Diamondback Capital Management

You can just forward them straight to Sterling Ridge Capital Management, New York, N.Y. Read more »

Ed’s note: A previous version of this story included a picture of a woman incorrectly identified as Wendy Cohen Schimel.

If you plan at long last to file your tear-stained redemption notice with SAC Capital Advisors next Friday– as reports suggest the few of you who haven’t already will do– an exciting opportunity is on the horizon. Sure, you may feel compelled to walk away from Steve Cohen in his time of greatest need, but you can at the very least keep your money in the family. Read more »

You’re only guilty of criminal insider trading, in America,1 if:

  • you trade on information that is material and nonpublic, and
  • some other stuff.

The other stuff is mostly stuff that only a lawyer could love, but man do they love it. It consists most importantly of the rule that the person who gives you the material nonpublic information needs to have done so in breach of some duty to keep the information secret and in order to get some personal benefit for himself. If a stranger just wanders up to you and says “I’m the CEO of Smerbafife and it’s a giant fraud, gotta go,” and you trade on that: you’re probably good.

This doesn’t help very often, though, since the personal benefit for the tipper doesn’t have to be an explicit bribe, or an explicit anything; just a desire to spice up your friendship with some material nonpublic information can qualify.2 (Also: usually there are bribes. You start with casual venting of frustrations and the next thing you know you’re accepting bags of cash in parking lots.)

It might help Anthony Chiasson and Todd Newman though: Read more »

It gives me no particular pleasure to update the ol’ insider trading sentencing chart every time a new person is convicted of insider trading, but I view it as a public service for the less instinctually law-abiding among our readers and here we are:

After three days of deliberations, a jury convicted Anthony Chiasson, a co-founder of Level Global Investors, and Todd Newman, a former portfolio manager at Diamondback Capital Management. The two had denied charges that they participated in a conspiracy that made more than $70 million illegally trading technology stocks.

Anyway chart (background here):

As, like, half of Manhattan gets convicted of insider trading, this chart has gotten a bit raggedy; various forms of cooperation or sympathy or silliness of the sentencing guidelines will move you off the predicted lines. Read more »