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Goldman Sachs Board Member Couldn’t Wait A Single Second To Pass Insider Information To Raj Rajaratnam

Okay, that’s not entirely fair. Rajat Gupt actually did wait a second– all 23 of them– to call Rajaratnam after an informative chat with Lloyd Blankfein.

Blankfein began to appreciate very early in the quarter that results were going to be poor. About mid-quarter, on October 23, 2008 at 4:15 p.m., Blankfein, Goldman Sachs Chief Financial Officer David Viniar (“Viniar”), and other senior executives at Goldman Sachs conducted a Board posting call during which they informed the Board of the company’s then-current financial situation. The daily and weekly profit and loss statements that Blankfein and Viniar would typically rely on as the basis for their presentations to the Board show that the company was then operating at a quarter to date loss of $1.96 per share at the time.

Gupta dialed into the October 23, 2008, Board meeting around the time it was scheduled to start and remained on the call until 4:49 p.m. Just 23 seconds after disconnecting from the call, Gupta called Rajaratnam. The call lasted approximately 13 minutes. The following morning, just as the financial markets opened at 9:30 a.m., Rajaratnam caused the Galleon Tech funds to begin selling their holdings of Goldman Sachs stock. The funds finished selling off their holdings — which had consisted of over 120,000 shares — that same day at prices ranging from $97.74 to $102.17 per share. The same day (October 24, 2008), in discussing trading and market information with another participant in the trading scheme, Rajaratnam explained that Wall Street expects Goldman Sachs to earn $2.50 per share but that Rajaratnam had heard the prior day from a member of the Goldman Sachs Board that the company was actually going to lose $2 per share. As a result of Rajaratnam’s trades based on the material nonpublic information that Gupta provided, the Galleon Tech funds avoided losses of over $3 million.

Rajat Gupta Complaint [SEC via Business Insider]

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  3. Mike Cooper says:

    Hubris, to think such an obvious tip would go unnoticed? Or, perhaps, simply proof that enforcement is so weak, only truly extraordinary cases are every pursued.

  4. SEC watchdog says:

    Wow, you mean certain members of Goldman Sachs trade on inside information?

    Cough cough Prop Desk cough

  5. God says:

    Insider trading is legal in sri lanka.

  6. Guest says:

    How much did Gupt make? Actually, can they get him for insider trading if he didn’t profit off it and didn’t trade it? What did he do wrong; not say, this is material info you’re not supposed to trade on RajRaj?

    • Guest says:

      Look at the definition of insider trading again. Think about it and the answer will come to you.

    • Guest says:

      Look at the definition of insider trading again. Think about it and the answer will come to you.

    • Guest says:

      Look at the definition of insider trading again. Think about it and the answer will come to you.

    • Guest says:

      Look at the definition of insider trading again. Think about it and the answer will come to you.

    • Dean Wormer says:

      Thanks for confirming that you work in nothing even remotely related to finance. Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

  7. derp says:

    23 Seconds? That’s pretty long…

    … wait, what are we talking about?

    – Rick Pitino

  8. Anonymous says:

    So I’m looking at Rajaratnam right? And I’m thinking, if you move the n to the end of his name and replace it with the m, you’ve go Raj a rat man. How perfect is that?

    guy with too much time on his hands

  9. Fellow Caffeine Pill Addict says:

    SBTB reference in the tag?!?! Ms Levin you’ve outdone yourself.

  10. Christofurio says:

    23 seconds? Takes me about thatamount of time to find which pocket my phone is in, too.

  11. Christofurio says:

    23 seconds? Takes me about thatamount of time to find which pocket my phone is in, too.

  12. Guest says:

    Wow this is bad. They nab this guy for “passing on information” regarding the Buffett Goldman investment yet they don’t arrest Steven Friedman who was insider trading on it?! Cleary there are two sets of punishment. This looks so bad.

  13. Guest says:

    Wow this is bad. They nab this guy for “passing on information” regarding the Buffett Goldman investment yet they don’t arrest Steven Friedman who was insider trading on it?! Cleary there are two sets of punishment. This looks so bad.

  14. Guest says:

    Why didn’t he short it?

  15. Guest says:

    Why didn’t he short it?

  16. Jordan Lizard says:

    If you’re not on the inside, then you’re on the outside.

  17. Garywildd says:

    OK, turn your brain on. Good. So why does it take 13 minutes to say “we’re gonna lose two bucks a share”? If Gupta was in on the scam, he would have said “2 dollar loss” and hung up. The duration indicates that Rajaratnam figured out on his own what was going on from a lengthy conversation on many topics. Did any of you hear the call? J/w

  18. Garywildd says:

    OK, turn your brain on. Good. So why does it take 13 minutes to say “we’re gonna lose two bucks a share”? If Gupta was in on the scam, he would have said “2 dollar loss” and hung up. The duration indicates that Rajaratnam figured out on his own what was going on from a lengthy conversation on many topics. Did any of you hear the call? J/w

  19. Speakerphone says:

    Why doesn’t the SEC host a conference call so the sell side can ask puff ball questions like
    “How much of the 3 million gain in Raj’s fund did Gupta own?”
    “Is Buffett buying a 10% preferred “good” news?”
    “Doing a secondary near a 5 year low in the stock…scienter would be on the short side…”

    guy who listens to alot of conference calls

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