Citi gets fined $2M for leaking confidential details on Facebook’s IPO to the press

Citi gets fined $2M for leaking confidential details on Facebook’s IPO to the press

Citigroup has been fined $2 million due to “failing to supervise research analysts” who have been caught sharing confidential information regarding Facebook’s turbulent IPO, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The core of this controversy lies in the actions of a junior research analyst at Citi, who William Galvin, the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, says revealed a number of “non-public” details to two TechCrunch employees according to subpoenaed documents. More specifically, a Citi senior analyst’s opinions on the investment risks of Facebook’s IPO were shared.

This has been confirmed by WSJ:

Massachusetts uncovered emails between the junior analyst and TechCrunch employees and the senior analyst and the French reporter after a subpoena. The junior analyst was fired by Citi on Sept. 27.

In addition to this, a senior analyst at Citi also may have recently shared private information on YouTube revenue estimates to “a reporter for a French business magazine.” The identity of that publication has not yet been outed publicly. We have reached out to TechCrunch for comment on the leaked details and are awaiting response.

Update: The full document, in PDF form, is available here.

Image credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

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