For Release: January 9, 2009
Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced today that it simultaneously filed and settled charges against four registered commodity pool operators (CPOs), charging them with failing to distribute to investors and file with the National Futures Association (NFA) one or more of their respective commodity pools’ annual reports in a timely manner. Spring Mountain Capital G.P., LLC (Spring Mountain G.P.) of New York, NY; Spring Mountain Capital, LP, (Spring Mountain Capital) of New York, NY; Fortis Investment Management USA, Inc. (Fortis) of Boston, MA, and UBS Fund Advisor, LLC (UBS) of New York, NY, were charged in the CFTC action.
The CFTC orders require the CPOs to pay civil monetary penalties in the following amounts: Spring Mountain Capital G.P., $75,000; Spring Mountain Capital, LP, $75,000; Fortis, $75,000; and UBS, $50,000.
Under CFTC regulations, CPOs are required to file an annual report with the NFA and distribute it to each pool participant within a prescribed period after the close of the pool’s fiscal year. An annual report is designed to “provide [pool] participants with the information necessary to assess the overall trading performance and financial condition of the pool.” (See Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors, Final Rules, 44 Fed. Reg. 1918 [CFTC Jan. 8, 1979], regarding the adoption of Rule 4.22.) According to the CFTC orders, the CFTC’s goal of providing pool participants with complete and necessary data is hampered without timely reporting.
The CFTC orders find that each of the four CPOs operated one or more commodity pools, including pools that operated as funds-of-funds. While some of the CPOs had obtained extensions of the prescribed deadlines for various pools and reporting years, each nevertheless failed to timely comply with its obligations, in violation of CFTC regulations.
The following CFTC Division of Enforcement staff are responsible for this case: Vince McGonagle, Joan Manley, Lenel Hickson, Paul Hayek, Gretchen Lowe, Peter Haas, Manal Sultan, Michael Solinsky, Nathan Ploener, James Garcia, Melanie Devoe, Eliud Ramirez, Ken Koh, and Richard B. Wagner.
R. David Gary
Last Updated: January 9, 2009