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Inside Tottenham owner Joe Lewis' £113m superyacht: Luxurious private haven features a full-sized tennis court, a floating office, PRICELESS art work and can carry 35 crew members... as billionaire is indicted in the US

  • Tottenham owner Joe Lewis has been indicted in the US for insider trading 
  • The billionaire spends most of the year on board his luxurious superyacht, Aviva 
  • His vessel, worth £113million, holds a large tennis court and numerous amenities 

By Daniel Davis For Mailonline

Published: 11:15 EDT, 26 July 2023 | Updated: 13:57 EDT, 26 July 2023

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Tottenham owner Joe Lewis is seldom seen at Spurs matches, instead preferring to enjoy a life of luxury floating through the Caribbean on his luxury yacht.

Lewis, a self-made billionaire from the East End of London, is a reclusive businessman who resides primarily in the Bahamas aboard his £113m boat, Aviva.

According to the Forbes Rich List, he holds an estimated fortune of £4.3bn, allowing him to make full use of his riches and invest in a number of flashy amenities. 

One of these, his superyacht, is believed to be his home for most of the year and has been referred to as his private office. 

When he is not working, Lewis is able to use a full-sized tennis court below decks, as well as a pool, gym and a spacious sundeck.

Yesterday, however, the reclusive 86-year-old was thrust into the spotlight in the US after being indicted for 'brazen' insider trading . Federal prosecutors have alleged that he had passed on inside information 'to compensate employees'.

Joe Lewis' incredible £113million superyacht is one of his most treasured possessions

Joe Lewis' incredible £113million superyacht is one of his most treasured possessions 

The incredible yacht features ultra-modern design and sleek interiors throughout

The incredible yacht features ultra-modern design and sleek interiors throughout

The rear view of the boat displays its enormity spread over five above-water floors

The rear view of the boat displays its enormity spread over five above-water floors

There are workout facilities on board and also a tennis court on the inside

There are workout facilities on board and also a tennis court on the inside 

Tottenham's British billionaire owner Lewis has been indicted in the United States

Tottenham's British billionaire owner Lewis has been indicted in the United States

Lewis, founder of investment firm The Tavistock Group, faces more than a dozen charges, though his lawyers have said they plan to defend him 'vigorously' and he has handed himself in to the authorities in Manhatten.

The next steps of the unfolding legal bombshell are uncertain, but at least for now, Lewis or his associates are expected to continue making use of his seaworthy haven.

Aviva, crafted by Abeking and Rasmussen and designed by Reymond Langton, was built in 2007 and is 323ft in size. It can host up to 16 people and 35 crew members, and in sea trials reached an impressive 20 knots (23mph). 

The standout feature is the state-of-the-art tennis court, located in the lower deck. The room is 20 metres long and the yacht was effectively designed around it. 

Elsewhere, the owner's suite on the upper deck features an office, private lounge and a large en-suite bathroom.  The remaining guest cabins, made up of two VIP suites and five more double cabins, are also completed with en suite facilities.

Lewis' yacht also contains a beach club, a gym, a swimming pool and a spa, with an elevator making for easy access to each of the decks. 

Furthermore, there is thought to be a 'secret' cinema on board and tucked out of sight, as well as a piano and large salon with sprawling windows and balconies. 

The behemoth serves effectively as a floating office for the 86-year-old Lewis

The behemoth serves effectively as a floating office for the 86-year-old Lewis

The panoramic view from the control room offers the captain a full range of vision

The panoramic view from the control room offers the captain a full range of vision

Lewis is seen here in his younger years while moored at Fife in Scotland

Lewis is seen here in his younger years while moored at Fife in Scotland 

There is intense security on board and with good reason, with plenty of art to protect

There is intense security on board and with good reason, with plenty of art to protect

The boat carries part of Lewis' sizeable art collection, made of genuine originals, too.

It  is understood to have a priceless work by British painter Francis Bacon on a wall on its lower deck. And his collection also includes works by Degas, Lucian Freud, Klimt, Modigliani, Matisse and Picasso. 

Aviva is made from steel and an aluminium superstructure, with the yacht powered by twin diesel-electric engines with an output of 3,862 horsepower. 

Once spotted moored on the Thames, Aviva has been refitted twice since launch.

In May 2013, Spurs' players embarked on a trip to the Bahamas and were welcomed on board the sleek vessel, leaving Michael Dawson, their former captain, stunned.

'I had never met him before, so it was nice to go over there and a great experience,' Dawson said, reflecting on his experience on Aviva.

'What a really nice guy. And that yacht is unreal! But he's just a normal guy.

'You could chat to him about anything. He tunes into all the games, he loves it.

'We just sat there chatting. He made us feel so welcome over there. It was relaxed. A lot of team-bonding together.'

On Lewis' indictment, a statement from Tottenham read: 'This is a legal matter unconnected with the club and as such we have no comment.'

In a dramatic statement delivered by video, US Attorney Damian Williams said: 'My office, the Southern District of New York has indicted Joe Lewis, the British billionaire, for orchestrating a brazen insider trading scheme.

Aviva was crafted by Abeking and Rasmussen and designed by Reymond Langton

Aviva was crafted by Abeking and Rasmussen and designed by Reymond Langton

Tottenham players have been on board previously when Lewis decides to entertain

Tottenham players have been on board previously when Lewis decides to entertain

Aviva was effectively built around the state of the art tennis court on board

Aviva was effectively built around the state of the art tennis court on board

There are myriad options for anyone on board to relax, including by the rear of the yacht

There are myriad options for anyone on board to relax, including by the rear of the yacht

There is a beach club, swimming pool and spa on board the Aviva, worth more than £113m

There is a beach club, swimming pool and spa on board the Aviva, worth more than £113m

The yacht is vast and can reach speeds of up to 23mph in full flight if required

The yacht is vast and can reach speeds of up to 23mph in full flight if required

'We allege that for years Joe Lewis abused his access to corporate boardrooms and repeatedly provided inside information to his romantic partners, his personal assistants, his private pilots and his friends.

'Those folks then traded on that inside information and made millions of dollars on the stock market because - thanks to Lewis - those bets were a sure thing.'

Williams then added: 'Now, none of this was necessary. Joe Lewis is a wealthy man. But as we allege he used inside information as a way to compensate his employees or shower gifts on his friends and lovers. It is classic corporate corruption. 

'It's cheating and it's against the law. That's why Joe Lewis has been indicted and will face justice here in the Southern District of New York.'

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Brought by the U.S. government, the suit alleges that Lewis used his connections to gain access to sensitive intel. He then shared that info with his employees, friends, and lovers so they could benefit financially. At a hearing on Wednesday, Lewis pleaded not guilty; his lawyers didn’t respond to Bloomberg’s request for comment on Thursday.

In one example of such alleged activities, Lewis learned that the oncology company Mirati Therapeutics—in which he owned a stake—had received positive results for a cancer drug. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission complaint, that info was shared over Aviva ’s dining table. Lewis then told several associates to buy stock in the company, and when those shares rose following the public reveal of the cancer-drug results, Lewis’s friends and employees sold their shares for a handsome profit.

