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Release Date: 12th August 2015

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The FCA has secured a High Court judgment awarding permanent injunctions and penalties totalling £7,570,000 against Da Vinci Invest Ltd, Mineworld Ltd, Szabolcs Banya, Gyorgy Szabolcs Brad, and Tamas Pornye for committing market abuse. The defendants were found guilty of using a manipulative trading strategy known as “layering” on 186 UK-listed shares. This strategy involved placing large and small orders to create a false impression of supply and demand, allowing the defendants to trade shares at artificial prices and profit from these manipulations.

The FCA intervened in July 2011, obtaining an interim injunction to halt the abuse and freeze the assets of the implicated companies. This is the first instance where the FCA has requested the High Court to impose a permanent injunction and penalty for market abuse. The defendants’ actions took place across multiple trading platforms, including the London Stock Exchange and various multi-lateral trading facilities.

Key Takeaways for Other Firms:

By following these principles, firms can maintain market integrity, avoid significant penalties, and contribute to the fair functioning of financial markets.

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