Article: Coffee’s for Closers: How a Short Seller’s Warning Helped Take Down Luckin Coffee

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Coffee’s for Closers: How a Short Seller’s Warning Helped Take Down Luckin Coffee

Jing Yang in Hong Kong, Juliet Chung in New York and Julie Steinberg in London, 23 June 2020

In January, days after the shares of Luckin Coffee Inc. hit a record high on the Nasdaq Stock Market , giving the company a $12 billion valuation, a cryptic email arrived in the inboxes of multiple short sellers. “A new generation of Chinese Fraud 2.0 has emerged,” it said. “Companies that start off as fundamentally and structurally flawed business model [sic] that evolves into fraud.” The author offered to share customer receipts and videos from Luckin Coffee outlets, attached a long report about the company and said the short sellers could publish and take credit for it. Continue reading “Article: Coffee’s for Closers: How a Short Seller’s Warning Helped Take Down Luckin Coffee”

Article: Steven A. Cohen

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Steven A. Cohen

King of Hedge Funds

Cohen is renowned not only for his ability to make money as a trader, but also for his penchant for spending it, on such things as a 30-room mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut and an art collection that includes works by Warhol, Picasso, Cézanne and other famous artists. [4]

Cohen began as an options trader with Gruntal & Co. in 1978. He started SAC Capital Advisors in 1992 with $25 million in assets. At its peak just before the conversion to a family office, SAC had over $50 billion under management, with a staff of 1000 people across the globe.[5]

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Article: Why SAC Capital’s Steven Cohen Isn’t in Jail

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Why SAC Capital’s Steven Cohen Isn’t in Jail

Sheelah Kolhatkar, 03 January 2014

Ten thousand dollars an hour worth of lawyers filed into a courtroom in lower Manhattan on the morning of Nov. 8. The legal team represented Steven Cohen’s hedge fund, SAC Capital Advisors, which had agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle criminal charges that it had engaged in securities fraud. The hearing was the culmination of a long legal struggle between SAC and the government that has dramatically altered what was once one of Wall Street’s most powerful firms. Eight former or current SAC employees have been charged with insider trading. Six of them have pleaded guilty; one, Mathew Martoma, is due to go on trial on Jan. 6, and another, Michael Steinberg, was convicted on Dec. 18 of insider trading in two technology stocks. Continue reading “Article: Why SAC Capital’s Steven Cohen Isn’t in Jail”

Article: A hedge on the edge: SAC Capital’s insider trading scandal

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A hedge on the edge: SAC Capital’s insider trading scandal

The Conversation, 26 July 2013

After causing the collapse of the Galleon Group hedge fund in 2009, insider trading enforcements have once again shaken the hedge fund industry. Late last week, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Steven A. Cohen, CEO of SAC Capital Advisors LP, one of the world’s largest hedge funds, with failing to supervise two of his managers, Mathew Martoma and Michael Steinberg, who traded on material non-public information concerning three US listed companies in 2008. Continue reading “Article: A hedge on the edge: SAC Capital’s insider trading scandal”

Article: SEC Charges Steven A. Cohen with Failing to Supervise Employees Who Allegedly Engaged in Insider Trading

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SEC Charges Steven A. Cohen with Failing to Supervise Employees Who Allegedly Engaged in Insider Trading

Vincent PitaroHedge Fund Law Report, 25 July 2013

On July 19, 2013, the SEC instituted administrative proceedings against Steven A. Cohen, the embattled founder of hedge fund adviser S.A.C. Capital Advisors, LLC (SAC). Generally, the SEC charges Cohen with failing to supervise two of his portfolio managers, Mathew Martoma and Michael Steinberg, both of whom have been indicted on insider trading charges arising out of their trading for hedge funds advised by SAC. See “Fund Manager CR Intrinsic and Former SAC Portfolio Manager Are Civilly and Criminally Charged in Alleged ‘Record’ $276 Million Insider Trading Scheme, Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 5, No. 44 (Nov. 21, 2012). Continue reading “Article: SEC Charges Steven A. Cohen with Failing to Supervise Employees Who Allegedly Engaged in Insider Trading”

Article: SEC charges SAC Capital’s Steven Cohen over insider trading

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SEC charges SAC Capital’s Steven Cohen over insider trading

Verdict Staff, 22 July 2013

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed civil charges against Steven Cohen, head of the hedge fund SAC Capital, for failing to supervise two portfolio managers and prevent insider trading.

In the complaint, the SEC alleges that Cohen received highly suspicious information that should have caused any reasonable hedge fund manager to investigate the basis for trades made by two portfolio managers who reported to him, Mathew Martoma and Michael Steinberg. Continue reading “Article: SEC charges SAC Capital’s Steven Cohen over insider trading”

Article: SEC Charges Steven A. Cohen With Failing to Supervise Portfolio Managers and Prevent Insider Trading

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SEC Charges Steven A. Cohen With Failing to Supervise Portfolio Managers and Prevent Insider Trading

SEC, 19 July 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against hedge fund adviser Steven A. Cohen for failing to supervise two senior employees and prevent them from insider trading under his watch.

The SEC’s Division of Enforcement alleges that Cohen received highly suspicious information that should have caused any reasonable hedge fund manager to investigate the basis for trades made by two portfolio managers who reported to him – Mathew Martoma and Michael Steinberg. Cohen ignored the red flags and allowed Martoma and Steinberg to execute the trades. Instead of scrutinizing their conduct, Cohen praised Steinberg for his role in the suspicious trading and rewarded Martoma with a $9 million bonus for his work. Cohen’s hedge funds earned profits and avoided losses of more than $275 million as a result of the illegal trades. Continue reading “Article: SEC Charges Steven A. Cohen With Failing to Supervise Portfolio Managers and Prevent Insider Trading”