With a current net worth of $6.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Lewis was able to snap up Aviva in 2017. At the time, it was one of the 25 most valuable superyachts in the world , and the 51 st largest yacht. Since Lewis was charged this week, the vessel has left the Bahamas, and early Thursday it was heading away from the U.S. toward Bermuda, according to vessel data cited by Bloomberg.

For his part, Lewis can no longer board the superyacht: He used the ship and his private jet as collateral for a $300 million bail package on Wednesday. So it’s bon voyage to Aviva for now.

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Joe Lewis isn’t afraid of risk. That’s one thing his Lake Nona investment makes clear–as does a tour of his 250-foot yacht, Aviva , while it was docked at Albany, his ultraluxe residential and golf development in Nassau, Bahamas. (Tiger Woods is a partner.)

I quickly realized that Lewis could probably fund Lake Nona forever simply by selling the art housed on this floating museum. He’s a top collector of modern and contemporary art, and I came nose to nose with a Picasso, a Klimt, a Lucian Freud, a Cézanne, a Chagall, and a Modigliani. I couldn’t help wondering what a freak wave would do to the global art market–and what his insurance bill looks like. The collection will soon have a new home: Lewis is building a larger (300-foot) boat, which will feature a court for his passion, padel tennis (a mix of squash and tennis).

Lewis himself is surprisingly approachable. A slight but fit 78-year-old with a bit of a Cockney accent, he showed me around with a schoolboy’s pride. In addition to the art, the yacht, decorated in royal reds and golds, boasts a starkly modern office, complete with a Bloomberg terminal and multiple trading screens. Lewis trades here every day. He says he tends to bet on liquid currencies such as the pound or the yen. In April he told me that the euro was too high and that the dollar would stay strong for a while. “Being a trader means that you are wrong at the very least three times out of 10,” he says, “and that is very hard.” At this point in his life, Lewis says he doesn’t want to do anything that’s not worth it. Lake Nona, he says, is iconic–and that’s what makes him happiest. “We’re not good at mediocrity,” he says.

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The 98.4m superyacht Aviva was built for British businessman Joe Lewis who owns Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Aviva: Inside the 98.4m Abeking & Rasmussen flagship yacht

The owner of Aviva challenged his design team to build a yacht around a padel tennis court — and 98m, 4,966GT and a mere three years later, she was launched.

She’s big — let’s get that out of the way. At 98.4 metres,  Aviva  became the 46th longest yacht in the world when she was delivered by  Abeking & Rasmussen  in 2017, and there are very few boats of her length that can match her for volume.

Her 17.24 metre beam is so generous that the designers pulled in the bridge deck superstructure to add side decks — improving crew circulation and refining the profile — because “we just didn’t need that much beam”.

They were right: spaces on board are magnificently expansive, from guest suites the size of the master suite on a 50 metre to an owner’s wardrobe that is, designer Andrew Langton notes quite seriously, “bigger than my house in France”. The fact that scale sits fairly low down on the list of Aviva ’s extraordinary features speaks to the imagination and belief-beggaring ambition of this project.

Aviva is the third yacht of her name delivered to owner Joe Lewis, British businessman and major shareholder in Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. The first, a 62 metre Winch design, was built at Feadship in the Netherlands; the second, a 68 metre Reymond Langton design , at Abeking & Rasmussen on the banks of the Weser river in Lemwerder, near Bremen.

For his grandest project yet Lewis returned to Abeking. “They were, surprisingly, much less conservative than other people. Maybe it’s because of the military stuff they do,” says Toby Silverton, head of design on the project, working with Reymond Langton, and who was also involved in Lewis’s two previous projects.

The yard’s biggest project had been 82.48 metre Secret and to take on Aviva it extended its build shed to accommodate yachts of up to 125 metres — a bold move into a larger size category. And its courage didn’t end there.

“Build a big yacht around a padel tennis court was the main brief, I guess,” says the yard’s project manager Andreas Hering, with admirable understatement. “In three years.”

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A project of this size might easily take five years, even if the yard already had a shed big enough for the purpose. And this was a highly unusual project. Design was accelerated too: the complex interior was penned in six months, when they would have liked a year; and the exterior in just one month, when it might more comfortably have taken six.

Knowing that makes Aviva ’s elegant profile even more impressive. “There was a lot of work to [visually] break up the mass, using facets,” says Langton. “We also tried to keep the lines long, so the sheer line is very long and jumps up forward with a clean line.”

They also minimised the details that act as size references, to disguise the scale. Rub rails are eliminated, stanchions replaced with glass, crew quarters windows are grouped to create long lines of glazing and even the anchor pocket has been elongated and disguised, lest a little square of gleaming stainless gives the game away.

Some upright elements of the silver superstructure were also picked out in a darker shade. “They disappear a bit, which makes the slope of the boat more raked,” says Langton.

The long bow adds to the effect, but the aesthetic is the beneficiary of a practical decision: this boat will roam far and the long covered bow makes it likely to survive the kind of rogue waves that have battered a few cruise ships over the years.

“I talked to the captain of the QE2 who went through a wave, and what happens is all the wheelhouse windows smash, they had four foot of water, you then lose all your instruments and they had no ability to control the boat, communicate or navigate,” says Silverton.

To strengthen Aviva he added extra watertight doors and armoured the two forward VIP cabins and superyacht wheelhouse so that they could be sealed off to save the boat. “You can lose everything on the bridge and you can still navigate and control the boat from the engine room,” he says.

Apart from safety, the main aim of the naval architecture was stability. Before the build of Lewis’s second Aviva , Silverton had been frustrated by a lack of data on how rolling motion affects passengers, so he put 36 people in a motion simulator for three days.

“There’s two things: one is the period of roll and the second is the way it rolls,” he says. “The typical roll period of the 62 metre would be around 7.5-7.8 seconds, one of two roll periods people were particularly upset by. And we found that if it was a soft stop and then a soft movement away again, people were much more tolerant of it.”

The design of the second boat addressed those concerns and the new Aviva ’s hull — patent pending — is an evolution of that. It has a nipped in “waist” which bulges back out below the waterline. This both slows and softens the roll. Her near-vertical bow and narrow sailing boat-like stern (which helps reduce pitching) also aid efficiency.

So much so that they were able to go down two engine sizes from the original spec (she has two MTU 16V4000 M73Ls, which put out 2,880kW each) and still hit 20.3 knots in sea trials. Silverton notes that she runs most comfortably at a zippy 16.5 knots, despite an official cruising speed of 14 knots.

Supplementary electric motors offer smooth manoeuvring and silent 11 knot running at night, while extra solidity comes from MAGLift stabilisers aft and one pair of fin stabilisers forward.

But it is the padel tennis court that lies literally and metaphorically at the heart of this project. This high intensity squash-tennis hybrid is a daily routine for Lewis and his explorations with his previous yachts had been limited to destinations with courts.

