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Sergey and Misha


The name of the Chicago firm that hired alleged Goldman code-cracker Sergey Aleynikov is out and it’s a name you’ve probably never heard of before. That’s because Teza Technologies LLC is a new firm–formed in May–by former Citadel Investment Group trader Misha Malyshev.

Malyshev, who had been a top high-frequency trader at Citadel, left the giant hedge fund in February because he felt he was not being sufficiently compensated, says a source familiar with the situation. Malyshev’s group was one of the more profitable last year for Ken Griffin’s operation, which overall had one of its worst years ever in 2008

And here’s the thing: I’m told Malyshev signed a nine month non-compete agreement with Citadel when he left.

Bloomberg first reported that Teza hired Aleynikov and got an email statement from the start-up, in which the firm said it “was not aware of the alleged misconduct.”