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- SEC Adopts Statement and Interpretive Guidance on Public Company Cybersecurity Disclosures
- SEC Charges Former Bitcoin Exchange and Its Founder With Fraud
- JPMorgan Chase to Replace NYC Headquarters with 70-Story Skyscraper
- Citigroup Raises CEO Corbat's Pay 48% to $23Mn
- Should Congress Create a Crypto-Cop?
- JPMorgan Weighs Buying an Exchange-Traded Funds Firm
- Hey, Goldman Sachs: Wanna Buy BNY Mellon?
- SEC Order Rejecting Acquisition of Chicago Stock Exchange (CSX) by Chinese-Baesd Company
- Kyle Moffatt Named Chief Accountant in SEC CorpFinance
- SEC Suspends Trading in 3 Issuers Claiming Involvement in Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology
- Karen Garnett, Assoc. Director of SEC CorpFinance, to Leave After 23 Years of Service
- Louisiana Adviser Barred for Hiding Losses from Investors
- Connecticut HF Manager Illegally Diverted Investor Money - Now Owes Nearly $13Mn
- White House Cleaning House of Advisors Without Full Security Clearance
- Goldman Projects 30% Growth in Wealth Management Advisor Force
- Whistleblower Alleges Manipulation of CBOE Volatility Index
- FINRA Looking Into VIX (CBOE Volatility Index) Manipulation: WSJ
- Atlanta-Area Resident Charged with Misusing Investor Funds - SEC
- FINRA Announces 2018 West Region Networking Seminar
- Alberto Arevalo, Associate Director in Office of International Affairs, to Retire From SEC
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SEC v. Cooperman and Omega - A Win-Win Settlement
[Photo: Leoon Cooperman / Yeshiva University Office of Alumni Affairs]
by Howard Haykin
Last October, the SEC was playing ‘Hard Ball’ with Leon Cooperman on insider trading charges, demanding that he not only pay an $8 million fine, but accept a temporary suspension from the industry. Cooperman, 74, who has a decades-long reputation on Wall Street, vowed to fight to the bitter end.
Yesterday’s settlement – announced rather quietly by the SEC – closed this 8-month insider trading case with both sides claiming victory.
- The SEC ‘got their man’, getting him to pay nearly $5 million in fines and disgorged profits and subjecting him to an independent compliance consultant for the next 5 years.
- Leon Cooperman preserved his legacy by not admitting to any wrongdoing and by avoiding being barred or suspended. However, his Omega Advisors has taken a hit, with assets under management shrinking by more than half to $3.4 billion.
Yes, Donald Trump and Congressional leaders, compromise and negotiation is possible, if not preferable.