SEC Enforcement Roundup: Hedge Fund Manager Fined $44 Million in China Scheme

Among recent enforcement actions taken by the SEC were charges against a Miami-based entrepreneur for defrauding investors against a hedge fund manager for trading illegally in Chinese stocks, which cost the manager and his firms $44 million in disgorgement and penalties; charges against a Florida-based securities lawyer for forging attorney opinion letters on microcap stocks; and charging a New York-based fund manager for running fraudulent trading schemes, as well as charges against a New Jersey-based cosultant to Chinese reverse merger companies for securities law violations.

Hedge Fund Manager Pays $44 Million over Illegal Chinese Stock Trades

Sung Kook “Bill” Hwang of Tenafly, N.J., the founder and portfolio manager of Tiger Asia Management and Tiger Asia Partners, two New York-based hedge funds, was charged by the SEC with conducting a pair of trading schemes involving Chinese bank stocks that made $16.7 million in illicit profits.

The SEC also charged Raymond Y.H. Park, of Riverdale, N.Y., for his roles in both schemes as the head trader of the two hedge funds involved: Tiger Asia Fund and Tiger Asia Overseas Fund. In a parallel action, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey also announced criminal charges against Tiger Asia Management.