“The original idea I had was to put it on the aft end main deck and have folding panels and sliding walls,” says Langton. “It never even entered my head to put it inside, because it’s so big.”

Not only would putting the court at the back have made for a profile that Langton likens to a pick-up truck, but Silverton notes that the court would not have been playable at main-deck level. “You’re way above the roll centre, so it’s moving sideways – humans can’t cope with sideways movement of the ground,” says Silverton. “So we looked at putting it as low down as possible.”

Achieving such a large area in that position was an engineering feat but the results are spectacular. Its dimensions short-circuit spatial understanding — it seems impossible that this towering 6.65 metre tall space could be accommodated in Aviva ’s profile.

But it is, and it functions beautifully. “We’re running along at 19 knots, white horses everywhere, and they’re downstairs playing padel having no idea that there’s any sea at all,” says Silverton.

This sort of intelligent ambition has transformed every space on board into something special. “The owner has been in many businesses – hospitality, hotels – so he really understands how spaces work,” says Silverton.

Apart from strategically placed pantries and concealed crew entrances, there are three massive dumb waiters, a lower deck entrance for loading supplies, a dedicated crew galley and much more. The final GA was version 57.

On the more glamorous side of this equation, the upper saloon is a highly functional family room that’s comfortable, bright and airy. The sofas are extra squashy, and there’s a games table as well as a sculptural Bogányi piano.

The head height is 2.6 metres and nine metres of openable full-height windows run along each side of the room – with balconies. Rather than the usual glass, doors to the aft deck are leather clad, making the room feel more private. In fine weather, with those doors open, glass panels slide out to surround the aft deck dining area, creating one long, protected inside/outside space.

Designing such a huge area without pillars for support was a challenge and the corners are, says Hering, packed with extra structure. “Also, in the ceiling, all the girders are very thick because the unsupported length is just enormous.”

In contrast to this space, the main saloon below is a glamorous introduction to Aviva , up the sweeping superyacht staircase from the swim platform and inside to take in starry pieces from the owner’s art collection from a round of sunken seating. Adding a dash of intrigue there’s a secret cinema forward of the space, behind a hidden door.

The master suite is in the nose of the main deck rather than higher up, for extra stability. It stretches from a full-beam cabin to a massive bathroom centred with a monolithic Corian bathtub (there’s a spa just aft of the cabin for even more serious pampering), to a wardrobe-cum-dressing room of spectacular scale and glamour, inspired by Chanel boutiques.

But while some spaces are grand in scale, others are decidedly intimate. Rather than a dining saloon, there are two art-filled “bistros” on board for cosy meals, and many other small dining areas elsewhere. The owner’s bridge deck office is also modestly proportioned, with a conference room next door for larger meetings.

In terms of interior style, the owner’s brief was for something revolutionary. “He didn’t want anything to be symmetrical, it had to be curvy or organic,” says Langton. “He wanted it to be very different. No wood, nothing traditional.”

From the furniture and fittings to walls and overheads, there is barely a straight line on this boat. That was no mean feat for Abeking & Rasmussen’s outfitter Rodiek, which, as well as building most of the yacht’s bespoke furniture in organic forms, produced undulating wall panels from high density CNC-milled foam. “Five or ten years ago this was only used to do models or moulds for the car industry. It is very expensive,” says Langton.

It is, however, perfect for creating curves. “For this boat we decided to use a lot of new materials, even for the base materials, because of the big curved ceiling spaces,” says Hilmar Westermeyer, COO of Rodiek, who had to buy a new CNC milling machine for the project. Rodiek works only for Abeking & Rasmussen (and vice versa) in a symbiotic relationship.

In terms of the interior styling, the ethos was love it or lose it — at least visually. “This door disappears when it is closed and becomes part of the wall,” says Langton in one of the forward VIPs, swinging it to the latch, where its undulations perfectly meet those on the wall. “You either make a door a feature, make it beautiful, or you make it disappear.” The same goes for handles: those on wardrobes are invisible, but ones used on cabin doors are gnarled and textural, incorporated into a cracked bronze plate “like desert clay”.

“Because we’ve not used any wood, basically the whole interior is a mixture of leather and lacquer, it’s really almost tailored.” Take the artfully stitched cream leather of window frames, or the iridescent shot silk that runs down the broad main deck corridor, printed with a bespoke cartographical motif.

A neutral palette is enriched with precious materials: sunset-toned onyx, vanilla marble, shagreen, shimmering leathers. There are glossy panels dripping with resin and acrylic by Alex Turco in the lobby, and panels of velvet mottled with gold, by Sabina Fay Braxton, above guest beds. Staircases are works of art; one with floating treads like turbine blades, another a leather and glass form that spirals up from the floor.

This interior — where, as Langton puts it, almost every surface has “richness and form” – melts into the deck spaces via visual tricks: organic patterns in the Esthec decking that continue in the interior carpets; or the bar that is half in the main saloon and half on the aft deck, a mirror image joining the two spaces.

The superyacht sundeck is the exterior equivalent of the upper saloon — a comfortable family lounge. This massive space, with sunshine yellow upholstery, runs from a shaded central area for dining, with a projector for movie nights, to an aft sunbathing area with sunpads (with a wedge shape to sit as well as lie) and another forward around a spa pool, set low against a glass windbreak for spectacular views.

This forward end is a cosy space like so many on board. It’s that understanding of usable, enjoyable spaces, of human scale, human comfort and passions that makes Aviva a truly grand design. Those 98 metres just help pack it all on board.

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Joe Lewis charged with insider trading – but what does it mean for Tottenham Hotspur?

Editor’s note: This article has been amended following a complaint from Tottenham Hotspur and further clarification about Joe Lewis ’s legal position post-publication.

It was shortly after 6am in Singapore, where Tottenham Hotspur’s power brokers are gathered for the club’s pre-season tour, that the news broke.

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It wasn’t about Harry Kane or the club’s search for a centre-back, it was far more serious.

Joe Lewis — who founded ENIC Sports Inc, the company which owns the vast majority of shares in Spurs — had been indicted for “orchestrating a brazen insider trading scheme” . This involved passing information to “romantic partners and his private pilots,” according to the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams.

Lewis’ lawyer David M. Zornow said in a statement to Bloomberg on Wednesday: “The government has made an egregious error in judgment in charging Mr. Lewis, an 86-year-old man of impeccable integrity and prodigious accomplishment.

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“Mr. Lewis has come to the U.S. voluntarily to answer these ill-conceived charges, and we will defend him vigorously in court.”

Later on Wednesday, Lewis pleaded not guilty to U.S. Magistrate Judge Valerie Figueredo in Manhattan federal court with his bail set at $300million, which was secured against his yacht and aircraft.

The claims in the 29-page indictment read like the plot of a television drama, involving companies with interests as diverse as Australian cattle farming and genetic diseases, glamorous locations around the world, and a 98-metre superyacht.

