SEC charges ex-employee of Tahoe Investment Group with insider trading

Maria Nikolova

Yue Li is charged with unlawfully trading in securities of a US-based acquisition target while he was aware of material, non-public information about a forthcoming acquisition.

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today announced settled insider trading charges against Yue Li, an ex-employee of a private equity firm, for unlawfully trading in securities of a U.S.-based acquisition target while he was aware of material, non-public information about a forthcoming acquisition.

According to the SEC’s order, while working for China-based Tahoe Investment Group Co., Ltd. as the Vice General Manager of Overseas Acquisitions, Li learned details of Tahoe’s efforts to acquire the remaining 49% of Alliance HealthCare Services, Inc. that it did not already own. The order finds that from February to April 2017, while aware of non-public information about the impending acquisition, Li purchased a total of 8,200 shares of Alliance Healthcare in his and a relative’s brokerage accounts.

According to the order, after Tahoe publicly announced the acquisition on April 11, 2017, Alliance Healthcare’s share price rose nearly 27% and Li realized profits of $21,609.

The order finds that Li violated the antifraud provisions of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5. Without admitting or denying the findings, Li agreed to the entry of a cease-and-desist order against him and to pay a civil penalty of $43,218.

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