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Citigroup Affiliates to Pay $180 Million to Settle Hedge Fund Fraud Charges — The ASTA/Mat Aftermath

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that two Citigroup affiliates have agreed to pay nearly $180 million to settle charges that they defrauded investors in two hedge funds by claiming they were safe, low-risk, and suitable for traditional bond investors. The funds later crumbled and eventually collapsed during the financial crisis. Citigroup Global Markets […]

Leveraged Municipal Arbitrage Funds Under Investigation by Securities Attorneys

The firm announced today that it is investigating potential claims on behalf of investors who invested in the following municipal arbitrage funds: 1861 Capital Management Citigroup’s Mat and ASTA Funds Aravali Fund Blue River Asset Management GEM Capital Havell Capital Enhanced Municipal Income Fund Rockwater Hedge Fund, LLC Stone and Youngberg Municipal Advantage Fund TW […]

ASTA and Mat Municipal Arbitrage Claims Continue to Be Investigated by Attorneys

The firm announces it’s continuing investigation into the ASTA/Mat municipal arbitrage funds launched by Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. and sold through Smith Barney, part of Citigroup’s (NYSE:C) Global Wealth Management Group. The ASTA/Mat funds were first rolled out in 2002 and imploded in February 2008 causing catastrophic losses to investors. In May 2010 two Los […]

1861 Capital Investigation Continues…

The 1861 Capital funds imploded in February 2008, causing catastrophic losses to investors. “1861 municipal arbitrage funds were marketed to clients as a fixed income product producing a couple of extra points above municipal bonds,” according to Ryan Bakhtiari. “In truth, the 1861 funds were a high risk leveraged bet subjecting clients to a significant […]

Collapsing Hedge Funds Halt Investor Redemptions

The hedge-fund community is in crisis mode after crashing and burning in the aftermath of the global credit crisis. 1861 Capital Management, ASTA/MAT, Tontine Partners LP, and The Ospraie Fund, are just a few of the hedge funds who have suffered a fate tied to investor redemptions and illiquid assets, which ultimately has left thousands […]