Archegos’ Bill Hwang states district attorney misbehavior validates indictment’s termination By Reuters

© Reuters. SUBMIT IMAGE: Sung Kook (Bill) Hwang, the creator and head of a personal financial investment company called Archegos exits the Manhattan federal court house in New York City, U.S., April 27, 2022. REUTERS/Shannon

By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK CITY (Reuters) – Bill Hwang is looking for the termination of his U.S. scams indictment over the collapse of his as soon as-$36 billion Archegos Capital Management LP, stating district attorneys dedicated misbehavior by sandbagging him when constructing their case.

Hwang made the demand in a Friday night filing in Manhattan federal court, where he has actually pleaded innocent to scams and racketeering conspiracy charges over Archegos’ March 2021 death.

Hwang’s attorneys stated Department of Justice district attorneys hidden prior to his arrest how Hwang had actually been their prime target, the expected “mastermind” of a large market adjustment plan, and caused him to disclose his defense method.

“The government’s conduct cannot be accurately described as anything other than deceitful,” the attorneys stated, calling the probe a “sham.”

Archegos imploded when it stopped working to fulfill margin calls following trades through so-called overall return swaps, leaving banks such as Credit Suisse Group AG and Nomura Holdings (NYSE:) Inc with about $10 billion of losses.

In a different filing, Hwang and co-defendant Patrick Halligan, Archegos’ previous primary monetary officer, stated their indictment ought to be dismissed since Archegos’ trading activity was “entirely lawful,” utilizing techniques that are “clearly permitted by the existing regulatory structure.”

A representative for U.S. Attorney Damian Williams in Manhattan decreased to discuss Saturday.

In declaring prosecutorial misbehavior, Hwang’s attorneys stated the federal government interacted regularly with them over 6 months, with Hwang sitting for 2 six-hour interviews, without divulging that it saw Hwang as a target and not simply a “subject” of its probe.

These conversations, the last taking place 2 days prior to Hwang’s April 27 arrest, “revealed what has now become (as prosecutors doubtless knew it would) his defense strategy,” Hwang’s attorneys stated.

“The court should not countenance this lack of candor, breach of prosecutorial duty, and end-run around the Constitution and federal rules,” they included.

Hwang likewise desires U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who manages the case, to hold a hearing to figure out the degree of any taint.

A trial of Hwang and Halligan is arranged for Oct. 2023. Halligan has likewise pleaded innocent.

The case is U.S. v. Hwang et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 22-00240.


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