Deutsche Bank AG reached a $17.5 million settlement with Massachusetts regulators who said the firm’s employees didn’t disclose conflicts of interest tied to collateralized debt obligations before the financial crisis.
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin this week accused Morgan Stanley of breaking the law as lead underwriter in Facebook Inc.’s initial public offering, triggering a $5 million fine.
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin subpoenaed Citigroup Inc. along with Facebook Inc.’s lead underwriters Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. in connection with the decline of Facebook’s share price following its initial public offering in May, his office said.
Morgan Stanley’s handling of Facebook Inc.’s initial public offering, a deal that cost investors billions of dollars, broke a decade-old pledge to block investment bankers from influencing analysts, according to Massachusetts regulators, who fined the bank $5 million.
Facebook Inc., the world’s largest social-networking company, could be exposed to legal challenges surrounding its initial public offering similar to those faced by Morgan Stanley, according to legal experts.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. agreed to pay a $10 million fine and stop holding private meetings of stock analysts and traders known as “huddles” to settle an investigation by Massachusetts’s chief securities regulator.