SEC Charges San Diego Lawyers and Others in International Market Manipulation, “Pump and Dump”, Scheme

On March 15, 2013, the SEC charged a group of Canadian stock promoters, two San Diego attorneys, a Bahamas-based broker-dealer, and other participants in an international “pump-and-dump” scheme involving two publicly traded U.S. companies, Pacific Blue Energy Corporation and Tradeshow Marketing Company Ltd. According to the SEC’s complaint, Canadian stock promoters John Kirk, Benjamin Kirk,…

Massachusetts Fines Deutsche Bank $17.5 Million for Conflicts in Marketing

On March 13, 2013, the Massachusetts Securities Division fined Deutsche Bank Securities (DBSI) $17.5 million for conflicts in marketing collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). The matter has since been settled in a consent order. According to the allegations, DBSI, underwrote approximately $32.2 billion of CDOs between 2004 and 2008. Furthermore, DBSI failed to disclose conflicts of…