already tell
that the European Telecom market is a cyclist on steroids,” Jerold
“Yes,” Dewit confirmed, “and like the cyclist, it’d better not stop or
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