SEC Fines Broker-Dealer for Inadequate Information Barriers

February 22, 2017

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 13, 2017, issued a cease and desist order (Order) and imposed a $100,000 civil penalty against broker-dealer Sidoti & Company, LLC (Broker-Dealer), to settle charges for “failure … to establish, maintain, and enforce written policies and procedures to prevent the misuse of material nonpublic information (‘MNPI’)” by the Broker-Dealer in connection with the trading of a hedge fund (Fund) managed by the Broker-Dealer’s affiliated investment adviser (Adviser). The Broker-Dealer, the Fund and the Adviser were all controlled, through a holding company, by the Broker-Dealer’s founder and CEO, who also headed the Broker-Dealer’s research and investment banking operations and directed trading for the Fund.

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