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On March 5, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the largest monetary sanction for Rule 105 short selling violations. A Long Island-based proprietary trading firm, Worldwide Capital, and its owner, Jeffrey W. Lynn, agreed to pay $7.2 million to settle the charges against them.

According to the SEC, Rule 105 prohibits short selling of an equity security during a restricted period – generally five business days before a public offering – and the subsequent purchase of that same security through the offering. The rule applies, to all equity trades, regardless of the trader’s intent. The rule is designed to promote offering prices that are set naturally by market driven supply and demand.

According to the SEC’s order instituting settled administrative proceedings, Mr. Lynn created Worldwide Capital for the purpose of investing and trading in a strategy focused primarily on new shares of public issuers coming to market through secondary offerings.  Mr. Lynn had traders execute trades on his behalf, seeking allocations of additional shares soon to be publicly offered, usually at a discount to the market price.  He and his traders would then sell those shares short in advance of the public offerings.  Lynn and Worldwide Capital improperly profited from the difference between the price paid to acquire the offered shares, and the market price on the date of the offering.

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