Artis Capital to pay nearly $9 million after allegedly failing to detect insider trading

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 14, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced this week that San Francisco-based Artis Capital Management and Michael W. Harden will settle allegations of failing to detect insider trading.


According to the SEC, Artis Capital failed to detect the insider trading of employee Matthew G. Teeple. Harden, Teeple’s supervisor, allegedly failed to appropriately respond to red flags that should have alerted him and the company to Teeple’s misconduct. The SEC found out about Teeple’s alleged insider trading with source David Riley during a broader case involving expert networks and the trading activities of hedge funds.


“Hedge fund advisory firms and supervisors must take all reasonable measures necessary to prevent insider trading, yet Artis Capital and Harden failed to take any action at all in response to Teeple’s highly profitable and suspiciously timed trading recommendations,” said Sanjay Wadhwa, senior associate director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office.


Artis Capital will disgorge all profits made from Teeple’s trading, totaling $5,165,862, plus interest of $1,129,222. It will also pay a penalty of $2,582,931. Harden will pay $130,000 and be suspended from the industry for a year.


“By disgorging the illicit profits that Artis Capital obtained through Teeple’s misconduct, this settlement ensures that the firm and Harden will not be rewarded for their negligence,” said Joseph G. Sansone, co-chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s market abuse unit.

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