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Editor: Eric C. Chaffee
Univ. of Toledo College of Law

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Defendant in Galleon Insider Trading Case Settles SEC Charges

The SEC announced that, on May 17, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a Consent Order and Judgment as to Defendant Anil Kumar ("Kumar") in the SEC's insider trading case, SEC v. Galleon Management, LP, filed against Raj Rajaratnam ("Rajaratnam"), Galleon Management, LP ("Galleon"), Kumar, and others. Rajaratnam is the founder and a Managing General Partner of Galleon, a New York hedge fund, which at the time of the alleged insider trading had billions of dollars under management. When the SEC's complaint was filed, Kumar, a friend of Rajaratnam's and a Galleon investor, was a director at the global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. ("McKinsey"). The SEC alleged that Rajaratnam unlawfully traded based on inside information involving numerous companies. It further alleged that Kumar acquired material non-public information while working as a McKinsey consultant and passed that information to Rajaratnam, who traded on it.

The Consent Order and Judgment entered against Kumar permanently enjoins him from violating the antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws, Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act, Exchange Act Rule 10b-5, and Section 17(a) of the Securities Act. It also orders him to pay disgorgement in the amount of $2.6 million, plus prejudgment interest in the amount of $190,621, for a total of $2,790,621. The order provides that the Court will determine at a later date whether any civil penalty is appropriate. Kumar has agreed to cooperate with the SEC in connection with this action and related investigations.

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