Archegos Owner Bill Hwang, CFO Arrested For Market Manipulation And Fraud

Close to a year after the US Department of Justice opened an investigation into the collapse of hedge fund Archegos Capital Management, a New York court issued an indictment and ordered the arrest of the fund’s owner Bill Hwang and CFO Patrick Halligan among others.

Federal prosecutors filed a complaint against the former top honchos of the failed hedge fund related to the latter’s US$10 billion collapse last year.

According to the authorities, the defendants used the firm as an “instrument of market manipulation and fraud,” as well as inflated its portfolio to US$35 billion from US$1.5 billion in a single year.

Hwang’s lawyer confirmed the arrest but declined to comment when asked while Halligan’s lawyer claimed her client “is innocent and will be exonerated.”

The US Securities and Exchange Commission also filed a separate civil complaint against Hwang, Halligan, and two other executives of the hedge fund. The agency alleges the defendants coopted a “fraudulent scheme” to bloat the firm’s “assets under management from around $4 billion to over $36 billion in just under six months.”

Around March 2021, the fund defaulted on its margin calls causing several major global banks to pull out their investments for a total US$30 billion quick selloff. The event caused a sharp decline in Wall Street’s indices. Soon after, the hedge fund prepared to file for bankruptcy.

Hwang and Halligan are expected to appear before the Manhattan court within the day.

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