Defendant Denies 'Knowingly' Insider Trading In AKO Case

Dec 7 2011 | 10:14am ET

An accused insider-trader had no idea a hedge fund trader friend was passing him confidential information, he told British regulators.

In a statement to the Financial Services Authority, Rupinder Sidhu said he thought tips given him by former AKO Capital trader Anjam Ahmad were based on "research, knowledge and expertise." And they were, in a sense: Ahmad was instructing Sidhu to front-run AKO's trades, allowing the two men to make hundreds of thousands of pounds on spread bets.

But Sidhu, who will be cross-examined today, said he had no idea that Ahmad was doing anything wrong.

"I was shocked to discover what Ahmad had been doing at his work," Sidhu wrote. "I have not knowingly been involved in any insider-dealing activity."

According to Sidhu, Ahmad told him that he wasn't able to trade the stocks himself due to his employment agreement with AKO. Instead, he suggested covertly passing the tips to Sidhu in exchange for 40% of the proceeds, Sidhu wrote.

Sidhu faces 24 counts of insider trading and money laundering. He has pleaded not guilty. Ahmad pleaded guilty to insider-trading charges in May.


In Depth

Part II: Roubini Talks Risk, Recovery And The Threat Of A Triple Dip Recession

Oct 21 2014 | 12:41pm ET

In the second half of our interview with Nouriel Roubini, FINalternatives editor...

Lifestyle

Balyasny Pays Over $6M For Lakefront House

Oct 22 2014 | 10:29am ET

A venture headed by hedge fund manager Dmitry Balyasny just paid $6.2 million for...

Guest Contributor

Hedge Funds Weather A Data Management Perfect Storm

Oct 22 2014 | 12:28pm ET

From a regulatory standpoint, nearly every development since the crisis has placed...

 

Videos

Editor's Note

    Guidelines for Guest Articles

    Oct 22 2014 | 9:46am ET

    We are always looking for guest articles from hedge fund managers and buy-side firms.

    If you are interested in submitting a contributed piece for possible publication on FINalternatives, please take a look at the specs. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

October 2014 Cover

Demeter: Family affair

David and James Hamman launched their fundamental Livestock and Grains Program in March of 2010 but it really was decades in the making.

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.