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Saudi Arabia’s market regulator fined the former chairman of the kingdom’s second-biggest telecom company for insider trading and ordered his investment firm to pay $75 million.
Abdulaziz bin Saleh bin Abdullah Alsaghyir, who was the chairman of Etihad Etisalat Co., was fined 100,000 riyals ($26.7 million), according to a statement on the Capital Market Authority’s website on Monday. He was also banned from managing portfolios, being an investment adviser and working for any Saudi-listed companies.
Abdulaziz Alsaghyir Business Investment Co., of which Alsaghyir is the founder and chairman, was also ordered to pay 280 million riyals for the avoided losses it avoided on its investment portfolio as a result of the violated trades.
Mobily, as the mobile operator is known, is recovering from accounting irregularities discovered in 2014 that led to more than 1 billion riyals of losses, a $9 billion slump in market value and cost the company its chief executive officer. Over that year, Alsaghyir’s investment company sold 9.49 million shares in Mobily, or about two-thirds of its stake.
The market regulator started a probe into the company’s finances and the activities of some unnamed executives in 2015.
The CMA also fined:
Hisham bin Abdulaziz bin Saleh Alsaghyir and Faisal bin Mohammed bin Abdulmohsen Alashgar 100,000 riyals each Mohammed bin Abdulmohsen bin Mohammed Alashgar was fined 200,000 riyals All three were banned from working for any Saudi-listed company, managing portfolios or working as investment advisers
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