One woman, referred to as “the Girlfriend”, is alleged to have made $849,000 (now £657,000) after a tip-off from Lewis about buying stock while they were staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul, South Korea, in 2019.

She was named on Wednesday as Carolyn W. Carter, 33, “a U.S. citizen who resides in the U.S. Virgin Islands”. “Carter and Lewis were in a romantic relationship from approximately 2013 to 2020,” according to a court document.

Lewis’ personal pilots — named as Patrick J. O’Connor, 66, and Bryan L. Waugh (also known as Marty Waugh), 64 — have also been charged with seven counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy.

On one occasion, it is claimed O’Connor — referred to as “Pilot-1” in the indictment — texted a friend to say: “Boss is helping us out and told us to get ASAP”, referring to buying stock in an oncology company called Mirati Therapeutics. Lewis, it is claimed, then transferred the pilots $500,000 each to do just that.

Another time, the indictment says O’Connor did not receive the tip early enough to sell before his stock fell. “Just wish the Boss would have given us a little earlier heads up,” he wrote in an email to his stockbroker.

Even by Spurs’ standards, a club whose managing director of football was banned from all football activities earlier this year (later partially reduced on appeal), this is a hugely significant development.

On a tour that’s already been clouded by the Kane transfer saga, postponed matches and opponents pulling out, Tottenham are now dealing with the fallout of one of the most high-profile figures associated with the club facing a number of extremely serious charges.

Here, The Athletic breaks down what these developments mean for Lewis, Spurs, chairman Daniel Levy and a potential sale of the club.

What does the indictment say?

A 29-page document, United States of America v Joseph Lewis, sets out the reasons for charging Lewis, an 86-year-old “billionaire businessman and investor”.

There are 13 counts of securities fraud, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; three counts of securities fraud (each a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison); and three counts of conspiracy (each a maximum sentence of five years in prison).

The U.S. government alleges that between 2013 and 2021, Lewis violated securities laws through inside trading and submitting false and misleading filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which enforces the law against market manipulation.

They accuse him of using inside information about companies in order to tip off friends and associates, including “his personal pilots, personal assistants, romantic partners”, so that they could profit from the information by trading securities in advance of disclosure to the public.

The indictment alleges that Lewis did this “as a way to give them compensation and gifts”, despite already being a billionaire, and that he “tipped his personal pilot and encouraged them to trade”. Lewis has a net worth of £5.096 billion, according to the 2023 Sunday Times Rich List.

The document says that “using the information stolen by Lewis”, he and his employees, romantic partners and friends were able to “collectively make millions of dollars by insider trading” in the stocks of four companies: Solid Biosciences, Mirati Therapeutics, Australian Agricultural Company, and BCTG Acquisition Corporation.

Lewis is also alleged to “conspired with others to defraud Mirati Therapeutics, the investing public, and the SEC” by “amassing beneficial ownership” of more than 20 per cent of the oncology company and “hiding” that “undisclosed ownership”.

The charges have been described as “ill-conceived” by Lewis’ lawyer.

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What else does the indictment tell us?

Lewis is a “significant shareholder” in Solid Biosciences (SLBD), a biotechnology firm that develops treatments for a genetic disease known as Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The indictment says Lewis was staying in the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul with “the Girlfriend” in July 2019. Before news of a clinical trial was made public, Lewis “tipped the Girlfriend and told her to purchase SLBD stock”, which it is said she did — logging into her brokerage account, checking her balance and then using “nearly all of her available funds to purchase 150,000 shares of SLBD for approximately $700,000”.

The next day, it is claimed, Lewis and the woman flew to Massachusetts on his private plane. During the flight, Lewis told his pilots — Pilot-1 and Pilot-2 — that he had purchased a large share of SLBD and “they should buy the stock as soon as possible”, which they eventually did.

In July 2019, SLBD’s share price increased by “approximately 34.4 per cent”. In August, the results of the clinical trial were released and the share price went up by another 23 per cent, and then an additional 43 per cent.

“The Girlfriend subsequently sold her SLDB shares for a profit of approximately $849,000, for a 118 per cent gain,” the indictment says. The pilots also sold their stock for profit.

In January and February 2019, flooding caused significant damage in Queensland, Australia. At the beginning of February, according to the indictment, Lewis began receiving updates about how it might impact the Australian Agricultural Company (AAC), which operates cattle farms and in which Lewis “beneficially owned a majority of stock”.

On or around February 10, before any information was public, Lewis is said to have called his pilots and told them to trade their AAC stock as soon as possible. They could not complete the transaction, however, before an announcement sent AAC’s stock price down by 12.3 per cent. “Just wish the Boss would have given us a little earlier heads up,” said Pilot-1 in an email to his stockbroker.

Here’s another case study: Mirati Therapeutics

The indictment cites the case of Mirati Therapeutics, a publicly listed company on the Nasdaq stock exchange that works on therapeutics for cancer treatment. Lewis is one of the company’s largest shareholders, and has a seat on the board, which is occupied by an employee of a hedge fund of which Lewis was the beneficial owner.

This employee shared information about Mirati with Lewis, including “information about clinical trials, the timing of corporate announcements, and planned presentations”. In 2019, Mirati was conducting a major clinical trial and Lewis received a confidential update (via the employee of his hedge fund) to say that the trials had gone positively. The employee shared this information with Lewis aboard his yacht — the “98-meter super yacht known as the Aviva” which “at times serves as Lewis’s primary residence” — which was docked in California.

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The indictment says the hedge fund employee and Lewis discussed how the company’s share price may rise from approximately $80 (now £62) per share to in excess of $100 per share. It says Lewis then called a woman, described in the indictment only as “the Girlfriend”, to provide her with material non-public information about Mirati and told her to purchase stock. She called her stockbroker the following morning, telling the broker “time is of the essence” and, after placing trades, she told Lewis, “All good and confirmed”.

One month later, Lewis received additional information about the timing of Mirati’s announcement of its clinical trial results. On October 10, 2019, two pilots flew Lewis from San Diego to the Bahamas, and Lewis “told the pilots to purchase as much Mirati stock as they could”. Both pilots acquired stock the day after they flew Lewis. One of the pilots, while communicating with the other on a messaging service, wrote: “All conversations on app is encrypted so all good. No one can ever see.”

Then, on October 15, 2019, Lewis wired $500,000 each to the pilots, which the indictment says was as a loan to purchase additional stock. One of the pilots sent a text to say he thought “the Boss has inside info” and “knows the outcome” because “otherwise why would he make us invest.” Lewis also told his executive assistant to purchase Mirati stock before the scheduled announcement of the clinical trial results, as well as three others friends, “including one with whom he was romantically involved and another with whom he sometimes played poker in Argentina”.

When Mirati’s share closed 16.7 per cent up from the previous day’s close on October 29, 2019, the two pilots, “the Girlfriend”, Lewis himself, and Lewis’s assistant and friends sold their shares of the profits for a profit. The pilots subsequently repaid their loans to Lewis, but without any interest charged.

Lewis ‘ceded official control’ of Spurs in October 2022, didn’t he?

