Martin A. Siegel

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Martin A. Siegel (born 1948) is a former respected investment banker who became embroiled in the insider trading scandals of the 1980s, alongside Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken.


Born to a Jewish family,[1] Siegel is a graduate of Harvard Business School.[2] In 1971, he joined Kidder, Peabody & Co. and during his 15 years at the firm became known as a takeover specialist.[3] In February 1986 he left Kidder and became a managing director at Drexel Burnham Lambert.[4]

On February 13, 1987, Siegel pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the securities laws and one count of tax evasion.[5] His guilty plea included an agreement to pay over US$9 million in civil penalties.[6] He eventually received a sentence of two months imprisonment and five years probation. The light sentence being due to his cooperation with other government investigations.[7] His involvement in criminal activities is recounted in the book Den of Thieves by Pulitzer Prize winning author James B. Stewart.


  1. ^ Fechter, Melvin Through the Eye of a Jew - Volume II September 20, 2013
  2. ^ Wilkes, Paul (January 22, 1989). "The Tough Job Of Teaching Ethics". New York Times. 
  3. ^ Glaberson, William (February 22, 1987). "Kidder Faces Life After Siegel". New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Executives". New York Times. February 11, 1986. 
  5. ^ Cole, Robert J. (February 14, 1987). "A Former Client Recalls Siegel's Work in Mergers". New York Times. 
  6. ^ Glaberson, William (February 14, 1987). "Wall St Informer Admits His Guilt in Insider Trading". New York Times. 
  7. ^ Eichenwald, Kurt (June 16, 1990). "Key Inside Trader Gets 2 Months". New York Times. 

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