Thursday, October 22, 2009
Hedge Fund Fraud: Collateral Damage
The founder of Galleon, Raj Rajaratnam is charged by the SEC with insider trading of massive proportions, along with 6 other cohorts. The SEC complaint asserts that Rajaratnam used his high-end connections and corporate relationships to gain access to insider information about earnings reports ahead of announcements and merger activities on several high profile companies. A Wall Street Journal article quoted the SEC chairman, Mary L. Shapiro, as saying “Raj Rajaratnam is not the astute study of company fundamentals , or marketplace trends that he is widely thought to be. Raj Rajaratman is not a master of the universe, but rather a master of the rolodex.” Several sources close the Rajaratnam tipped the SEC about the fraudulent activities at the hedge fund.
Meanwhile, Galleon, which was founded in 1997, will have to begin the process of winding-down the 3.7 billion in assets, as investors struggle to divest their portfolios. Given the involvement of many other firms, it is difficult to tell how far the web of fraud will spread.
Others charged in the complaint are as follows
Danielle Chiesi: — a portfolio manager, New Castle Funds / NYC
Rajiv Goel: — a managing director,Intel Capital -Intel subsidiary /CA
Anil Kumar: — a director, McKinsey & Company /Saratoga, CA
Mark Kurland: — a Sr Managing Director & Partner, New Castle /Upstate N.Y.
Robert Moffat: — a senior vice president, IBM/ Ridgefield, Conn.
New Castle Funds LLC — a New York-based hedge fund
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