The Collapse of Amaranth Advisors

            
 
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Case Code : FINC063
Case Length : 18 Pages
Period : 2000-2009
Pub. Date : 2010
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Amaranth Advisors
Industry : Investment Banking
Countries : US

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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)7 and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)8 had filed the lawsuit against Amaranth and two of its traders - Matthew Donhoe (Donhoe) and Brian Hunter (Hunter), alleging that they had manipulated natural gas market prices through their trading activities in February and April, 2006. CFTC had originally sought US$ 20 million and FERC had sought US$ 291 million in fines from Amaranth and its traders. However, they later agreed to settle the charges against Amaranth and Donhoe for a total of US$ 7.5 million as they felt that the defunct Amaranth would not be able to pay such high penalties with its assets already having been liquidated.

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The charges against Hunter, however, continued with CFTC and FERC complaining that the bets placed by him had been huge and had led to the collapse of Amaranth...

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7] The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is an independent agency in the US with a mandate to regulate commodity futures and options trading in the country. It was formed in 1974 by the US Congress.
8] The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is a United States Federal Agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil in the US. It was formed in 1977.


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