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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SEC CHARGES MAN WITH INSIDER TRADING AHEAD OF ORACLE'S ACQUISITION OF ACME PACKET INC.

FROM:  U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a Silicon Valley man with insider trading ahead of Oracle Corporation's acquisition of Acme Packet Inc. based on confidential details he learned from his wife, a finance manager at Oracle.

The SEC alleges that Tyrone Hawk of Los Gatos, Calif., violated a duty of trust by trading after he overheard work calls made by his wife, a finance manager at Oracle Corp., regarding her company's plan to acquire Acme Packet Inc. Hawk also had a conversation with his wife in which she informed him that there was a blackout window for trading Oracle securities because it was in the process of acquiring another company. According to the SEC's complaint, Hawk bought Acme Packet shares before the acquisition was announced in February 2013, and reaped approximately $150,000 by selling after the stock price rose 23 percent on the news. Without admitting or denying the allegations, Hawk agreed to pay more than $300,000 to settle the SEC's charges.

The SEC's complaint charges Hawk with violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. Hawk has settled the SEC's charges without admitting or denying the allegations. He has agreed to the entry of a judgment enjoining him from future violations of the relevant provisions of the Exchange Act, and to pay disgorgement and prejudgment interest of $154,134.50, and an additional penalty equal to his profits of $151,480.00.

The SEC's investigation was conducted by Jennifer J. Lee under the supervision of Michael S. Dicke and Jina L. Choi of the San Francisco Regional Office. The SEC acknowledges the assistance of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in this matter.

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