BREAKING NEWS: U.S. prosecutors said on Monday that the founder of the New York-based hedge fund Platinum Partners and six others were set to be indicted on charges that they participated in a fraud totaling approximately $1 billion.
Mark Nordlicht, the founder and chief investment officer of Platinum Partners, is among those who will be charged in an indictment set to be unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn, prosecutors said.
Background: Liquidators seeks U.S. bankruptcy for Platinum Partners’ funds
Two Platinum Partners hedge funds have sought U.S. Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection as part of an ongoing liquidation effort, according to court documents filed in New York federal court Tuesday.
In August, a Cayman Islands court ordered that an outside expert unwind the so-called offshore versions of its flagship hedge fund, Platinum Partners Value Arbitrage, which, along with the firm, is also being investigated by U.S. authorities.
That liquidator, RHSW Caribbean, filed the Chapter 15 bankruptcy petition which seeks to protect Platinum’s U.S. assets from creditors while an insolvency proceeding is underway in the Cayman Islands.
An outside spokesman for Platinum declined to comment.
Mark Nordlicht founded Platinum more than a decade ago and generated years of double-digit percentage returns by investing in often controversial businesses, a Reuters special report revealed.
New York-based Platinum has been caught up in federal investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
In June a longtime associate was arrested on charges of bribing a union official to invest in Platinum, charges he has denied. READ MORE