U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Litigation Release No. 23814 /April 26, 2017
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Avaneesh Krishnamoorthy and Shreya Achar, Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-02953 (AJN) (S.D.N.Y.)
Investment Bank VP Charged with Insider Trading
The Securities and Exchange Commission, on April 24, 2017, charged a vice president in the risk management department of a New York-based investment bank with insider trading on confidential information he learned in advance of a private equity firm's acquisition of a publicly-traded technology company.
The SEC alleges that Avaneesh Krishnamoorthy learned that Golden Gate Capital planned to acquire Neustar Inc., and he then began trading in Neustar securities. The trading took place in two brokerage accounts that Krishnamoorthy allegedly kept hidden from his employer, which had been approached by Golden Gate Capital to finance the transaction. According to the SEC's complaint, Krishnamoorthy made approximately $48,000 in illicit profits.
In a parallel action, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York today filed criminal charges against Krishnamoorthy.
The SEC is seeking an emergency court order to freeze the assets in the brokerage accounts belonging to Krishnamoorthy and his wife, who has been named as a relief defendant in the SEC's complaint for purposes of recovering allegedly ill-gotten gains in the account in her name. The complaint charges Krishnamoorthy with violating Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 as well as Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5.
The SEC's investigation is being conducted by Alison R. Levine, Preethi Krishnamurthy, Neil Hendelman, and Thomas P. Smith Jr. The litigation will be led by Ms. Krishnamurthy and Ms. Levine. The case is being supervised by Sanjay Wadhwa. The SEC appreciates the assistance of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.