Archive for August, 2017

A former UBS compliance officer and a day trader are to stand trial on insider trading allegations next year. Fabiana Abdel-Malek,34, who worked at the Swiss bank, and Walid Anis Choucair,38, on Monday pleaded not guilty to insider trading offences in a hearing at Southwark Crown Court.

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Insider activity fell based on filings on the Hong Kong stock exchange from July 24 to 28 with 23 companies that recorded 158 purchases worth HK$119 million versus eight firms with 45 disposals worth HK$55 million. The buy figures were down from the previous week’s 28 companies, 206 purchases and HK$129 million.

On the selling side, the number of firms and trades were down from the previous week’s 13 companies and 63 disposals. The sell value, however, was up from the previous week’s sales worth HK$41 million.

Meanwhile, the buyback activity fell for the third straight week with 14 companies that posted 46 repurchases worth HK$133 million based on filings from July 21 to 27. The figures were down from the previous 5-day period of 15 firms, 86 trades and HK$185 million.

There are four significant points on the recent buyback:

1. The group recorded its first buyback since September 2016

2. The buyback was made after the stock fell by 16 per cent from HK$0.59 in the last week of April

3. The stock rose by 30 per cent from the group’s average buyback price of HK$.45 in September last year to HK$0.59 in April this year

4. The group posted a lower annual loss from the previous year – the company announced in March an annual loss after tax of HK$97.891 million versus a loss of HK$135.12 million in the previous year.

Restaurants and bars operator and security trading firm Dingyi Group Investment bought back 12.8 million shares from July 21 to 26 at HK$1.16 to HK$1.11 each or an average of HK$1.15 each. The group previously acquired 240 million shares from January to August 2016 at HK$0.79 to HK$0.58 each or an average of HK$0.69 each.

Prior to the buybacks since 2016, the group acquired 168 million shares from July to December 2015 at HK$0.51 to HK$0.80 each or an average of HK$0.66 each and 140,000 shares in May 1998 at HK$0.38 each. The stock closed at HK$1.15 on Friday.

There are five significant points on the recent buybacks:

1. The group bought back for the first time since August 2016

2. The buybacks accounted for 36 per cent of the stock’s trading volume

3. The buybacks were made after the stock fell by as much as 24 per cent from HK$1.47 in May

4. This could be the start of another lengthy buyback spree as the group bought shares in every month from July 2015 to August 2016

5. The group posted a lower annual loss from the previous year – the company announced on June 30 a loss of HK$470.281 million versus a loss of HK$507.062 million in the previous year.

There are three significant points on the insider sales:

1. Wu Xiangdong recorded his first trade since his appointment in June 2009

2. The sale reduced his holdings by 39 per cent

3. The disposals were made after the stock rebounded by 42 per cent from HK$17.26 in December 2016. Despite the rebound in the share price, the counter is still down since May 2015 from HK$28.25



An Israeli professor has agreed to pay more than $850,000 to settle U.S. claims he engaged in insider trading in Jerusalem-based Mobileye NV (MBLY.N), a maker of sensors and cameras for self-driving vehicles, ahead of its $15.3 billion takeover by Intel Corp (INTC.O).

According to an agreement filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday in Manhattan federal court, Ariel Darvasi, a genetics professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will pay about $854,000. The agreement must be approved by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman.

According to the SEC, Darvasi began buying Mobileye stock on March 2 after selling 40,000 shares of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, the only securities in his account.

The SEC said Waldman conducted most of his Mobileye trading in the six weeks before the Intel Corp deal was announced. The trading began the day Intel and Mobileye signed a non-disclosure agreement, and generated a 1,883 percent return.

Neither Mobileye nor Santa Clara, California-based Intel was accused of wrongdoing.

The case is SEC v Darvasi et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 17-02088.



Markets regulator Sebi today disposed of proceedings against late Dilip Pendse, former managing director of Tata Finance, in an insider trading case saying a penalty is not imposable as he has already been penalised through earlier orders.

It was alleged that Pendse, in 2001, had facilitated sale of one lakh shares of the company worth Rs 69 lakh held by the then Director J E Talaulicar and his family, while he was in possession of the ‘unpublished price sensitive information’ (UPSI)


The Securities and Exchange Commission takes a fine-toothed comb through any suspicious activity, but rarely do allegations include a suspect searching online how to avoid the agency.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology research scientist Fei Yan was arrested Wednesday on federal charges of insider trading. Prosecutors say Yan searched “how sec detect unusual trade” before he bought numerous stocks and options that netted him around $120,000 in illicit profits.

Yan also searched for phrases such as “insider trading in an international account.”

The SEC alleges that Yan’s profits came from confidential information he obtained from his wife, who was an associate at international firm Linklaters. The London-based law firm announced it suspended Yan’s wife, and will be cooperating with the SECs investigation.

Yan bought holdings in Mattress Firm and Stillwater Mining, both companies his wife’s firm was working with on acquisition deals. After the acquisitions were made public, Yan sold. His wife is not listed in the charges.

To hide his illegal activity, prosecutors say, the Chinese national placed the trades in a brokerage account under his mother’s name.

“Yan attempted to evade detection by researching prior SEC cases against insider traders and using a brokerage account in a different name, but we identified the profitable trades in deals advised by the same law firm and traced them back to him,” said Joseph G. Sansone, co-chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Market Abuse unit.

MIT spokeswoman Kimberly Allen confirmed Yan was employed in MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics as a postdoctoral associate.

Following his arrest in Massachusetts, Yan was charged with securities fraud and wire fraud. After a hearing in federal court in Boston, authorities released Yan on a $500,000 unsecured bond.

Prison term for ‘brazen’ $45m scheme handed down in spite of high-profile testimonials


SEBI on Wednesday cracked the whip on former MCX and Financial Technologies India Ltd (FTIL) officials for insider trading, which may have helped them avert losses of about ₹125 crore.

The markets regulator has found that key managerial persons of FTIL (63 Moons Technologies) and MCX used Unpublished Price Sensitive Information (UPSI) to sell their shares and avoid losses.

SEBI has impounded the gains made by sale of shares using the information, it said in a release.

Amount to be recovered

The regulator passed an order against Shreekant Javalgekar, Asha Javalgekar, Manish Shah, Prakash Shah, Hariharan Vaidyalingam, V Arvindkumar Iyengar, Dhanashri and Bharat Sheth, former key officials of FTIL, MCX and their relatives.

Finding them “prima facie guilty of insider trading”, the regulator said it has become necessary to take steps to impound and retain the amount they would have lost.

The offenders sold their FTIL shares between August 22, 2012 and March 8, 2013 after a government circular issued on April 27, 2012 banned trading in a group company, NSEL. SEBI believes that the sale of shares by key managerial persons was in the wake of the circular.

“The relatively substantial sale of FTILshares by the aforementioned entities from August 22, 2012 to March 8, 2013, was when in possession of UPSI. The aforementioned entities therefore, engaged in insider trading which is prohibited under the Insider Trading Regulations, 1992 read with the SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015,” said a SEBI release.

Responding to the development, 63 Moons put out a release saying: “63 Moons Technologies notes that the order passed today is pertaining to certain individuals and not pertaining to the company. The company will be studying the said order and take necessary action as it may deem fit.”




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