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Selected Press Releases

SEC Charges Advisory Firms and Portfolio Managers for Roles in Collapse of Midwest-Based Closed-End Fund

12/19/2012

Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2012 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged two investment advisory firms and two portfolio managers responsible for managing a Midwest-based closed-end fund for their roles in the failure to adequately inform investors about the fund’s risky derivative strategies that contributed to its collapse during the financial crisis.Read more

SEC Charges Financial Media Company and Executives Involved in Accounting Fraud

12/18/2012

Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2012 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a digital financial media company and three executives for their roles in an accounting fraud that artificially inflated company revenues and misstated operating income to investors.Read more

SEC Revokes Registration of Toronto-Based Broker and Bans Two Executives from U.S. Securities Industry for Allowing Layering

12/18/2012

Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2012 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a Toronto-based brokerage firm and its top two executives for failing to supervise overseas day traders who used the firm’s order management system to engage repeatedly in a manipulative trading practice known as layering.Read more

SEC Charges Germany-Based Allianz SE with FCPA Violations

12/17/2012

Washington, D.C., Dec. 17, 2012 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Germany-based insurance and asset management company Allianz SE with violating the books and records and internal controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for improper payments to government officials in Indonesia during a seven-year period.Read more

SEC Charges Connecticut-Based Adviser for “Skin in the Game” Misstatements About CDOs

12/17/2012

Washington, D.C., Dec. 17, 2012 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a Connecticut-based investment adviser with falsely stating to clients that it was co-investing alongside them in two collateralized debt obligations (CDO).Read more