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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Cioffi and Tannin's Indictment: Good News for Investors

Ralph Cioffi and Mathew Tannin, the former managers of the Bear Stearns' hedge funds that collapsed last year, were indicted today. The SEC also filed civil charges today as well. I appeared on CNBC this afternoon to discuss whether the evidence will be enough to show "intent" and whether criminal charges were warranted. The answer is a resounding yes to both questions, especially given Tannin's "smoking gun" email from his personal account to Cioffi's wife's email account where he frets over the funds future performance just days before making upbeat comments to investors. Cioffi's withdrawal of $2 million from the funds before the collapse appears to provide evidence of his "intent".

The criminal and SEC developments could bode well for investors seeking recovery of losses through the arbitration process. Tannin and Cioffi will be called to testify in arbitration hearings before their criminal trials take place and likely will exercise their Fifth Amendment rights against self incrimination. Attorneys can ask the arbitration panel to take what's called an "adverse inference", which means panelists can assume that if the defendants answered the questions, rather than pleading the Fifth, the answers would have adversely affected their interest.

It should be noted that JP Morgan has put aside billions of dollars for litigation costs when it acquired Bear Stearns.

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