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The recent spate of high-profile deals on Wall Street have brought back memories of Gordon Gekko and the go-go ’80s. In the 1980s, RJR Nabisco, Beatrice Foods, Time Warner and other deals grabbed headlines and brought notoriety and riches to firms like Drexel Burham Lambert and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., and individuals like Michael Milken, Henry Kravis, Carl Ichan and T. Boone Pickens. With the, at the time, unheard of sums of cash making these deals work, came allegations — and eventually convictions — of insider trading against some of these ’80s titans of Wall Street, including Milken and Ivan Boesky.

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