SEC Settles Insider Trading Action against Tiger Asia Management

On December 12, 2012, the SEC charged Tiger Asia Management, LLC (Tiger Asia Management), Tiger Asia Partners, LLC (Tiger Partners) and their principal, Sung Kook (Bill) Hwang, with insider trading and market manipulation relating to their trading in the shares of Bank of China, China Construction Bank and other Chinese companies.  The same day, Tiger Asia Management, Tiger Partners and Hwang agreed to pay $44 million in the aggregate to settle the charges.  This article summarizes the underlying misconduct, the settlement terms and the SEC’s charges.  See generally “Structuring, Regulatory and Tax Guidance for Asia-Based Hedge Fund Managers Seeking to Raise Capital from U.S. Investors (Part Two of Two),” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 5, No. 32 (Aug. 16, 2012).  Tiger Asia Management faces parallel criminal charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.  For the details of an action brought by Hong Kong securities regulators against Hwang and Tiger Asia Management arising out of the same alleged insider trading, see “Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission Wins Appeal of Insider Trading Action Against New York-Based Hedge Fund Manager Tiger Asia Management,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 5, No. 10 (Mar. 8, 2012).

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