Eight Arrested in London Insider Trading Scheme

New York (HedgeCo.Net) – Eight people were arrested yesterday in London on suspicions of insider trading.    

The city of London police and about 40 Financial Services Authority officials targeted workers at UBS and JPMorgan Cazenove, in what they are calling “a major ongoing investigation into insider dealing rings.”

It is believed that the suspected individuals shared price-sensitive information contained at the bank’s printing facilities that had not yet been made available to the public. 

Ironically, Malcolm Calvert was indicted last week, also from Cazenove who allegedly used inside info to purchase huge stakes in companies that were rumored to be potential targets for takeovers from 2003-2005.  It is unknown as to whether or not the two instances are related.

Names have not been released, but the FSA did confirm to the Financial Times that one of the men arrested was a junior member of UBS’s support staff in London.  He is currently suspended while the investigation unfolds. 

As for the others, the FSA has only confirmed that they are men between the ages of 27 and 48.  No word yet on how much money the individuals are thought to have gained through the insider deals.

This marks the third insider trading case filed by the FSA this year.  The City of London police were asked to get involved, as the FSA does not have the authority to arrest. 

Julie Scuderi
Senior Editor for HedgeCo.Net
Email: julie@hedgeco.net

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