Porsche offices raided in share probe

First Post – German prosecutors are investigating executives at the sportscar firm over allegations of share-manipulation.

Porsche denied any disclosure irregularities but many hedge funds and investment management firms were left wrong-footed after it made a shock announcement that it held more than 50 per cent of VW’s shares. German regulator BaFin dropped its initial investigation but re-opened it after claims that the incident was bringing the entire German stock market into disrepute.

Ex-chief executive Wendelin Wiedeking is among the Porsche figures being investigated by the German authorities over share manipulation claims. Yesterday Porsche’s headquarters were raided in the course of investigations into recent trading activities.The allegations revolve around the failed takeover of Volkswagen, during which Porsche took large positions in VW stock. Prosecutors allege that inside information was leaked in pursuit of the failed bid.

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