Technically, yes. But, in reality, not a lot changed, and the noises coming out of Spurs at that time were that it was business as usual.

The club’s steer last year was that the decision was part of the restructuring of the Lewis Family Trusts, with one eye on the long-term future (Lewis turned 86 in February). The day-to-day running of the club would be unaffected and Spurs remained essentially Lewis’s club.

The Athletic’s report on the change at Companies House, the UK’s registrar of companies, described it like this: “The key point here is that Tottenham Hotspur is still essentially Joe Lewis’s club. ENIC Sports Inc. owns 85.56 per cent of the club’s shares. And, to quote from the club’s website, ‘a discretionary trust of which certain members of Mr J Lewis’s family are potential beneficiaries ultimately owns 70.12 per cent of the share capital of ENIC.'”

That was an uncontroversial and widely reported take at the time, with the headline: “ Tottenham Hotspur is still Joe Lewis’ club “. Unsurprisingly, the club’s tune has changed in the last 24 hours, with Tottenham now emphasising Lewis is no longer the “owner” of the club.

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In a statement later on Wednesday evening, a Tottenham spokesman said: “The owner of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is ENIC, with majority control held by a Family Discretionary Trust of which Mr Joseph Lewis is not a beneficiary.

“The Trust is managed by two independent professional trustees on behalf of its beneficiaries. Mr Lewis ceased to be a person with significant control of the Club, in October 2022.

“This is a US legal matter unconnected with the Club and as such have no comment.

“Certain members of Mr Joseph Lewis’s family are potential beneficiaries of a discretionary trust (“the Trust”) that ultimately owns 70.12% of the share capital of ENIC Sports Inc (“ENIC”). Of the total issued ordinary share capital of Tottenham Hotspur Limited (THL), ENIC owns 86.58%. ENIC also owns one THL convertible A share.

“Mr Joseph Lewis ceased to be a person with significant control of THL on 5th October 2022.”

But in layman’s terms, it is perhaps worth pointing out that the Lewis family trust effectively controls just over 60 per cent of the club’s shares (70.1 per cent of ENIC’s stake). The rest of ENIC’s shares are owned by Levy and his family via a similar set-up of discretionary trusts.

And, as The Athletic wrote in October, the close relationship between Lewis and Levy is still important at Tottenham. They have been working together for almost 30 years, ever since Lewis met Levy and made the younger man — still in his early thirties — his protegee and point man. Levy still tends to refer to the majority shareholder as ‘Mr Lewis’, even though it is Levy who is the public face of Tottenham.

When Lewis ceased to be a “person with significant control” at Companies House, he was replaced by Bryan Antoine Glinton, a Bahamian lawyer, understood to be one of the officers of the Lewis family trusts which owns the shares in Spurs, and Katie Louise Booth, a British solicitor based in the Bahamas who was said to have “managed the consolidation, preservation and succession of some of the world’s wealthiest entrepreneurs”.

Lewis’s attitude to who really controls the trusts that have been set up to hold his investments is another point made in the indictment.

In a section about the creation of an offshore trust that was set up in 2013, “purportedly for the benefit of his granddaughter”, to allegedly buy more shares than Lewis was personally allowed to own in a Canadian life sciences firm, the indictment notes: “Although Lewis was not the named beneficiary of the trust, he considered himself as the beneficial owner of the trusts.”

So, what does this mean for Tottenham Hotspur?

Tottenham Hotspur is not mentioned by name in the indictment; only that Lewis is the “principal owner of the Tavistock Group” and its investment portfolio includes “hundreds of companies, including in agriculture, sports, resort properties, and life sciences”.

At 7am UK time (around eight hours after the story broke), Spurs issued the following statement: “This is a legal matter unconnected with the club and as such we have no comment.”

Given Lewis’s long-standing relationship to the club, this raised some eyebrows. Lewis has been synonymous with Spurs since ENIC bought Alan Sugar’s 29.9 per cent stake for £22million (then around $32m) in December 2000.

A further Spurs statement followed at around 5pm UK time, with a club spokesman confirming: “This is a US legal matter unconnected with the Club and as such have no comment.”

What does this mean for a potential sale of the club?

In the short term, nothing good. Anyone who was thinking about doing business with Lewis is now thanking their lucky stars that they didn’t.

That said, anyone who was in serious talks with Lewis or any of his businesses should have learned about this potential obstacle to completion during their due diligence process.

And that may be why the recent rumours of interest in Spurs — and other leading European clubs — from American media and sports company Liberty Media appear to be stuck in the gravel trap.

Spun off from an American cable-TV business in 1991, Liberty Media entered the national conversation when they acquired Major League Baseball ’s Atlanta Braves in 2007. In the following years it would add satellite and online radio network SiriusXM and a stake in America’s biggest chain of bookshops, Barnes & Noble, to its large portfolio.

But Liberty Media became international news in 2016 when it bought F1 , the world’s biggest motorsport property. And it has done a phenomenally good job of running that business.

In a recent interview on a business podcast, Liberty Media’s chief executive Greg Maffei admitted it has been looking at English Premier League clubs. He did not name Spurs but several sources, who wish to remain anonymous to protect relationships, have told The Athletic that talks with the north London club went beyond the “pleased to meet you” stage.

This is hardly a surprise, as Lewis has been in “make me an offer” territory with Spurs for years. Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly and his business partner Jonathan Goldstein tried to buy the club a decade ago via their UK property business Cain Hoy.

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But Liberty Media’s relationship with Spurs goes beyond interested shopper and potential seller: they are already in business together. In February, it announced that it was building its first “in-stadium electric karting facility and London’s longest indoor track” below the club’s stadium.

So, Liberty Media and Spurs have been going round and round in circles for some time.

Could Liberty Media, or some other wealthy individual, company or group, finally see the chequered flag and buy Tottenham?

Of course, and while these revelations make that unlikely in the coming weeks and months, they could make it more likely in the medium-to-long term.

Lewis and his family are unlikely to need the money to put up a good legal defence but do they need the added scrutiny that a Premier League team brings? Might this be a good moment to cash in dad’s chips and do something else?

Once everyone has got over the shock of this week’s news, there will be no shortage of people thinking the answer to those questions is “no” and “yes”, which means it could be a good time to call Glinton and Booth and enquire about the football team they control.

And in the last 18 months alone, there have been rumours of bids from Singaporean internet tycoon Forrest Li and Paris Saint-Germain owner Qatar Sports Investments.

They never got off the grid either but someone will buy Spurs eventually. You cannot be “kind of” for sale for that long and never do the deal.

A Premier League club with a high-profile figure facing legal action. Haven’t I heard that before?

Many were asking on Wednesday how comparable this situation is with Roman Abramovich’s position after the former Chelsea owner was sanctioned by the UK government following Russia ’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. In that instance, the Russian oligarch’s UK assets were frozen and Chelsea had to operate under a special licence before the club was sold.

The Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test — the OADT, formerly known as the fit and proper persons’ test — means that any prospective owner, part-owner or club director must meet a number of requirements if they are to be allowed to perform one of those roles by a Premier League club, and this will be reviewed every year.

The threshold for what counts as “control” was lowered from 30 per cent to 25 per cent in March, and a number of disqualifying events were added — including potential disqualifications for individuals or companies under government sanctions or those under investigation for “conduct that would result in a ‘Disqualifying Event’ if proven”.

Tottenham, however, argue this does not apply to Lewis because he is no longer considered an owner or director under the Premier League test since he “ceded control”. “Mr Joseph Lewis ceased to be a person with significant control of Tottenham Hotspur Limited on 5th October 2022,” the club said.

In another potential parallel with the Chelsea situation, however, the freezing of assets is a possibility and would give the case a UK dimension.

The indictment makes it clear that the U.S. authorities will pursue “any and all property, real and personal, that constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to the commission of said offences”.

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If any of “forfeitable property” cannot be found because the defendant has somehow hidden it, given it to a third party, placed it beyond the court’s jurisdiction, it has lost value or has been mixed with other assets which cannot be easily divided, the U.S. will go after other property belonging to the defendant of the same value.

“Cases like that often come with an assets-restraint order that is enforceable in different jurisdictions because, as you can imagine, someone like that could have assets all over the world,” explains Evan Wright, a financial crime lawyer at JMW solicitors..

Given Lewis’s company ENIC owns the vast majority of Spurs, should any of the above happen that would have major ramifications for the club. Let alone the fact that he could face serious jail time.

What happens now?

Lewis pleaded not guilty to U.S. Magistrate Judge Valerie Figueredo in Manhattan federal court with his bail set at $300million, which was secured against his yacht and aircraft.

So there will now be a trial where the defence and prosecution will serve their evidence. In the UK this whole process could take two to three years to resolve, but in the US things are expected to move more quickly.

“It seems that he’s going to run a trial,” Wright says. “He’s certainly denying these matters. Whether they will reach a deal on some of the counts on the indictment, I don’t know because some evidence may be stronger than others. They may well cut a deal, which you can’t do in this country.

“There are counts on the indictment that justify a 20-year prison sentence. Some justify a five-year one, and if he, for example, made some admission of liability with respect of some of the minor charges it may be he doesn’t go to prison at all and therefore his position is much better in respect of continuing in the businesses he’s still in.”

What else do we know about Joe Lewis?

Lewis, born above a pub in east London in 1937, is a self-made billionaire.

He left school at 15 to work for his father’s catering company and quickly displayed a flair for making money.

He made his early fortune from the Beefeater pub chain, before earning serious money from playing currency and futures markets.

He set up the Tavistock Group, which now has more than 200 assets across 15 countries. One of Tavistock’s assets is the investment firm ENIC.

In 2001, ENIC bought a controlling stake in Tottenham. Lewis entrusted Levy with the day-to-day running of the club, and has always been extremely detached.

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He attends Tottenham games very rarely (on average less than one per season) and usually for specific reasons, such as the first game at the new stadium or the 2019 Champions League final. His last match was Tottenham’s home win over West Ham last March.

He is understood to watch matches from the big screens on his 98.4-metre yacht Aviva III, where he has his own trading desk, surrounded by his billion-pound art collection. His collection is said to include work from Picasso, Matisse and Freud.

Yacht-tracking data from the website Vessel Tracking reports the Aviva is currently in Italy where it appears to be docked at Porto Ercole in Tuscany.

Over the last few months it has been cruising around the Mediterranean, docking at Malaga in Spain, Gibraltar and Malta before spending the last two months along the Italian coast.

Lewis spends most of his time in the Bahamas, home of his 600-acre Albany resort. It is, according to Lewis’ company’s website, jointly owned with Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Justin Timberlake. He also owns huge amounts of land in places like Orlando, Florida and Argentina.

Additional reporting: Adam Crafton

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British billionaire Joe Lewis gets no prison time at sentencing for insider trading

As of february, lewis had $6.2 billion, private planes and a $250 million yacht.

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NEW YORK (AP) — British billionaire Joe Lewis , whose family trust owns the Tottenham Hotspur soccer club, will not spend any time in prison after pleading guilty to insider trading and conspiracy charges in New York, a federal judge said Thursday.

Judge G.L. Clarke cited Lewis' decision to promptly come to the United States to face charges and his failing health, along with a lifetime of good works, in ruling that Lewis will face three years on probation and a $5 million fine rather than time behind bars.

BRITISH BILLIONAIRE JOE LEWIS PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO INSIDER TRADING IN NYC COURT APPEARANCE

Lewis, 87, was wearing an eye patch and one of his hands shook steadily throughout the one-hour proceeding in a federal court in Manhattan. He has remained in the United States since last July.

Joe Lewis arrives Manhattan Federal court for his sentencing, Thursday, April. 4, 2024, in New York. Lewis pleaded guilty in January to insider trading and conspiracy charges, saying his crimes had left him feeling embarrassed. Lewis’ family trust owns the Tottenham Hotspur soccer club.  (AP Photo/Jeenah Moon)

Before he was sentenced, Lewis spoke briefly, saying he learned growing up in England during World War II how "precious" life is and decided to devote much of his life to finding a cure for "horrendous diseases."

"Your honor, I’m here today because I made a terrible mistake. I’m ashamed," he said.

Lewis said he hoped "to make amends and to rebuild the trust that I have squandered" for the remainder of his life.

U.S. sentencing guidelines had called for Lewis, a citizen of the United Kingdom and resident of the Bahamas , to serve 18 months to two years behind bars. Even prosecutors, though, agreed time behind bars was not necessary.

At his January plea, Lewis admitted that he agreed in 2019 to share secrets about publicly traded companies with several individuals. Prosecutors said afterward that his company, Broad Bay Limited, and Lewis would pay $50 million in financial penalties, the largest such penalty for insider trading in a decade.

His lawyer said Thursday that the money was in escrow and ready to be paid and plans were for him to leave the United States for the Bahamas on Thursday night.

Prosecutors wrote in their presentence submission that Lewis deserved leniency because he is older and "battles significant health issues" that would cause a term of imprisonment to be more difficult for him than others.

They cited his acceptance of responsibility that he demonstrated by voluntarily surrendering rather than forcing a drawn-out extradition battle, and said that he'd "otherwise lived a law-abiding life."

The government also noted that Lewis is recognized as one of the 500 richest people in the world with approximately $6.2 billion as of February, including homes in several countries; a $250 million yacht; private planes valued at $90 million and an art collection worth $100 million.

When she announced the sentence, the judge said: "It is clear to me that Mr. Lewis’s life would be at serious risk if he were to be incarcerated."

Defense attorneys said in their presentence submission that Lewis "is nearing the end of life in declining health."

They said Lewis was aware that his conviction meant he can't return to the United States to see his children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren, who all live in the U.S.

From the start, Lewis was no ordinary defendant. After his arrest less than a year ago, he had been free on $300 million bail after putting up a yacht and private plane as collateral.

