FSA Bans and Fines Corporate Finance Advisor for Market Abuse

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On February 7, the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) announced that the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) had directed the FSA to fine David Massey £150,000 (approximately $240,000) and ban him from performing any role in a regulated financial services firm for engaging in market abuse.

On November 1, 2007, Mr. Massey shorted 2.5 million shares of Eicom at 8p per share, knowing, as an insider, that Eicom intended to issue new shares at 3.5p per share. Mr. Massey immediately acquired 2.6 million shares from Eicom at the lower price, using those to close out his short sale. His profit on the transaction was over £100,000 (approximately $160,000).

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