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 »
As those of you who keep up with the Life And Times of Steven A. Cohen know, there are few things on this earth that the hedge fund manager despises more than his first bride, Patricia Cohen. So despite the fact that she has been suing him nearly five years; is, in the words of his lawyer Martin Klotz, “harass[ing] and embarrass[ing] Steven,”; and, at this point, wants what represents approximately 1/900000th of his personal wealth, the SAC Capital founder continues to refuse to settle this thing privately and throw her a dime. While merely casual observers of the Big Guy assumed that Patty’s recent victory, wherein she “won permission as part of a 25-year-old divorce battle to question him about any lies he may have told related to wrongdoing at the hedge fund” would’ve gotten him to budge, SAC Scholars know better.
“It’s a bit of a head-scratcher,” said Anthony Sabino, a business law professor at St. John’s University in New York, who has followed the case. “He’s been pilloried in the press. You’d have to think he is sick and tired of that and would like to get out of the spotlight. It’s baffling why he just doesn’t say, ‘Here’s the money, why not leave us alone?’”
For the record, here are a list of things Steve Cohen would rather do than give his ex-wife satisfaction, monetary or otherwise: Read more »
Former SAC Capital Advisors LP portfolio manager Mathew Martoma won a delay of his Nov. 10 deadline to report to prison to begin a nine-year sentence, while an appeals panel considers whether he may remain free during his challenge to his insider-trading conviction. Martoma, 40, was convicted in February of making $275 million for SAC by using illegal tips to trade in Elan Corp. and Wyeth LLC in what prosecutors called the biggest insider-trading case against an individual. The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York today postponed Martoma’s surrender date until it considers his emergency motion for bail pending appeal. The court has yet to schedule an argument. [BusinessWeek]
Rosemary, wife of ex-SAC PM Mathew, wants the Feds to keep their mitts off 50% of the marital assets. Read more »
F.B.I. Agents Took Inspiration From I Know What You Did Last Summer In SAC Capital Insider Trading CaseBy Bess Levin
Over at the New Yorker today, you will find a long piece exploring the coming undone of the hedge fund formerly known as SAC Capital, now Point72 Asset Management, at the hands of a trader formerly known as Ajai Thomas, now Mathew Martoma. Although nearly a dozen ex-SAC employees have been charged with and convicted of securities fraud over the last several years, it was really the work of work of Martoma, accused in November 2012 of orchestrating “the largest insider trading scheme ever” and found guilty last spring, that was the straw that broke the embalmed shark’s back. Particular details to note:
* While SAC has a history as an extremely cutthroat place to work, where the “down and out” clause means traders are cut loose swiftly and without hesitation, and insults from on high are in no short supply, it was no match for the household of Martoma’s youth, headed by a guy who could teach Steve Cohen a thing or two.
When Martoma’s father first came to America, he was admitted to M.I.T., but he could not afford to attend. He retained a fascination with Cambridge, however, and prayed daily that his oldest son would go to Harvard. Martoma graduated from high school as co-valedictorian, but he ended up going to Duke. Shortly after Mathew’s eighteenth birthday, Bobby presented him with a plaque inscribed with the words “Son Who Shattered His Father’s Dream.”
* Steve Cohen has continued his long and storied tradition of displaying once-living things in boxes at the 72 Cummings Point Road headquarters.
S.A.C. was a notoriously intense place to work. Its headquarters, on a spit of land in Stamford, Connecticut, overlooking the Long Island Sound, are decorated with art from Cohen’s personal collection, including “Self,” a refrigerated glass cube, by Marc Quinn, containing a disembodied head sculpted from the artist’s frozen blood.
* That anecdote that circulating a while back about how Martoma had fainted on his front lawn when approached by the Feds? It wasn’t the mere sight of them, or some sort of line about how they knew he’d been trading on material non-public information that caused him to collapse, but rather this: Read more »
That’s about the only effect of yesterday’s move to revoke SAC’s CFTC registration because of, you know, the insider-trading and whatnot, since family offices like
SAC er, Point72 don’t need the CFTC’s permission to do anything. Read more »