In Enforcement Action Against Investment Adviser ICP Asset Management, LLC, SEC Alleges More than $1 Billion of Improper Trades, Trades at Inflated Prices and Other Fraudulent Conduct in Connection with ICP’s Management of Triaxx CDOs

The SEC has commenced an enforcement action against investment adviser ICP Asset Management, LLC (ICP), its broker-dealer affiliate ICP Securities, LLC, holding company Institutional Credit Partners, LLC, and their principal, Thomas C. Priore.  ICP was the collateral manager of four Triaxx collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) that invested primarily in mortgage-backed securities.  The SEC claims that ICP engaged in a variety of prohibited and fraudulent conduct, including self-dealing, breach of its fiduciary duties to the Triaxx CDOs, engaging in fraudulent transactions among those CDOs, trading to benefit one CDO at the expense of the others, and making trades that benefited another ICP client at the expense of the Triaxx CDOs.  The SEC alleges violations of the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and seeks an injunction against future violations, disgorgement of profits and civil penalties.  We summarize the SEC’s complaint.  See also “Defunct Hedge Fund Basis Yield Alpha Fund (Master) Sues Goldman Sachs for Securities Fraud Arising Out of the Fund’s Investment in Goldman’s Timberwolf CDO,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 3, No. 24 (Jun. 18, 2010).

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