So Mathew Martoma: pretty bad investment for SAC, no? He “was unable to generate … winning trades or outsized returns in 2009 and 2010, and did not receive a bonus in either of those years. In a 2010 email suggesting that Martoma’s employment be terminated, an [SAC] officer stated that Martoma had been a ‘one trick pony with Elan.'” Now we know what the trick was – it was insider trading! – and it looked like a good one in 2008 anyway, making SAC some money on the way up, saving it $276 million by selling out just before Elan announced negative drug trial results, and earning Martoma $9.3 million in what turned out to be his last bonus at SAC.
SAC Capital Advisors LP, the hedge fund run by billionaire Steven A. Cohen, will pay a record $614 million to settle U.S. regulatory claims that two of its affiliates made illegal trades using nonpublic information. CR Intrinsic Investors agreed to pay more than $600 million — the most ever in an insider-trading case — and Sigma Capital will forfeit about $14 million, the Securities and Exchange Commission said in a statement today. Cohen hasn’t been accused of wrongdoing. “This settlement is a substantial step toward resolving all outstanding regulatory matters and allows the firm to move forward with confidence,” Jonathan Gasthalter, a spokesman for SAC Capital, said in an e-mailed statement. “We are committed to continuing to maintain a first-rate compliance effort woven into the fabric of the firm.” [Bloomberg]
…vis–à–vis their insider trading charges against him (the former SAC Capital portfolio manager maintained his innocence today, pleading not guilty to turning material non-public information about clinical drug trials passed onto him by his doctor friend into profit). In related news, Martoma failed to give the Feds their Christmas wish, i.e. turning on the Big Guy already. [Bloomberg, NYP]
CR Intrinsic PM Arrested On Insider Trading Charges Can Take Solace In Knowing He Is Peerless In His FieldBy Bess Levin
Former SAC Capital Advisors LP portfolio manager Mathew Martoma was charged in what U.S. prosecutors called “the most lucrative insider-trading scheme ever,” netting as much as $276 million while at the hedge fund. Prosecutors in the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan today unsealed a complaint charging Martoma with trading on illicit tips about Alzheimer’s disease drug-trial results from 2006 to 2008. Martoma is accused of arranging trades in shares of Wyeth LLC and Elan Corp., making $220 million in profits and avoiding $56 million in losses for an unnamed hedge fund. Martoma is charged with one count of conspiracy and two counts of securities. Mathew Martoma, 38, of Boca Raton, Florida, worked for CR Intrinsic Investors in Stamford, Connecticut, a unit of SAC Capital, according to a civil complaint lawsuit filed against him by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Martoma allegedly engaged in the misconduct while at CR Intrinsic, according to the SEC complaint. [Bloomberg, WSJ, Complaint]
Feds Charge Two Former SAC Capital Traders, One Of Whom Is A Cooperating Witness, Others With Insider TradingBy Bess Levin
The individuals who will have their names mentioned at a noon press conference are hedge fund manager Samir Barai of Barai Capital, Barai Capital analyst Jason Pflaum, former CR Instrinsic (a division of SAC) manager Donald Longueuil (most recently with Empire Capital) and former SAC PM Noah Freeman. Read more »
Last January, analyst Jonathan Hollander’s name was mentioned as possibly having a connection to a Blackstone insider trading case, based on information presented to the government by his former employer, SAC Capital-owned CR Intrinsic. Not much has been heard about Hollander since then, but this morning Reuters‘ Matthew Goldstein reports that he’s actually in the super fun position of waiting to find out if federal authorities still have a problem with him.
One individual sitting on the prosecutorial bubble is former SAC Capital Advisors analyst Jonathan Hollander, who last worked for Steven Cohen’s $12 billion hedge fund in November 2008. Federal authorities have linked Hollander to several allegations of insider trading in both court filings and testimony at a recent criminal trial, but he has not been charged with any wrongdoing. Reuters has learned that prosecutors disclosed for the first time in August that they had taken at least two confidential statements from Hollander at some point over the previous 18 months.
Prosecutors disclosed the Hollander “proffer statements” in an August 25 letter to lawyers for former Jefferies Group Inc hedge fund manager Joseph Contorinis, who was convicted by a federal jury of insider trading in October.