Prosecutors Probe Potential 'Willful Blindness' By Cohen

Jun 26 2013 | 12:21pm ET

Having trouble making conventional insider-trading charges stick against SAC Capital Advisors or founder Steven Cohen, federal prosecutors may seek to allege that Cohen was willfully blind to the allegedly illegal activities of his subordinates.

While prosecutors haven't abandoned other legal avenues against SAC or Cohen, they are investigating the conscious avoidance theory. Under such an allegation, the government would accuse Cohen of deliberately avoiding knowledge of potential illegal activities at his firm.

Prosecutors are said to believe that such a tack against SAC could prove fruitful, given the firm's structure, The Wall Street Journal reported. At SAC, trade ideas are generated by the firm's teams, and the best are filtered up to Cohen and the firm's other top managers.


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.