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…on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Laura Swain is scheduled to punctuate the firm’s remarkable downfall when she rules on its plea to criminal insider-trading charges. If Judge Swain accepts the plea, as expected, the firm will pay an additional $1.2 billion in penalties, including the largest criminal fine ever in an insider-trading case. Since the guilty plea last November, portfolio managers who oversaw more than 10% of SAC’s capital have either left or announced plans to leave, according to people familiar with the firm’s operations. “How could I tell my kids I stayed at a firm that admitted to insider trading?” said one former employee. [WSJ]

Remember Frank Perkins Hixon Jr.? Made something of a name for himself when he became the first Evercore employee in history to be accused of insider trading, which he apparently did in part to raise funds to support the child he had with Destiny Wind Robinson? He may be going away for a while. Also, he’s sorry. Read more »

Ching Hwa Chen and Tyrone Hawk know what we’re talking about. Read more »

Over the past year or so, Steve Cohen has had to swallow several bitter pills in order to continue doing what he loves– trading stocks– and not further incite the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Justice Department, and Preet Bharara. He’s written a check for over 600 million dollars and another one for $1.2 billion. He’s returned all investor money to people not related to him by blood or marriage. He’s said good-bye to friends. Most recently, he made the ultimate sacrifice when he agreed to change the name of the firm1 from his initials to Point72 Asset Management, rendering a walk-in closet full of SAC Capital fleeces utterly useless.

And although the sight of a distraught Cohen fighting with his lieutenants over the name change, of him scooping up a pile of fleeces and shouting “What the hell am I supposed to do with these?!” before collapsing atop them and whispering, “Alright…alright,” of his President and GC and CFO standing awkwardly around him as he buried his face in the zip-ups and vests before sending everyone away and letting him be alone with them, of a single tear rolling down his face as he slowly traced the stitched on ‘S’ and then the ‘A’ and finally the ‘C’ should have been enough… Read more »

Apparently this came as a surprise to Rajat Gupta. Read more »

  • Calls from his guy at the Patagonia factory saying they’re backed up with orders right now the Point72 fleeces probably won’t get shipped ’til next Thursday
  • A message that his ex-wife was spotted on the property, and that she’s bypassed security and is heading for the trading floor
  • To be informed some little shit with a 12th birthday already rented the Super Duper Weenie truck for the weekend.
  • The news that yet another one of his employees was charged with insider trading

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As you’ve probably heard by now, the upper echelons of SAC Capital management have selected a new name for the firm and its sub-units as part of an effort to close the insider trading/government cavity search chapter of its history and begin anew (next month). They’ve gone with Point72 Asset Management, inspired by the firm’s Stamford address (72 Cummings Point Road) and honestly? We’re not loving it. What was once a name that evoked confidence, excitement, and yes, fear, all in equal measures, now brings to mind a Kia. What could have been “King of Diamonds Capital Management” is now directions once you get off 95.

There is, however, a small glimmer of hope, buried beneath Point72 and EverPoint and all of the other points and the off brand “Cubist Systematic Strategies.”1 To his secretive2 “personal investments,” the great man will continue to lend his name. Read more »