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.
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]
Jurors in Manhattan have reached a guilty verdict in the insider-trading trial of Mathew Martoma, the former SAC Capital Advisors LP portfolio manager accused of insider trading. The jury said Martoma used inside tips on trades that earned SAC $275 million. [WSJ, earlier]
Defense: Mathew Martoma But A Victim/Pawn/Grain of Sand/Innocent Young Man Cut Down In The Prime Of His Totally Legit Trading Career In Government’s Quest For Steve CohenBy Bess Levin
Former SAC Capital Advisors LP fund manager Mathew Martoma was portrayed by his lawyer as the victim of a “rush to judgment” by prosecutors looking to use him to bring insider-trading charges against his former boss, Steven A. Cohen…“Mathew was just a grain of sand in their haste to make a case against someone who is not even in this courtroom: Mathew’s boss, Steven Cohen,” Richard Strassberg said in his closing argument yesterday in Manhattan federal court. [Bloomberg]
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 »