Lawyer: Rajaratnam Called Analyst Who Disputed Inside Info An 'Idiot'

Mar 3 2011 | 11:14am ET

Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam called an analyst at the hedge fund an "idiot" after he questioned the accused insider-trader's prediction about Goldman Sachs' earnings, the lawyer for the whistleblower in the case said.

Stuart Meissner's interview with CNBC indicates some of the potentially damning testimony his client could offer at Rajaratnam's trial, set to begin on Tuesday. The whistleblower, a former Galleon employee who has not been identified, is in talks with prosecutors about testifying against his old boss.

Among the incidents witnessed by the whistleblower was an outburst by Rajaratnam in late 2007 or early 2008. At a meeting, the Galleon founder "boldly and without any analytical support declared that Goldman's earnings would be an exact figure."

A Galleon analyst, however, disagreed. Irritated by the interruption, Rajaratnam turned to the analyst, who was not identified, a said, "You idiot, I just told you the number."

Rajaratnam is accused of having received confidential information about Goldman's earning from former McKinsey & Co. head Rajat Gupta, who sat on Goldman's board. The Securities and Exchange Commission this week sued Gupta, who has denied any wrongdoing.


In Depth

Q&A: Brevan Howard’s Charlotte Valeur Talks Strategy

Sep 18 2014 | 11:18am ET

Charlotte Valeur chairs the board of Brevan Howard Credit Catalysts, an LSE listed...

Lifestyle

Hedgies Rock Out For Children's Charity

Sep 15 2014 | 8:40am ET

It's that time of year again—when hedgies trade in their spreadsheets for guitars...

Guest Contributor

Volkered: How Financial Sector Reforms are Creating Opportunities for Hedge Funds

Sep 16 2014 | 11:28am ET

New regulations have dramatically curtailed proprietary trading activity in investment...

 

Editor's Note

    Get A Sneak Peak Of The Alpha Pages

    Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET

    As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

September 2014 Cover

The London Whale: Rogue risk management

Credit default swaps brought down the London Whale and cost JPMorgan $6.2 billion. Here is how it happened.

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.