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Swedbank employee suspected of insider trading / Mait

28/11/2009. Tags: , , , , , | This post has no Comments

BalticBusinessNews writes that Swedbank employee suspected of insider trading. Anton Uustalu, 27-year-old former employee of client relations department of Swedbank, is one of the suspects in insider trading scheme with Eesti Telekom stock.

Priit Perens, general manager of Swedbank Eesti, said that he could not comment the case and suggested that Äripäev asked the prosecution for comment. “Uustalu left on the mutual agreement,” was all that Perens said, without elaborating why Uustalu’s employment contract was terminated.

Ex-SEB Enskilda Analyst Charged in Insider Case / Martin

07/11/2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | This post has no Comments

New York Times wrote that Estonian prosecutors charged Dmitri Vassiljev, a former analyst at SEB Enskilda, with using inside information to trade shares and options of the Baltic telecommunications companiess Eesti Telekom and TEO.

Mr. Vassiljev used information on TeliaSonera’s offer to buy out minority shareholders in the two companies to which he had access to before it was made public, the Tallinn-based state prosecutor’s office and Financial Supervisory Authority said Thursday in separate statements. Eesti Telekom rose 23 percent and TEO jumped 30 percent after the offer was announced
August 24th.

Ahto Kink
[18.01.2010 19:16:49 | Edited 19:17:20] Ahto Kink: This case highlights the importance of proper systems and controls that investment banks and advisors should have in place in order safeguard inside information from their customers.
In particular:
- every member of the staff should be exposed to the information only on a need to know basis;
- flow of inside information should be rigorously controlled and list of insiders, with exact date and time when information was received, maintained;
- each employee who has obtained the access to the information, should be alerted about the fact that the information received, is inside information;
- adequate personal account dealing controls (e.g. list of restricted instruments) should prohibit members of the staff from making transactions (directly or via related persons) with securities issued by the customer.


Comments from CSA Partners:

This case highlights the importance of proper systems and controls that investment banks and advisors should have in place in order safeguard inside information from their customers.

In particular:

  • every member of the staff should be exposed to the information only on a need to know basis;
  • flow of inside information should be rigorously controlled and list of insiders, with exact date and time when information was received, maintained;
  • each employee who has obtained the access to the information, should be alerted about the fact that the information received, is inside information;
  • adequate personal account dealing controls (e.g. list of restricted instruments) should prohibit members of the staff from making transactions (directly or via related persons) with securities issued by the customer.

INSIDeR implemented at Merko, Eesti Ehitus and PTA Group / Martin

01/11/2006. Tags: , , , | This post has no Comments

CSA Partners is pleased to announce that INSIDeR was installed at 3 different companies listed on Tallinn Stock Exchange in October:

  • Eesti Ehitus – the second largest contruction company in Estonia
  • Merko Ehitus – the largest construction company in Estonia and Baltic States
  • PTA / Silvano Fasion Group – an international apparel trade group which is engaged in the design, manufacturing ang marketing of women’s apparel

Tallink Group, a leading shipping company, selects INSIDeR / Mait

22/08/2006. Tags: , , , | This post has no Comments

CSA Partners is delighted to announce that AS Tallink Group (http://www.tallink.com/), the leading shipping company in the Baltic Sea area, operator of Europe’s largest shipping lines and one of the biggest listed company in Baltic States, has selected INSIDeR to manage its compliance with the new Market Abuse Regime and other relevant securities regulation.Shares of AS Tallink Grupp are currently listed on the Tallinn Stock Exchange.

The Shareholders of Tallink have declared their best efforts to ensure that, by the end of 2009, Tallink achieves a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ, or other international exchange acceptable to the main shareholders.

Estonian FSA clarifies its expectations regarding maintenance of insider lists / Mait

09/03/2006. Tags: , , | This post has no Comments

At the briefing held on 9 March 2006 the Estonian FSA (Finantsinspektsioon) provided helpful guidance in a number of areas relating to implementation of the new Market Abuse regime in Estonia.Regarding the maintenance of lists of insiders and handling of inside iformation:

  • The Estonian FSA expects issuers to maintain the list of persons with permanent access separately from so-called project-specific lists.
  • As a minimum project-specific lists should contain a general description of particular inside information, identity of a person and the time when particular person obtained the access to inside information in question.
  • An ‘easy’ approach practiced by many companies whereby all employees and managers are entered to a single list is no longer acceptable way for insiders´ and inside information management. A project-specific list has to be drawn up for every case of inside information enabling later reconstruction of the information flow.
  • The Estonian FSA emphasized that not every piece of information, including confidential information of commercial nature, qualifies as inside information under the recently amended rules of the Securities Market Act. Market participants may expect demonstrative list of situations and circumstances triggering the obligation to draw up a project-specific list.
  • The Estonian FSA prefers that the issuers maintain their insiders´ lists in electronic form by means of automatic data processing. Data processing must be carried out in a reliable manner ensuring that records can´t be altered afterwards without due grounds.
  • It is important that every person entered into insiders list is aware of the fact that he or she is in possession of inside information. The Estonian FSA expects notification to be issued to every persons entered into project-specific list. E-mail would be acceptable mean of communication when it comes to notifying person of his/ her status as an insider and reminding of regulatory duties, including trading restrictions, concered.
  • It will be enough to record the corporate identity when it comes to recording service providers (e.g. law offices, investment firms and financial advisors), acting in the name or on behalf of issuer, in insiders’ list. Service providers will be under the obligation to draw up their own lists and/or project specific lists. It is recommended by the Estonian FSA to have appropriate clauses included in relevant service agreements. Further such clauses should provide the issuer with the right to have access to service providers´ list on first demand (as ultimate responsibility for controlling the flow of inside information is with the issuer).

The Estonian FSA expressed its dissatisfaction when it comes to the internal rules that issuers are required to draw up and apply in the area of management of inside information under the Securities Market Act. Issuers may expect further guidance in that respect.

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