The Securities and Exchange Commission obtained a final judgment against a former registered representative who misappropriated material nonpublic information from his customer and used it to trade Burger King Holding, Inc.’s (“Burger King”) securities and tip others before the company’s September 2, 2010 announcement that it was being acquired by a New York private equity firm.
On January 7, 2014, the SEC obtained a final judgment against Waldyr Da Silva Prado Neto (“Prado”), a citizen of Brazil formerly employed by Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC in Miami. Prado learned about the impending acquisition from one of his customers who invested in a fund managed by the private equity firm that was used to acquire Burger King. Prado misused the confidential information to illegally trade in Burger King securities for $175,000 in illicit profits, and he tipped others living in Brazil and elsewhere.
The final judgment entered by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on the SEC’s motion for a default judgment, permanently enjoins Prado from violating Sections 10(b) and 14(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rules 10b-5 and 14e-3 thereunder. The judgment orders Prado to disgorge $397,110 in ill-gotten gains from the illegal Burger King trading plus prejudgment interest of $41,622. Prado is also ordered to pay $5,195,500 in penalties.