No Discipline For SEC Officials In Pequot Probe

Nov 10 2008 | 1:23am ET

Three high-ranking Securities and Exchange Commission officials will not be disciplined for lapses in the agency’s investigation of insider trading at Pequot Capital Management.

The SEC’s chief administrative law judge, Brenda Murray, declined to order punishment for Linda Thomsen, director of enforcement, and two others in the case of Gary Aguirre, a former SEC lawyer who claimed he was fired for seeking to question John Mack, the one-time Pequot chairman who now leads Morgan Stanley. In a report issued last month, H. David Kotz, the SEC’s inspector general, blasted the SEC’s probe of Pequot, saying he found evidence that “raised serious questions about the impartiality and fairness” of the investigation, and that the agency had allowed “inappropriate reasons to factor into its decision to terminate” Aguirre in 2005.

He had called for disciplinary action against Thomsen, Mark Kreitman, the SEC’s assistant director of enforcement, and Robert Hanson, Aguirre’s former supervisor. But Murray dismissed his recommendations.

“We are surprised and disappointed by the administrative judge’s decisions,” Kotz said in a statement. “We believe her findings were flawed and not supported by the evidence. We also have serious concerns about the process utilized in arriving at these decisions. We stand by our comprehensive and through reports 100%.”

Aguirre said he was fired when he asked to take testimony from Mack. He also claimed that his superiors sought to impede his investigation when it got close to Mack.

RELATED STORIES

Internal Report Blasts SEC’s Handing Of Hedge Fund Probe


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

Deeply flawed risk benchmark

Most traders agree that proper risk management is the key to successful trading. However, many traders depend on the deeply flawed measure of standard deviation as a benchmark of risk. Here we put it ...

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.