Level Global Investors, one of the now-defunct hedge funds caught up in the Justice Department's crackdown on expert networks, has settled separate Securities and Exchange Commission allegations.
The $3.5 billion firm, which said in February it would shut its doors, agreed to pay $3.2 million to resolve allegations that it "shorted into the deal" twice with financial stocks. According to the SEC, Level Global earned $2.68 million covering their shorts of Goldman Sachs and Regions Financial Corp. in public offerings. The SEC's Rule 105 forbids firms from participating in such offerings within five days of shorting a stock.
The hedge fund did not admit or deny any wrongdoing.
Level Global likewise said it did nothing wrong in the insider-trading probe. But that wasn't enough to save the firm, which was inundated by redemption requests after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided its offices in November.
Ironically, a Goldman Sachs private equity fund, Petershill, owned a minority stake in Level Global.