In court papers, prosecutors said Lewis learned secrets about public companies after making large investments. They said that on at least four occasions, he tipped off his girlfriend, personal pilots, employees and friends, enabling them to profit from the secrets.

"This insider trading was not the result of aberrant, one-time conduct, but rather, a troubling pattern of misconduct over the course of several years," they wrote.

Prosecutors said the insider activity might have resulted from "hubris, ego, a desire to make a financial gift without parting with his own money, an irrational form of greed, or some other reason."

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But, regardless, "it is clear that Lewis believed he was above the law — that he had achieved a level of wealth and stature that relieved him from having to operate by the same rules that apply to everyday investors," prosecutors said.

As he left the courthouse, Lewis was surrounded by aides who blocked members of the media from seeing him as he walked a short distance to a waiting vehicle.

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That’s a boatload of money.

British Billionaire and Tottenham Hotspur soccer club owner Joe Lewis is putting up his superyacht and private plane to secure a $300 million bond so he can walk free after he was arrested on insider trading charges .

Lewis, 86, surrendered to federal authorities in New York on Wednesday morning on charges he gave inside information to a slew of people in his life — including romantic partners, friends, personal assistants and even private pilots — who made millions by using his tips on the stock market.

Lewis later appeared in Manhattan federal court wearing a grey suit, white shirt and black tie and told the judge he pleaded “not guilty.”

He was released on a $300 million bond that will be secured by his yacht, called “AVIVA,” and his personal plane.

AVIVA is a $250 million superyacht that was built in 2017 and is one of the largest yachts in the world at 322 feet in length, according to Yachtbible.com .

Joe Lewis.

Lewis must keep the FBI abreast of the movements of his yacht, and he is only allowed to use his plane to travel to court appearances, according to the agreed-upon bail conditions.

The soccer club owner — who is worth $6.1 billion, according to Forbes — cannot go abroad and his US travel is limited to parts of New York and Florida.

Lewis, who founded the investment firm Tavistock Group, was hit with a 19-count indictment on charges of securities fraud and conspiracy.

Aviva yacht.

The feds say that from 2019 through 2021 Lewis shared confidential intel about companies including Mirati Therapeutics, Solid Biosciences and Australian Agricultural Co.

He also allegedly conspired to defraud Mirati, the US Securities and Exchange Commission and investors from 2013 through 2018 by hiding his over 20% stake in Mirati — a cancer therapy company, according to the indictment.

The billionaire then lent his own money so that people could invest the cash based on his tips — including in October 2019 when Lewis wired $1 million to two pilots so they could buy shares of Mirati, prosecutors claim.

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“Boss lent Marty and I $500,000 each for this,” the indictment alleges one of the pilots said in a text to a friend.

The aviator went on to say, “the Boss has inside info” because “otherwise why would he make us invest,” the court papers allege.

The two pilots paid the money back after the stock spiked by 16.7% when Mirati announced a successful clinical trial, prosecutors claim.

“The government has made an egregious error in judgment in charging Mr. Lewis, an 86-year-old man of impeccable integrity and prodigious accomplishment,” defense attorney David Zornow said in a statement Wednesday.

“Mr. Lewis has come to the US voluntarily to answer these ill-conceived charges, and we will defend him vigorously in court.”

The pilots, Patrick O’Connor and Bryan Waugh, were also charged in the case. They pleaded not guilty at the Wednesday arraignment and were each released on a $250,000 bond.

Attorneys for Waugh didn’t return requests for comment Wednesday. O’Connor’s lawyers declined to comment.

Lewis is due back in court on Sept. 5.

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British Billionaire Joe Lewis Pleads Not Guilty to US Insider Trading Charges

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British billionaire and Tottenham Hotspur owner Joe Lewis exits the United States Courthouse in Manhattan, following his appearance on insider trading charges, in New York City, U.S., July 26, 2023. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky

By Luc Cohen, Jonathan Stempel and Jody Godoy

NEW YORK (Reuters) -The British billionaire Joe Lewis pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to orchestrating what prosecutors called a "brazen" insider trading scheme by passing tips about companies in which he invested to friends, private pilots and a former girlfriend.

Lewis, 86, whose family trust controls a majority of the Tottenham Hotspur soccer team, entered his plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Valerie Figueredo in Manhattan federal court.

Prosecutor Nicolas Roos says Lewis would be released on $300 million bond secured by his yacht, named the Aviva, and private aircraft.

Two of Lewis' pilots, Patrick O'Connor and Bryan Waugh, also pleaded not guilty to related insider trading charges, after being accused of making millions of dollars in illegal profit from Lewis' tips. Their bail was set at $250,000 each.

Lewis founded the investment firm Tavistock Group, and is worth $6.1 billion according to Forbes magazine. He wore a gray suit to his arraignment, and was not handcuffed.

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David Zornow, his lawyer, said in a statement that prosecutors made an "egregious error" in bringing charges, and said his client had traveled to the United States voluntarily to defend himself against the charges.

Lawyers for O'Connor, 66, and Waugh, 64, declined to comment after the hearing.

A spokesperson for Tottenham said in a statement: "This is a legal matter unconnected with the club and as such we have no comment."

Prosecutors said that in 2019 Lewis lent each pilot $500,000 and encouraged them to buy stock in oncology company Mirati Therapeutics before it released favorable clinical results.

O'Connor texted a friend that he thought "the Boss has inside info," according to the indictment.

After Mirati announced the positive results, its share price increased 16.7% in one day, and both pilots repaid Lewis for his loans.

In wiring Lewis the repayment, Waugh indicated the money was a "loan payback for MRTX."

Mirati did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

'NONE OF THIS WAS NECESSARY'

Lewis was charged with 16 counts of securities fraud and three counts of conspiracy, for alleged crimes spanning from 2013 to 2021, and could theoretically face decades in prison.

Prosecutors said Lewis controlled board of director seats at several companies and deputized employees to serve on boards, which gave him access to inside information that he then passed to others.

"None of this was necessary," Damian Williams, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, said in a statement. "Joe Lewis is a wealthy man."

Insider trading has long been a focus of Williams' office, dating to 2009 when a crackdown began under one of his predecessors, Preet Bharara.

O'Connor and Waugh, who are residents of New York and Virginia, respectively, each face seven counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy.

Separately on Wednesday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil insider trading case against Lewis, O'Connor, Waugh and Lewis' former girlfriend Carolyn Carter.

The SEC said Lewis learned in July 2019 that a biotechnology company in which he had invested would raise capital through a private investment in public equity, a transaction that tends to raise a company's share price.

Despite being bound by a confidentiality agreement, Lewis allegedly told Carter, 33, about the transaction in a luxury hotel room in South Korea, where they were staying.

Carter then bought $701,000 of stock in the company, which the SEC did not name, and earned about $172,000 in profit after news of the private placement caused the stock price to soar.

A lawyer for Carter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Carter is not facing criminal charges.

