The June 2, 2000 e-mail sent by CSFB’s Grace Shentwu to Quattrone, former head of the firm’s Global Technology Group, told him that CSFB’s legal department had been informed by NASD regulators that they were interested in records pertaining to an initial public offering of VA Linux Systems, Inc.
Quattrone, one of the most prominent investment bankers from the dot-com era, oversaw the process of taking VA Linux public. Shentwu’s email advises Quattrone, “No documents of any kind. . .can be destroyed or altered,” she wrote.
Quattrone is on trial for directing several hundred employees to destroy files in a December 5, 2000 e-mail. Prosecutors charge that by sending the message, Quattrone deliberately blocked a federal grand jury probe. He is charged with obstruction of justice, and witness tampering.
In a second e-mail sent by Quattrone minutes later, at about 4:13 p.m. EST, Quattrone replied to Shentwu, asking, “What is this all about?” Her reply was not entered into evidence.
Defense lawyer John Keker has charged that his client believed that the subpoena concerned a different part of the bank than Quattrone’s office in Palo Alto, Ca. But Shentwu’s e-mail, known to the jury as government exhibit 100, shows that he was alerted to retain documents concerning VA Linux at least six months before he sent out his e-mail to staffers.