Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Steven Cohen: His own private bravado

He's seen at least nine of his trusted associates charged or implicated in a rapidly-metastasizing insider trading scandal, one that has cost his firm a record $616 million regulatory settlement and can be felt from hedge fund row on Connecticut's Gold Coast to Wall Street.  And the industry he has come to personify -- nimble when picking pharma stocks, soybean futures and derivatives -- can't seem to decide whether to take a long or short position on Steven Cohen, the reclusive and much-maligned founder of SAC Capital Advisors.

While he has not been charged with a crime, Cohen was subpoenaed last month by the government to testify in front of a grand jury as part of its very public inquisition of the $15 billion Stamford hedge fund.

Worth $9.3 billion, which has enabled him to acquire paintings by Picasso, Warhol and Jasper Johns, run a charitable foundation and live in relative sequestration on his sprawling Greenwich compound, Cohen is expected to invoke his constitutional right to remain silent.  But even the mighty Cohen might not be able to avert what some insiders say is the inevitable….

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