Unstructured Finance

SEC vs. SAC give rise to many legal theories

July 22, 2013

It seems everyone has their own pet theory about why the SEC chose now to move against hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen after years of being part of the hunt along with the FBI and federal prosecutors.

This summer, it’s the John Paulson show

July 19, 2013

Hedge fund manager John Paulson has shunned the limelight in recent years but in recent weeks it’s a different story, with the 57-year-old manager not only giving his first ever TV interview, he’s also set to take the stand in one of the most closely-watched trials in the country – the civil case against former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre.

Goldman fund haggles with REIT investors over 10-cent printing fee

June 13, 2013

A Goldman fund’s REIT charges investors 10 cents per page for financial statements.

The burden of being SAC Capital’s “Portfolio Manager B”

April 3, 2013

Michael Steinberg, the SAC Capital Advisers portfolio manager who was arrested at the crack of dawn last Friday morning probably envies former Goldman Sachs trader Matthew Taylor’s rush-hour surrender to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday.

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SEC has power to ban high-frequency trading, congressman says

January 18, 2013

Not everyone agrees that using high-speed machines to trade stocks in less time than it takes the average person to blink is a bad thing, but the people who do might be heartened by the letter a congressman sent the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

The Green Mountain saga: a cup of joe to go

July 3, 2012

By Matthew Goldstein

In some ways, the story of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is one of those quirky only in Vermont business stories, with a founder who made a small fortune in the 1970s selling rolling papers to potheads and a board member who helped invent the sports bra. Yet at the same time, Green Mountain is very much a Wall Street saga, with all the requisite highs and lows for its stock and questions about where the fast-growing company is going.

Tax and Accounting Calendar

February 17, 2012

Mary Schapiro, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Phil Falcone’s ray of sunshine

December 12, 2011

By Matthew Goldstein

Leave it to Phil Falcone to find a glimmer of good news to relay to the beleaguered investors in his Harbinger Capital Partners. A day after U.S. securities regulators threatened to sanction the billionaire hedge fund manger for alleged trading irregularities, Falcone told investors in his roughly $4 billion firm that not all is lost.

The curious Mr. Kotz and the SEC

December 2, 2011

By Matthew Goldstein

If we’ve learned nothing from the financial crisis, it’s that we need smart regulators to be minding the store. And we need someone to make sure the regulators are up to that job and not shirking their responsibilities.

Tyrone Gilliams keeps going and going despite charges

November 19, 2011

By Matthew Goldstein

It’s been an eventful month for hip-hop promoter and commodities trader Tyrone Gilliams, the man federal authorities allege defrauded investors out of at least $5 million.