Friday, 29 August 2014
Last updated 17 min ago
Oct 2 2007 | 12:20pm ET
The Securities and Exchange Commission has made prosecuting insider trading among hedge funds a priority. Now, a federal appeals court is giving that effort some teeth.
The First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has ruled that 36 months of probation for a hedge fund manager convicted of insider trading was too lenient, saying that the crime requires doing some time.
Michael Tom of Waltham, Mass., was convicted last year of making $750,000 in ill-gotten gains—for himself and his hedge fund, GTC Growth Fund—trading on insider information about Citizens Financial Group’s acquisition of Charter One Financial. The trial judge sentenced Tom to 36 months’ probation, including six months in a community confinement center, arguing that Tom’s tipster was the truly culpable culprit and was only hit with a years’ probation. He also said that prison time on top of the SEC sanctions Tom faced would be too much punishment for the crime.
The only problem, prosecutors said, was that federal sentencing guidelines called for a minimum of 37 months in prison. The First Circuit concurred.
“We agree with the government that the sentence is unreasonable and that it did not give adequate consideration to the seriousness of the offense, the need for general deterrence for white-collar crimes, and the need for some imprisonment,” the court wrote in its Monday ruling. It remanded the case to U.S. District Court for resentencing.
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…
Commodities/Futures magazine launched at the precipice of a revolution in the futures industry—really a revolution in the idea of risk management—that would move it from a small niche industry to ...