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SEC obtains asset freeze against Massachusetts-based investment adviser

Tue, 19/03/2013 - 11:31

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained an asset freeze against a Massachusetts-based investment adviser charged with stealing money from clients who were given the false impression they were investing in a hedge fund. »


CR Intrinsic to pay more than USD600m over insider trading case

Mon, 18/03/2013 - 14:02

Connecticut-based hedge fund advisory firm CR Intrinsic Investors has agreed to pay more than USD600m to settle Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges that it participated in an insider trading scheme involving a clinical trial for an Alzheimer’s drug being jointly developed by two pharmaceutical companies. »

Law books and gavel

SEC charges hedge fund firm Sigma Capital with insider trading

Mon, 18/03/2013 - 11:47

New York-based hedge fund advisory firm Sigma Capital Management has agreed to pay nearly USD14m to settle the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges that the firm engaged in insider trading based on non-public information obtained through one of its analysts about the quarterly earnings of Dell and Nvidia Corporation. »

Magnifying glass

DTCC supports legislation to ensure continued transparency in OTC derivatives market

Mon, 18/03/2013 - 06:01

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) has expressed support for legislation that would resolve issues surrounding the indemnification provisions and confidentiality requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act to ensure regulators continue to have access to a global set of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives data for systemic risk oversight and mitigation purposes. »


Federal Court fines Colorado man over foreign currency fraud

Fri, 15/03/2013 - 12:05

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has obtained federal court orders for more than USD3.5m in restitution and civil monetary penalties against Nicholas Trimble and his companies, Capstone FX Quantitative Analysis and Beekeepers Fund Capital Management. »

Gavel and scales

Highland Capital obtains USD21.5m jury verdict against Royal Bank of Canada

Thu, 14/03/2013 - 16:05

Law firm Lackey Hershman has obtained a USD21.5m jury verdict in favour of its client, Highland Capital Management, and against RBC Capital Markets, which is part of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).  »

Prison bars

Fugitive hedge fund manager arrested in Italy

Mon, 11/03/2013 - 12:07

Florian Wilhelm Jürgen Homm, a German hedge fund manager who was on the run for more than five years, has been arrested in Italy on US federal fraud charges that accuse him of orchestrating a market manipulation scheme designed to artificially improve the performance of his funds. »


Connecticut hedge fund execs charged with conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud

Wed, 27/02/2013 - 16:19

A federal grand jury sitting in New Haven has returned a 19-count indictment charging three executives of New Stream Capital, a Ridgefield, Connecticut hedge fund, with conspiracy, securities fraud, and wire fraud offences. »


CFTC charges NYMEX and former employees over disclosure of customer information

Fri, 22/02/2013 - 11:39

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed an enforcement action charging the New York Mercantile Exchange (CME NYMEX) and two former employees, William Byrnes and Christopher Curtin, with violating the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations. »

Handcuffs and money

Michael J Welke to pay USD387,000 to settle commodity pool fraud charges

Mon, 18/02/2013 - 10:01

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has obtained a federal court order requiring defendant Michael J Welke, of Omaha, Nebreska, to pay USD257,000 in disgorgement and a USD130,000 civil monetary penalty to settle CFTC charges of fraud, failure to register with the CFTC, and failure to comply with disclosure and reporting requirements. »

Ponzi scheme

Hedge fund manager convicted over USD40m Ponzi scheme

Tue, 12/02/2013 - 16:00

A federal jury in Charlotte has convicted certified public accountant Jonathan D Davey, 48, of Newark, Ohio, of four criminal charges relating to a hedge fund investment fraud conspiracy. »

Cynthia Hetherington, president of the Hetherington Group

Fraudulent hedge funds pose greater threat in 2013, says Hetherington

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 12:07

Thanks to the recent JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act), signed by President Obama last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has lifted advertising restrictions for hedge funds and other kinds of private investment offerings as of 2013, allowing for direct solicitation to individual investors.     »

Barred sign

NFA takes emergency enforcement action against Prodigy Asset Management

Fri, 01/02/2013 - 16:01

The National Futures Association (NFA) has taken an emergency enforcement action against Prodigy Asset Management (PAM), a commodity pool operator (CPO) and commodity trading advisor (CTA) located in New York City, and its principal Ezekiel Abdel Rahman. »


National Futures Association adopts recommendations from analysis of Peregrine Financial Group audits

Fri, 01/02/2013 - 11:53

The National Futures Association’s board of directors has voted to accept the recommendations made by Berkeley Research Group (BRG) as part of its independent analysis of NFA's audits of Peregrine Financial Group. »


SEC charges former Jefferies exec with defrauding investors in mortgage-backed securities

