The last six weeks have not been the best of Preet Bharara’s life. But he’s used them profitably, moving through most of the five stages of grief after the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals basically torpedoed his life’s work vis-à-vis insider-trading. Indeed, after a black start to the new year, Preet was starting to emerge from his deepest depression (Stage 4) and in to a sort of acceptance (Stage 5).
So the Second Circuit took away two of his insider-trading convictions. And, sure, his remaining total of 84 appeared likely to be further diminished as the likes of Michael Steinberg got the Chiasson-and-Newman treatment on appeal. But he still had dozens and dozens of guilty pleas, those people he was able to browbeat into confessing to crimes that are no longer crimes. Those, surely, were safe. Read more »
Last December, SAC Capital portfolio manager Mike Steinberg was found guilty on one court of conspiracy and four counts of securities fraud. In May, he was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison, despite asking for leniency on account of the fact that he once raised money for a friend’s organ transplant with a bake sale. So, you might expect a guy in his position to be feeling pretty glum these days and pretty pessimistic about his prospects, particularly those of the professional variety. Yet, on the contrary, Steinberg is actually exhibiting signs of a man not just walking on sunshine but downright bullish about his career trajectory. In addition to appealing his sentence, the ex-SAC manager is already making plans to dive back into the investing game, ASAP. Read more »
To be fair, we don’t actually know 1) how much money was raised and 2) if his friend needed a heart. It could’ve been a kidney or liver or a lung. What we do know is that U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan was somehow unmoved by this argument, made on behalf of ex-SAC employee and convicted insider trader Mike Steinberg: Read more »
Michael Steinberg, a portfolio manager at Steven A. Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors who was found guilty last year on insider trading charges, has asked for a two-year sentence, far shorter than the term recommended by probation officials. In a 65-page sentencing memo, Steinberg’s lawyer Barry Berke referred to his “character and broader life accomplishments” in arguing that his sentence should be only two years in prison. A report by the court’s probation department recommended that Steinberg be sentenced to a prison term of 4-1/4 to 5-1/4 years for his December conviction on one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and four counts of securities fraud. “Mr. Steinberg is a man of many admirable individual characteristics — but more than that, he is a giver and a doer, someone whose contributions to the happiness, success and well-being of his family, friends, and many others are second to none,” Berke wrote to U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan. [Reuters]
Ex-SAC Capital PM Mike Steinberg seemed pretty surprised when he was found guilty of insider trading.
Ms. Williams recalled the day when Michael S. Steinberg, a portfolio manager at the hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors, was brought before a Manhattan judge to be read the insider trading charges against him. The police escorted him, in handcuffs, into the Lower Manhattan courthouse through the main elevators rather than the usual back way leading into the courtroom. When Mr. Steinberg emerged from the main elevators, there was a look of utter shock on his face. “Being caught is so out of their wildest dreams,” she said.
For the moment, however, Cohen is preparing for an end-of-year boat trip, said someone familiar with the matter, and is ending 2013 with an impressive market performance of more than 16 percent returns, according to someone familiar with the figures, despite the legal maelstrom. He was in his office Wednesday, watching Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on CNBC, when Steinberg’s verdict was returned. “Guilty,” Cohen muttered in the midst of Bernanke’s televised press conference, a pronouncement that was picked up on SAC’s internal intercom system for traders who hadn’t yet learned the outcome to hear. It was an eerie experience, said someone who was there. [CNBC]
This probably does not come as any more of a surprise to him than it does to anybody else, given (a) that prosecutors are batting 1.000 on insider-trading cases these days, and (b) that he passed out as soon as he saw the jury walk into the courtroom. Read more »