SAC Capital

Earlier this week, we received a stark reminder that things change. It doesn’t matter if we don’t want them to; it doesn’t matter if we’re not ready. We can’t freeze time1. We can’t pretend things will ever be the same. The old sign is gone. So is the website. Who knows where an email sent to an old address will end up. There are so many questions. There are so few answers. But in the midsts of it all, there is still one thing we can count on: Read more »

…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]

Bart M. Schwartz, the outside consultant tapped by Steven A. Cohen and federal prosecutors to monitor the operations at Mr. Cohen’s new family office, has closer ties to the firm than previously known. The son of an executive at Mr. Schwartz’s nationwide compliance consulting firm is a portfolio manager at Point72 Asset Management, the firm formerly known as SAC Capital Advisors. Mr. Schwartz said that the potential conflict was disclosed to Mr. Cohen and his legal team and that federal prosecutors and all sides were comfortable with the situation. Mr. Schwartz, a former federal prosecutor, said that he disclosed the matter to the parties soon after he was approached about serving as the outside consultant for Mr. Cohen’s firm. [Dealbook]

  • 07 Apr 2014 at 2:36 PM

Today Is Not Just Another Monday

October 12, 1492. July 4, 1776. July 21, 1969. All dates of such historical and cultural significance that if you asked someone where they were on that day, they’d surely be able to tell you. Because they weren’t just any old days; they were moments when everything changed. When seismic shifts in history occurred. When everything that came after it would be different than before. The day Christopher Columbus reached land; the day Congress the adopted the Declaration of Independence; the day we put two men on the moon. Today, another date will be added to the history books: April 7, 2014. The day SAC Capital changed its name to Point72 Asset Management. Read more »

“Him, him, and that guy over there, in the green shirt.” Read more »

He’s wined them and dined them and kept them warm when the trading floor was cold but apparently free hot dogs and Patagonia fleeces don’t go very far at SAC Capital these days. Following a raft of deflections by people who don’t want to stick around to see what the future holds for Point72 Asset Management, Dealbook reports that Steve Cohen is attempting to ensure a little loyalty from his traders, who can choose to do this the easy way or the hard way. Read more »

  • 28 Mar 2014 at 12:42 PM

SAC Capital Throws Itself Upon The Mercy Of The Court

They’ve changed their name. They’ve given back the money. They’ve cried it out atop the fleeces. What other lessons could possibly be learned? Don’t make Steve Cohen walk up and down Park Avenue wearing a sandwich board that reads “I employ insider traders” on the front and “LOTS of ‘em” on the back.1 Read more »