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Greenlight Fined For Trading Abuse In The UK

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the UK is fining David Einhorn and his firm Greenlight Capital for trading abuses. The fines are split between Einhorn and Greenlight Capital, at just over £3mn pounds each for using insider information when selling shares in a public company in the UK in 2009, according to several press reports.

The FSA is claiming that Einhorn had a conversation with a broker that British company Punch Taverns was about to begin fundraising, prompting Einhorn to sell his position on the company, saving himself and Greenlight £5.8mn. Einhorn claims that the information was not something he considered insider information, but the FSA disagrees and called it in a statement a "serious case of market abuse." The Wall Street Journal offers a full accounting of the FSA timeline here.

Einhorn said in a statement that he feels as though the fines are unfair and inconsistent with previous FSA handling of such matters, but that he plans to pay the fines and focus on his business. Einhorn will have a conference call with investors tomorrow afternoon to discuss the situation. He has assured investors that no investor money will go toward paying the fines.

Einhorn and his firm Greenlight is a well known US based hedge fund. Einhorn has made his career from by taking an activist ......................

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