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Selected Press Releases

SEC Charges Financier with Stealing Investor Funds in Purported Offerings of Pre-IPO Facebook Shares

03/19/2013

Washington, D.C., March 19, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against a financier masquerading as a sophisticated fund manager who defrauded investors seeking to acquire highly coveted pre-IPO shares of Facebook and other social media companies.Read more

SEC Obtains Asset Freeze Against Massachusetts-Based Investment Adviser Stealing Money from Clients

03/18/2013

Washington, D.C., March 18, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced 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.Read more

SEC Charges San Diego Lawyers and Others in an International Market Manipulation Scheme

03/15/2013

Washington, D.C., March 15, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a group of Canadian stock promoters, two San Diego attorneys, a Bahamas-based broker-dealer, and other participants in an international “pump-and-dump” scheme involving two publicly traded U.S. companies, Pacific Blue Energy Corporation and Tradeshow Marketing Company Ltd.Read more

SEC Issues Guidance Update on Social Media Filings by Investment Companies

03/15/2013

Washington, D.C., March 15, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today published a guidance update from its staff to clarify the obligations of mutual funds and other investment companies to seek review of materials posted on their social media sites.Read more

CR Intrinsic Agrees to Pay More than $600 Million in Largest-Ever Settlement for Insider Trading Case

03/15/2013

Washington, D.C., March 15, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Stamford, Conn.-based hedge fund advisory firm CR Intrinsic Investors has agreed to pay more than $600 million to settle 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.Read more