"When insiders like Lewis take advantage of their access ... it erodes public trust and confidence in the fair and efficient operation of our markets," Gurbir Grewal, director of the SEC's enforcement division, said in a statement.

(Reporting by Luc Cohen, Jonathan Stempel and Jody Godoy in New York; Additional reporting by Chris Prentice in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Daniel Wallis)

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Multibillionaire Joe Lewis to face US sentencing for insider trading

By Jody Godoy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - British multibillionaire Joe Lewis is scheduled to face sentencing in a U.S. court on Thursday for illegally sharing stock tips he gleaned through his investments.

Federal sentencing guidelines call for a prison sentence of up to two years, but prosecutors in Manhattan and his attorneys have urged leniency for the 87-year-old, given the investment firm founder's health and his admission of guilt in January.

The guidelines do not bind U.S. District Judge Jessica Clarke, who will hand down a sentence based on a range of factors including Lewis' personal history, the seriousness of the crime and the need to deter others.

Prosecutors said the Tavistock Group founder, whose family trust controls a majority of London's Tottenham Hotspur soccer team, passed inside information on his portfolio companies to two of his private pilots as well as friends, personal assistants and romantic partners. Those tips enabled the recipients of the information to reap millions of dollars in profit, according to prosecutors.

Lewis in January entered a plea deal with prosecutors agreeing to a $50 million fine of his Bahamas company, Broad Bay.

He has also agreed to resign board seats he holds at U.S. companies and relinquish his majority ownership of Boxer Capital, the biotech-focused fund where prosecutors say he got tips.

In a letter to the court, Lewis apologized for his actions, saying they were spurred by hubris and childish exuberance and resulted in a devastating and self-inflicted humiliation.

The London native, who now lives in the Bahamas, traveled to the New York to face the charges immediately after learning of his indictment, his attorneys said in court papers. Lewis has since remained in the country, posting $300 million bail secured by his yacht, the Aviva, and a private aircraft.

His decision not to fight extradition, coupled with his significant health issues, led prosecutors to recommend leniency for Lewis, whose doctors have said a prison sentence could be lethal.

Lewis is worth $6.2 billion, according to Forbes magazine.

Prosecutors have said he collected inside information about four companies in which he had invested, and tipped friends and associates between 2019 and 2021.

According to prosecutors, the companies included cancer therapy developer Mirati Therapeutics and BCTG Acquisition, a blank-check company that Boxer Capital sponsored and which took biotech company Tango Therapeutics public in a merger in 2021.

Two of Lewis' pilots were also accused in the case of making millions of dollars in illegal profits from Lewis' tips.

One of them, Patrick O'Connor, has pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced in May.

The second pilot, Bryan Waugh, has denied wrongdoing and said the charges should be dismissed because he is only accused of trading on stock recommendations, not inside information.

(Reporting by Jody Godoy in New York; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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The first pavilion of Crocus Expo IEC hosted an extraordinary exposition of the 5th International exhibition of yachts and boats Moscow Boat Show. The show had been incredibly famous for five years already not only thanks to the specialists of the market segment as well as professional sportsmen but also thanks to those who consider sailing sport to be their hobby and well cherished dream.

Moscow Boat Show 2012

Moscow Boat Show 2012

The organizer of the project was the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Centre. The show was supported by Aston Martin Moscow, Burevestnik Group logistics department and the Yachting specialized magazine.

The exposition space increased up to 30 000 sq m and was accommodated in all 4 exhibition halls of the fairgrounds! 280 Russian (Arkhangelsk, Vyborg, Kazan, Kaluga, Republic of Karelia, Moscow and Moscow region, Nizhny Novgorod, Novorossiysk, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, St. Petersburg, Sverdlovsk region, Sochi, Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Yaroslavl region) and foreign ( Denmark , Germany , Holland , Greece , Spain , Italy , Cyprus , China , Latvia , Poland , USA , Turkey , Ukraine, Finland , France , Montenegro and Croatia ) companies participate in the show.

Moscow Boat Show provided the perfect platform from which to preview new products, evaluate market trends, and establish long-lasting and commercially profitable partnerships. Despite the dynamic changes taking place in Russia and the rapid growth of the yachting sector, the show continued to complement and reflect the industry’s demand and is a promotional opportunity not to be missed!

Unique exhibits were presented at the show for the first time: exposition of private submarines from U-Boat Russia company, Marquis Yachts 420 SB motor yacht from Sport Bridge S. Marine series, SAGA-415 yacht from Saga Boats Norwegian shipyard, Jetlev-Flyer from MS Watersports.

Moscow Boat Show a Great Success

Moscow Boat Show a Great Success

More than 400 yachts were displayed within the frames of the event including the largest boats ever exhibited in Russia – the 19-meter giant motor yacht Princess 54 as well as the Princess 50 yacht from Nord Marine and Baja speed boat from Burevestnik.

Domfinland OY unveiled a luxury project from Finnish real estate: a seaside premium class hotel in Hanko named consonant with the location Merihanko.

The trade fair was traditionally opened by a Gala Opening Ceremony. Arcady Zlotnikov, First Deputy Director Crocus Expo IEC, was the first to take the floor at the official opening ceremony. He greeted warmly exhibitors, guests and visitors of Moscow Boat Show. Nikolay Krjuchek, Deputy Chief of the State Inspection on Small size Vessels (GIMS) of the Ministry for Emergency Situations of Russia, Georguiy Shaiduko, Acting President of the Russian Yachting Federation (VFPS), Olympic champion in Atlanta and Ekaterina Grishechkina, Director of exhibition Moscow Boat Show also spoke at the ceremony.

The high-ranking guests noted dynamic development of the branch which well reasoned the intensive growth of the exposition and appearance of rather unique “gems”.

A number of business meetings and negotiations were held within the frames of the project: the exhibition was visited by a large delegation of Greek businessmen for the purpose of establishment of mutually beneficial cooperation with the Russian colleagues.

More than 400 yachts on display at the Show

More than 400 yachts on display at the Show

Russian Yachting Federation (VFPS) celebrated its 100 anniversary within the frames of Moscow Boat Show and arranged an exposition of future sailing sport museum (rare awards, gifts, articles from private collections, pictures and etc.) which had been collected since 1912.

Due to carefully chosen running dates the show was visited by more than 26 000 people. The majority of the visitors were of targeted audience – vessel owners and specialists of the branch.

The work at the next edition of the show is under way! The show will be held in March 2013. The overall exhibit space will comprise 40 000 sq m. The exhibition will impress with exclusive exhibits and the latest technological achievements.

Moscow Boat Show was not only an entertaining but at the same time a business promotional event. Participation in the trade fair was a unique opportunity to present a company and products to a distinctly selected targeted audience of industry specialists. They were well prepared to discuss business in the Russian market and even to close a deal on-site.

The show helped representatives of yachting business to get acquainted with their Russian colleagues and gradually improved national yachting market to a new level. It is obvious that for 5 years of its running the project has turned to a status event of the international exhibitions calendar.

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