Phillipp Villhauer was the head trader at SAC Capital Advisors LP who allegedly helped the firm founded by Steven A. Cohen make $276m on trades that led to the arrest of an ex-hedge fund manager for insider-trading, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Bloomberg reports that Villhauer is referred to only as the 'Head Trader' in a Securities and Exchange Commission complaint filed November 20th in Manhattan federal court against Mathew Martoma, said the people, who declined to be identified because the matter isn’t public. He is referred to in an FBI complaint filed that same day as the 'Senior Trader'. Martoma denies wrongdoing. Villhauer hasn’t been charged or sued.
'If this trader is not a cooperator, he is or soon will be in the government’s crosshairs', said Andrew Frisch, a New York attorney and former federal prosecutor who isn’t involved in the case. 'The government will see him as either a potential cooperator against others or as a worthy target by himself'.
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