insider-trading

Back in February, a young man named Mathew Martoma (né Ajai Mathew Thomas) was convicted of securities fraud. In addition to the actual act of using material non-public information about drug companies Elan and Wyeth to help out his employer, SAC Capital, in the P&L department, one thing that did not do wonders for Martoma’s case was the revelation that he had been expelled from Harvard Law School in 1999, as even he will tell you. For everything that Martoma is (a white collar criminal, an accomplished dancer), one thing he isn’t is stupid. That’s why when he was applying to Stanford University’s business school in 2001, he opted not to mention the incident at Harvard, probably figuring it would hurt his chances. One thing Martoma did not have the foresight to anticipate was that he would one day be a convicted felon, and, more importantly, that when it comes down to it? NOBODY MAKES A FOOL OF STANFORD. Which is this just happened:

Mathew Martoma, the SAC Capital Advisors LP employee found guilty last month of insider trading, is no longer a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the school confirmed Tuesday. Administrators at the business school rescinded their offer of admission to Mr. Martoma, a move that nullifies the degree he earned in 2003, according to people familiar with the matter.

Of course, the university is not totally heartless: it gave Martoma a chance to explain, but evidently 4 weeks is not enough time to come up with a credible story. Read more »

1. He’s not convinced the government proved he committed securities fraud. 2. He feels pretty strongly that the revelation he created fake Harvard Law School transcripts that were accidentally sent to judges, with whom he was seeking prestigious clerkships, made him look bad. Read more »

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 »

Much like being a first, second, or third year analyst on Wall Street, a lot of being a non-partner employee at a law firm is being shit on. Not respected. Treated like an idiot. That many of these attorneys have six-figure debt and are, in some cases, decades out of their early twenties makes the day to day treatment by their superiors all the more harsh. They can’t ease the pain with a visit to the Murray Hill Brother Jimmy’s; all the can do is go home and wonder “What kind of a life is this? Why do I put up with this,” cry, or some combination thereof. Some quit; others resign themselves to the way of life; a select few go out and get drunk on pinot grigio and decide, “I’m not some paper pusher. I’m an an esquire. I’m important. I know stuff. I’m gonna show them. I’m gonna show ALL of them [knocks over glass].” Read more »

The architect of SAC Capital’s extensive compliance policies and procedures within its exceptional supervisory structure is on the way out. And not, as you might think, due to certain guilty pleas to non-compliant behavior or felony convictions for the same, but because the new smaller, kinder, gentler, family-friendly SAC (or whatever it’s going to be called) won’t be doing any of the things it might have done in the past, and therefore does not need to spend quite so much money on compliance anymore. Read more »

At least one person isn’t happy about the pending insider trading settlement between the government and SAC Capital Advisors LP and isn’t afraid to make that known — anonymously. In an anonymous email to U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain, who is presiding over the criminal portion of SAC’s settlement, the critic had harsh words for the Justice Department and SAC’s billionaire founder Steven A. Cohen. “LTS, you must be tough like [Judge] Rakoff, kill the plea deal now that SAC trader Mathew Martoma is convicted to force DoJ to put Steve Cohen behind bars,” the person wrote. “His billions were made by insider trading and stolen from investors.” [WSJ]

*Assuming you can’t get them imported to the joint.

  • 10 Feb 2014 at 2:01 PM

Rengan Rajaratnam: I’m telling mom!

Rengan Rajaratnam, the younger brother of imprisoned hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, urged a U.S. judge on Friday to dismiss insider trading charges leveled against him last year. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in New York, his lawyers argued the government had taken positions in the indictment that contradicted positions prosecutors took in trying his older brother for insider trading. “Principles of fairness dictate that Rengan, at a minimum, should be tried under the same standard as Raj,” the defense lawyers wrote in the motion. [Reuters]