SEC Charges Ebay's Former Director of SEC Reporting with Insider Trading
Litigation Release No. 24317 / October 16, 2018
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Bryan B. Long, Civil Action No.18-cv-05973-KAW (N.D. Cal. filed Sept. 28, 2018)
On September 28, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged eBay Inc.'s former Director of SEC Reporting with insider trading ahead of Xoom Corporation's acquisition by PayPal Holdings, which at the time was owned by eBay.
The SEC's complaint alleges that Bryan B. Long, a CPA who was employed as eBay's Director of SEC Reporting, obtained material non-public information about PayPal's impending acquisition of Xoom in the course of his work preparing PayPal's SEC filings. According to the complaint, Long purchased Xoom call options in late May 2015 shortly after PayPal made its initial acquisition offer. Approximately one month later, after learning that the deal was moving forward and could be announced in "early July," Long allegedly engaged in a second round of illegal trades, purchasing additional Xoom call options that were due to expire in less than a month. As alleged in the complaint, Long reaped almost $36,000 in ill-gotten gains by selling all of the options after PayPal announced it was acquiring Xoom on July 1, 2015.
The SEC's complaint, filed in federal district court in the Northern District of California, charges Long with violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 thereunder, and seeks a permanent injunction, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, pre-judgment interest, and civil monetary penalties.
The SEC's investigation has been conducted by Diana K. Tani and Paul E. Kim of the SEC's Market Abuse Unit with the assistance of John S. Rymas in the unit's Analysis and Detection Center. The litigation will be led by John B. Bulgozdy and Amy Longo of the Los Angeles Regional Office. The SEC appreciates the assistance of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.