August 24, 2011
SEC Obtains A Default Judgment Against Analyst in Galleon Insider Trading Case
The federal district court in S.D.N.Y. entered a Final Judgment by Default as to Deep Shah on August 23, 2011, in the SEC’s insider trading case, SEC v. Galleon Management, LP, et al., 09-CV-8811 (SDNY) (JSR). At the time of the alleged conduct, Shah was employed at Moody’s as a lodging industry analyst. The Commission alleged that Shah violated the federal securities laws by, among other things, tipping Roomy Khan, then an individual investor, to material, nonpublic information about: (a) the July 2007 acquisition of Hilton Hotels Corp. by the Blackstone Group; and (b) the March 2007 acquisition of Kronos Inc. by Hellman & Friedman. Khan traded on the basis of this information and also tipped others, who traded. Khan and others paid Shah cash for the inside information he tipped to Khan. Shah left Moody’s in late 2007 or early 2008, and he is believed to currently reside in India. Shah has failed to appear, answer or otherwise defend the Commission’s action.
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