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Hedge fund manager Nikolai Battoo charged for hiding losses by SEC, CFTC

Monday, September 10, 2012

From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed charges against hedge fund manager Nikolai Battoo for allegedly bloating his impressive performance throughout the 2008 global financial crisis and exaggerating the value of the assets he manages and at the same time concealing major losses from investors.

In U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the SEC last week obtained a freeze order against the assets of Battoo and two of his companies, BC Capital Group S.A. based in Panama and BC Capital Group Limited based in Hong Kong, to prevent additional harm to U.S. investors. At the same time, the SEC charged Tracy Lee Sunderlage, an unregistered broker-dealer who was banned from the industry in a previous SEC enforcement action, for his involvement with Battoo’s investment program.

"Nikolai Battoo claims to manage $1.5 billion on behalf of investors around the world, including at least $100 million for U.S.-based investors," the SEC alleges. "But contrary to Battoo’s proclaimed track record of exceptional risk-adjusted returns for his investors, he actually suffered major losses in 2008 due to his investments in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme and a failed derivative investment program. Rather than admit the losses to investors, Battoo has been overstating the value of his investments in a variety of ways."

Because of his overstatem......................

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