Canadian Hedge Fund Rapped For Trading Without A License

Apr 27 2012 | 4:31am ET

A Toronto hedge fund and its manager have settled allegations that they sought to evade Ontario's registration rules.

The Ontario Securities Commission accused Daniel Sternberg and his Parkwood GP of, not so much trading without a license, but illegally borrowing one. From 2004 through 2011, though Sternberg made all of Parkwood's investment decisions, another, registered firm, Eosphoros Asset Management was listed as the manager of the fund, the OSC alleges. And while Eosphoros collected Parkwood's management and performance fees, it handed between 85% and 95% of that money to a company owned by Sternberg, which had been hired as a consultant.

"In providing the services, Sternberg assisted [Eosphoros] in providing advisory services to and in making investment decisions for the fund, thereby engaging in the business of advising the fund with respect to investing in, buying or selling securities," the OSC alleged. What's more, even after the regulator confronted Sternberg two years ago, extracting a promise that he'd register, he didn't.

"Sternberg's activities during the post-consulting period were indistinguishable from his activities during the consulting period," the regulator said.

Eosphoros was not accused of any wrongdoing in the case.


In Depth

Q&A: George Schultze On His Fund's Unique Approach to Distressed Investing

Apr 16 2015 | 1:01am ET

George Schultze is a managing member of Schultze Asset Management, a long/short...

Lifestyle

Puerto Rico Woos The Rich But So Far Gains Little

Apr 17 2015 | 2:45am ET

Hedge fund manager Rob Rill grins. He has just had word that U.S. financial regulators...

Guest Contributor

Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects The Ponzi Scheme Presumption: Lenders Claw Back Some Of Their Own Rights

Apr 17 2015 | 9:23am ET

A recent court ruling in Minnesota has put an end to the Ponzi Scheme Presumption...

 

Editor's Note