Tue, 29/01/2013 - 12:11

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a former executive at New York-based broker-dealer Jefferies & Co with defrauding investors while selling mortgage-backed securities (MBS) in the wake of the financial crisis so he could generate additional revenue for his firm. »


CFTC grants order to Ice Clear Credit permitting portfolio margining of swaps

Tue, 15/01/2013 - 14:13

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an order granting a request made by Ice Clear Credit (ICC), a Commission-registered derivatives clearing organisation, permitting portfolio margining of swaps and security-based swaps in a cleared swaps customer account. »

Handcuffs and money

Investment adviser Martel to pay over USD7.2m for fictitious investment products

Mon, 14/01/2013 - 10:03

The Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained a final judgment by default against investment adviser Gary J Martel, a resident of Chelsea, Massachusetts, in a case originally filed by the SEC in June 2012. »

Law books and gavel

New York-based hedge fund manager and firm fined USD5m

Fri, 11/01/2013 - 10:08

The Securities and Exchange Commission has secured final judgments against hedge fund manager Chetan Kapur and his firm, ThinkStrategy Capital Management, ordering them to jointly and severally pay disgorgement and prejudgment interest of USD3,988,196.59 and civil penalties in the amount of USD1m. »

Handcuffs and money

SEC staff preview top hedge fund enforcement trends for 2013

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 06:18

In a recent speech before the Regulatory Compliance Association, Bruce Karpati, chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement division’s asset management unit, suggested where the SEC may be heading regarding hedge fund oversight in the months to come. »

Gavel and scales

SEC charges Santa Monica-based hedge fund manager over ‘cherry-picking’ scheme

Wed, 02/01/2013 - 09:31

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Santa Monica-based hedge fund manager and his investment advisory firm with conducting a "cherry-picking" scheme by steering winning trades to their own trading accounts and favoured clients to the detriment of certain hedge fund investors. »

Approved stamp

CFTC approves exemptive order on cross-border application of swaps provisions of Dodd-Frank

Mon, 24/12/2012 - 10:18

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has approved an exemptive order providing time-limited relief from certain cross-border applications of the swaps provisions of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Commission’s regulations. »

Magnifying glass

CFTC releases rule enforcement review of ICE Futures US

Wed, 19/12/2012 - 16:14

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has notified ICE Futures US of the results of a rule enforcement review completed by the commission’s division of market oversight.  »

Gavel and scales

SEC charges Connecticut-based adviser with CDO misstatements

Wed, 19/12/2012 - 14:04

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged a Connecticut-based investment adviser with falsely stating to clients that it was co-investing alongside them in two collateralised debt obligations (CDO). »

Trading screens

DTCC looks to reduce risk in processing of money market instruments

Thu, 13/12/2012 - 12:02

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) is proposing changes to its settlement processing for money market instruments (MMIs) to boost efficiencies, improve intraday settlement finality and further reduce credit and liquidity risk in the MMI market. »

Grade A

Advise offers tips for hedge funds preparing for first SEC exam

Thu, 13/12/2012 - 11:37

Advise Technologies, a software solutions provider for global regulatory compliance, has released a list of top tips for private funds preparing for their first SEC examination. »


NFA permanently bars Strategic Trading Associates

Fri, 07/12/2012 - 11:56

The National Futures Association (NFA) has permanently barred Strategic Trading Associates, a New York-based commodity trading adviser, and temporarily barred Francis Littleton, a principal and associated person of the firm. »

Prison bars

Former Fair Finance CEO gets 50 years for USD200m fraud

Wed, 05/12/2012 - 06:01

Timothy S Durham, former chief executive of Ohio-based Fair Finance, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for orchestrating a USD200m scheme that defrauded more than 5,000 investors over almost five years. »


CFTC grants relief for bespoke or complex swaps

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 11:45

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s division of market oversight (DMO) has issued a time-limited no-action letter granting relief for bespoke or complex swaps from certain reporting obligations under Part 43 and Part 45 of the Commission’s regulations. »


SAC case dubbed 'most lucrative insider trading scheme ever charged'

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 06:12

Federal investigators continue to tighten ranks around hedge fund manager Steven Cohen, arresting one of his former portfolio managers in what the US Attorney for New York has called “the most lucrative insider trading scheme ever charged.” »


Jury returns verdict of liability against EagleEye Asset Management

Fri, 30/11/2012 - 16:10

A federal court jury in Boston, Massachusetts returned a verdict of securities fraud liability against registered investment adviser EagleEye Asset Management and its sole principal, Jeffrey A Liskov, both of Plymouth, MA, in connection their fraudulent conduct toward advisory clients. »

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