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  • May 8, 2013

    CFTC Charges Ron Eibschutz with Aiding and Abetting Disclosures of Material Nonpublic Information about Customer Trades in its Case against the CME Group’s New York Mercantile Exchange and Two Former Employees

    Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today filed an amended Complaint in its pending enforcement action, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. William Byrnes, et al. (U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 13 CIV 1174), naming Ron Eibschutz as a Defendant in its ongoing case against the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (CME NYMEX), and two former CME NYMEX employees, William Byrnes and Christopher Curtin. (See CFTC Press Release 6519-13, February 21, 2013.)

    The amended Complaint charges CME NYMEX, Byrnes, and Curtin with violating the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and CFTC Regulations through the repeated disclosures during a two and one-half year period of material nonpublic customer information to Eibschutz, an outside commodity broker who was not authorized to receive the information, and charges Eibschutz with aiding and abetting the violations.

    The CFTC’s amended Complaint alleges, as did the initial complaint, that at least from in or about February 2008 to September 2010, Byrnes knowingly and willfully disclosed material nonpublic information about CME NYMEX trading and customers, including about trades cleared through CME ClearPort, to Eibschutz on at least 60 occasions, and that between May 2008 and March 2009, Curtin knowingly and willfully disclosed the same type of information to Eibschutz on at least 16 additional occasions. The nonpublic customer information unlawfully disclosed by Byrnes and Curtin, in conversations often captured on tape, included details of recently executed trades, the identities of the parties to specific trades, the brokers involved in trades, the number of contracts traded, the prices paid, the structure of particular transactions, and the trading strategies of market participants, according to the amended Complaint.

    The amended Complaint alleges that Eibschutz aided and abetted the violations of the CEA and CFTC Regulations, including by, among other things, repeatedly soliciting Byrnes and Curtin for the specific material nonpublic information they disclosed to him and providing them with information they needed to identify and locate information about the specific trades in which Eibschutz was interested.

    In its continuing litigation, the CFTC seeks civil monetary penalties, trading and registration bans, and a permanent injunction prohibiting further violations of the federal commodities laws, as charged.

    CFTC Division of Enforcement staff responsible for this case include Patrick Daly, James Wheaton, David W. MacGregor, Lenel Hickson, Stephen J. Obie, and Vincent A. McGonagle.

    Last Updated: May 8, 2013

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