Tags: Hedge Funds, insider-trading, prospects, SAC Capital, so that's nice for them
For the ten SAC Capital employees who have been convicted of securities fraud over the last several years, the results of the government’s crackdown on insider trading are obvious: time in the big house, fines, and the dream of being being honored as a distinguished alumni of Stanford Business School dashed. For SAC founder Steve Cohen, too, the impact is clear: no more outside investors, a new layers of management– a cocoon, if you will– between him and his traders, and a giant metal ‘S’ ‘A’ and ‘C’, which once graced the wall of the firm’s lobby rendered completely useless.
For another group of people, though, the effect of multi-year investigation is less clear: the hundreds of SAC employees who did not engage in insider trading. Specifically, what having the hedge fund soon to formerly be known as SAC Capital on their resumés means for their professional lives and long-term career plans. Would it be the equivalent of a scarlet ‘S’ on their chests? Would hiring managers blow them off in a “seat’s taken” kind of way? Would they have to burn their fleeces and any other evidence of having once been associated with the firm? Would they stand in the shower scrubbing their skin raw in an attempt to get the SAC stench out, after a particularly unpleasant meeting with a potential employer who announced flatly that he could “still smell them on [you]“? Would they have to leave town, and start over in a place where no one had ever heard of SAC Capital? Read more »
Tags: chief surveillance officers, Hedge Funds, job opportunities, SAC Capital, Steve Cohen
Steven A. Cohen, the billionaire investor, is looking to hire a former prosecutor or securities regulator to monitor trading at his investment firm in the wake of the federal government’s insider trading investigation. Mr. Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors hedge fund, which pleaded guilty to securities fraud in November, is in the process of converting to a family office that will manage mainly $9 billion of his personal wealth. The firm announced its intention to hire a chief surveillance officer to monitor trading in a letter to employees on Tuesday. The firm expects to fill the newly created position in the spring…The letter to employees also described how SAC, after converting to a family office, would consolidate several operating divisions and would announce a new name for the firm sometime in April. [Dealbook]
Tags: Gold, hedge fund managers, Hedge Funds, John Paulson, Paulson and Co, unrequited love
John Paulson sat at his desk, staring at the office supplies that were all but making a mockery of him. The gold pens. The gold paper clips. The gold-plated keyboard, identical to the ones that he’d decreed everyone in the office have, too. He’d ordered them last year, along with the gold staplers, gold tape dispensers, gold paper weights. As his analysts were begging him to dump his holdings, he was directing his secretaries to get rid of everything in the office that didn’t reflect his position–nay, his feelings– for the precious metal that wasn’t nailed down to the floor. And how had gold repaid him? How had it treated his fund? By losing something like 10,000% and spitting in his face. And yet he still would not budge. Not when gold lost him hundreds of millions. Not when his friends, people who really cared about him, took him aside and said, “I’m telling you this as a friend: she’s out there making a fool of you.”
But now, as he stared at the keyboard, all he could think was how much he hated gold. He had a right mind to kick her to the curb, and that’s exactly what he was going to do. Paulson shot up out of his chair and raised his arm to sweep the keyboard, the pens, and the paper-clips into his, yes, gold-plated waste paper basket, with one cleansing motion, when a trusted adviser came bounding through the door.
“P!” he shouted. “You’re not going to believe this.” Read more »
Tags: Bill Ackman, hedge fund managers, Hedge Funds, Herbalife, Pershing, Pershing Square, simple requests
Even better than the last time he asked, when the only thing that happened was the opposite of what he wanted, and cost him a large sum of money. Read more »
Tags: hedge fund managers, Hedge Funds, Mathew Martoma, SAC Capital, Steve Cohen
Over at Dealbook today you will find an article by Matthew Goldstein and Alexandra Stevenson that takes stock of the government’s futile attempts to ensnare hedge fund manager Steve Cohen, in the wake of last week’s guilty verdict against one of his former traders, Mathew Martoma. According to Martoma’s attorney, his client was but a pawn/grain of sand in the Feds’ quest to nail Cohen for insider trading. While the conviction of Martoma was a win for Preet Bharara and Co in that it brought their record against accused insider traders to 79-0, things didn’t turn out precisely as they had hoped, as Martoma never turned on Cohen by revealing the damning details of a crucial 20 minute conversation the two had over the phone, before SAC began dumping its shares of Elan and Wyeth.
Will Martoma ultimately turn on Cohen in an effort to receive a more lenient sentence? It’s possible, though somewhat unlikely, as 1) He hasn’t up to this point and 2) His “testimony is not worth much to prosecutors now unless he has some email document, or other piece of physical evidence to support any version he would present of his conversation with Mr. Cohen. Plus, the revelations that he attached fake Harvard Law transcripts to his applications for prestigious clerkships did not exactly do wonders for his credibility. Obviously this is good news for Cohen, and adding to the ‘everything is coming up roses for the Big Guy’ column is the fact that, amazingly, people supposedly “still want to work [at SAC.]”
Which brings us to the most important part of Goldstein and Stevenson’s piece: the window it give us into one of the more vital and consequential tasks SAC employees find themselves performing daily: Read more »
Tags: goodnight sweet prince, Hedge Funds, insider-trading, SAC Capital, SAC Capital 2.0, Steve Cohen, what's in a name
We knew that our time was limited but it wasn’t until this morning that we found out how limited: according to Dealbook, SAC Capital as we know it will cease to exist come mid-March, at which point the firm take on a new name, streamline its “legal entities,” and add a layer of middlemen whose purpose is to make it more difficult for traders to get face time with the Big Guy. Read more »
Tags: bonus caps, bonuses, Hedge Funds, Nassim Taleb, tips
“I admire the move by the European Union to restrict the bonuses of that class of privileged civil servants called “bankers” — a recognition that the taxpayers have the right to control the income of those they subsidize and bail out, just as they set the salaries of other state-sponsored workers. Alas, bankers in their current status are an offense to capitalism; they are in a strange situation of having upside without downside, no skin in the game. As an additional insult to the taxpayer, bankers paid themselves the largest bonus pool of their history in 2010 — thanks to Troubled Asset Relief Program. If a banker wants to be free in his income, he should start his own hedge fund. Because hedge fund operators are invested in their funds; they typically have 50 times more risk as a share of their net worth than their largest customer.” [NYT]