The Securities and Exchange Commission expects to charge more hedge funds with illegal trading, said Linda Thomsen, the director of enforcement at the SEC, Bloomberg reports.
Regulators are “worried” about potential harm to investors, Thomsen said.
In addition, added Susan Merrill, director of enforcement at the New York Stock Exchange, prime brokerage firms that lend money to hedge funds and process their trades could also be held accountable if they fail to detect illegal activity.
As assets in hedge funds have swelled to $1.3 trillion, regulators have grown increasingly concerned about them. The SEC and its counterparts are “follow[ing] the money,” Thomsen continued. “These days, the money is in hedge funds, for the potential for abuse, the potential for securities law violations, is there because there is so much money there.”