BOSTON, Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Block & Leviton LLP (www.blockesq.com), a Boston-based law firm representing investors nationwide, is investigating possible securities law violations by First Investment Technology Group Inc. ("ITG" or the "Company") (NYSE: ITG) and its officers and directors. The Company's stock has fallen approximately 32%, representing almost $260 million in lost shareholder value, since it was announced that ITG would settle charges and pay a $20.3 million fine to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") for so-called 'dark pool' trading. Dark pools are electronic trading Systems, similar to stock exchanges, where trades can be matched. The primary difference is that the trade orders are secret, meaning that the size and price of the orders are not revealed to the public or even other participants in the dark pool.
On July 30, 2015 ITG announced it was in discussions to settle SEC charges, and pay a $20.3 million fine concerning wrongdoing at ITG's dark pool. The agreement and finalization of the settlement with the SEC was announced today. The SEC announced that ITG earned over $2 million by trading data mined from its own customers without their knowledge between 2010 and 2011. The SEC is requiring ITG to disgorge those profits, over a quarter of a million dollars in interest, and a penalty of $18 million. The SEC claimed that while "ITG claimed to protect the confidentiality of its dark pool subscriber's trading information…[ITG] accessed live feeds of order and execution information of its subscribers and used it to implement high-frequency algorithmic trading strategies, including one in which it traded against subscribers in ITG's dark pool."
ITG has admitted wrongdoing to the SEC, and in the past week removed its CEO Bob Gasser.
Block & Leviton's investigation seeks to determine whether ITG or its officers and directors violated the federal securities laws through the Company's actions leading up to its SEC settlement and fine. If you purchased or otherwise acquired ITG securities before August 12, 2015, and have questions about your legal rights or possess information relevant to this investigation, please contact attorney Steven Harte of Block & Leviton LLP at (617) 398-5600 or email him at Steven@blockesq.com. Confidentiality to whistleblowers or others with information relevant to the lawsuit is assured.
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Contact: BLOCK & LEVITON LLP Steven Harte, Esq. (617) 398-5600 Steven@blockesq.com
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