The Galleon Group was once one of the largest hedge funds in the world with around $7 billion in assets under management at its peak in 2007. The fund was known for its profitability in the trading of technology stocks.
In November of 2009, prosecutors and the FBI announced that they had filed charges against several people involved with the Galleon Group hedge fund, including founder Raj Rajaratnam. Most notably, the government filed criminal charges related to insider trading in a number of securities going back to 2006.
On May 11, 2011, Rajaratnam was convicted on all 14 counts against him, of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit it, and faced up to 19 1/2 years in prison and tens of millions of dollars in fines.
As of May 12, 2011, several key people associated with the Galleon Group insider trading scandal had been convicted, or were awaiting civil penalties, including:
- Raj Rajaratnam, founder
- Rajat Gupta, former senior partner at McKinsey & Co, who had pending civil charges filed against him;
- Danielle Chiesi, a hedge fund trader who pleaded guilty in the case;
- Rajiv Goel, an employee at Intel’s treasury department;
- Anil Kumar, a former senior partner at McKinsey;
- Adam Smith, a former Galleon portfolio manager who pleaded guilty to insider trading; and
- Mark Kurland, former managing director and general partner at New Castle.
- Rajaratnam verdict marks significant government victory. BBC News.
- Galleon to Wind Down Hedge Funds. WSJ.com.
- Raj Rajaratnam, Founder of $3 Billion Galleon Group Hedge Fund, Arrested. Ethio Planet.
- Wall Street, Held Accountable. New York Times.
- Big names drawn into Galleon web. Financial Times.