The tale that Berzon tells is entirely consistent with Fiato and his team getting so caught up in the Cosmopolitan concept when they agreed to finance it that they simply couldn’t let go, wanting to retain at least a substantial debt-finance involvement and ultimately deciding to finish themselves what Eichner was unable to do, placing valuations on the Cosmopolitan that no one else was willing to ratify. But we don’t quite get there: we get hints of that story, but not enough detail to see it clearly. Let’s hope there’s a follow-up.

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