SAC Capital

  • 16 Oct 2014 at 12:38 PM

Ill-Gotten Gain Watch ’14: Mrs. Martoma

Rosemary, wife of ex-SAC PM Mathew, wants the Feds to keep their mitts off 50% of the marital assets. Read more »

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 »

Mathew Martoma, he of the “most lucrative insider-trading scheme in history” Martomas, is going to jail for a while, though for less time than the government wanted. Read more »

  • 05 Sep 2014 at 1:42 PM

Mathew Martoma Is Still Going To Jail

Despite his lawyer’s arguments that 1) The government’s key witness can’t be trusted and 2) That whole business with the fake Harvard Law transcripts made him look bad in the eyes of the jury. Read more »

Otherwise it just seems unnecessary. Read more »

Judge Wants To Check SEC’s Back-Of-The-Envelope Math

Victor Marrero’s not so sure that the regulator was sufficiently scientific in calculating exactly how much Point72 Asset Management née SAC Capital Advisors owes to the universe (and Elan and Wyeth shareholders) for its extraordinarily lucrative bit of insider trading. Read more »