Former Goldman Sachs director Raj Rajaratnam has settled the civil suit pending against him by the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US. The former director continues his prison sentence for insider trading, but has a litany of lawsuits still pending against him.Rajaratnam, convicted last year of trading on inside information from 2003 through 2009, will pay nearly $1.45 million to settle a civil case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to court documents. A federal judge approved the deal Thursday. Founder of the Galleon Group of hedge funds, the Sri Lanka-born Rajaratnam is serving 11 years at a Massachusetts federal prison, and has appealed. The 11 year sentence is the longest ever imposed for insider trading, and has been seen as a landmark case elevating the bar to deter future insider trading. (Zolmax News) The settlement includes $1.29 million representing profits gained and losses avoided as a result of trading on tips from former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. director Rajat Gupta, who was convicted separately in June. It also includes $147,738 in prejudgment interest.
Gold mines in Mali are an underexploited treasure trove for commodity investors, the supervisory board chairman of German-listed Pearl Gold told Reuters in an interview, Mineweb reports. International Mining will publish a comprehensive review of West African mining in its August issue, examining dozens of projects in gold, iron ore and more. All the iron ore majors – such as ArcelorMittal, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Vale are there. Gold projects abound. “Mali is certainly one of the most promising locations for gold mining at present,” Robert Goninon said in the Reuters interview. “Other countries like Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Ghana offer lucrative gold mining opportunities too. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.“Mali’s political stability and legal framework sets it apart from its neighbours,” he added. Regulation in Mali ensures that both nationals and non-nationals can exploit deposits under the same conditions — a privilege not always granted to foreign investors. Pearl Gold, a holding company listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange at the end of 2010, focuses on investments in West African exploration and mining corporations, especially in the field of gold and other precious metals. It already holds a 25% stake in Malian company Wassoul’Or S.A, which operates the Kodieran mine that it believes to contain about 1.75 Moz of recoverable gold.“Our short-term aim is to start industrial-scale gold production in Kodieran,” Goninon said. Pearl Gold is also eyeing other mines as acquisition targets, he said, but declined to name specific mines or companies.Wassoul’Or was founded by the respected Malian businessman Aliou Boubacar Diallo to operate the Wassoul’Or mine. Located in Kodieran, Wassoul’Or is one of Mali’s promising mining companies with well developed logistic and infrastructure facilities (300 km gravel roads southeast of Bamako). It put in place a pilot plant with a capacity of 1,000 t/d which was successfully operated for a period of 12 months in order to optimise the processing and the commissioning of the effective production plant of 11,000 t/d which is to be built within the next few months. The project is well advanced and has a relatively short time line to effective production.