Monday, 27 April 2015
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Jan 14 2009 | 1:01pm ET
Ramesh Chakrapani, a Blackstone Group managing director involved in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions advisory unit, has been sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for insider trading.
According to the complaint, Chakrapani was tipped off by a friend about the acquisition of supermarket chain Albertsons in 2006 by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management before the deal was publicly announced. The SEC says Chakrapani earned $3.6 million in illegal profits trading on the insider information.
“We are shocked by this alleged breach of the law and violation of our own compliance policies and ethical standards,” said Peter Rose, spokesman for Blackstone.
The original acquisition, valued at $17.4 billion, included splitting up the Albertsons stores between a consortium of buyers, including Supervalu, drugstore chain CVS and New York-based Cerberus. At that time, Albertsons was the nation’s second-largest supermarket chain. The SEC says that Chakrapani’s Blackstone team advised Albertson’s on the deal.
Mar 20 2015 | 12:45pm ET
StreetWise Partners, a non-profit organization that works with low-income individuals to help them overcome employment barriers, raised over $275,000 at the 2015 Raising the Ante Charity Poker Tournament and Casino Event last Wednesday evening at Capitale. Here are some photos from the event. Read more…