As if all their workouts went smoothly, Jordan Saper and Stephen Mann posed, beaming, in front of a huge suburban New York office complex where the two founders of the Clifford Cos. claim they saved nearly $45 million for the lender, Mitsui Taiyo Kobe Bank.

But their jubilation could not erase the results of a more tangled workout in midtown Manhattan, one that ensnared Clifford in an acrimonious court battle.

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