All NASD charges and sanctions against Frank Quattrone have been dismissed or set aside.
| Friday, January 16, 2004
Nancy A. Condon 202-728-8379
NASD Hearing Panel Finds Former Tech Banker Frank P. Quattrone Failed to Respond in NASD Investigation
Washington, DC — NASD today announced that an NASD Hearing Panel found Frank P. Quattrone, the former head of Credit Suisse First Boston's (CSFB's) technology sector investment banking unit, failed to cooperate in an NASD investigation, violating NASD rules.
On March 6, 2003, NASD charged Quattrone with failing to cooperate in an NASD investigation including whether he encouraged CSFB Tech Group employees to destroy documents after he was notified of NASD and federal investigations. The complaint was an outgrowth of NASD investigations into investment banking activities, including IPO pricing and analyst conflicts of interest, that began in May 2000. The Hearing Panel found that Quattrone never provided NASD with the testimony requested in February 2003.
The Hearing Panel rejected all of Quattrone's arguments that he should not testify because of pending criminal charges against him; that NASD Enforcement did not need his testimony; and that compelled testimony would violate his Fifth Amendment right. The Panel determined that while Quattrone did fail to testify, there were certain mitigating circumstances. NASD refused to delay Quattrone's testimony and insisted on expediency without a compelling reason, the Panel ruled.
The Hearing Panel suspended him for one year and fined him $30,000. If Quattrone does not fully and unconditionally provide information within one year, he will be permanently barred from the securities industry.
The presiding Hearing Officer dissented on the sanctions, concluding that Quattrone's conduct warranted an immediate bar from the industry.
Unless the matter is appealed to NASD's National Adjudicatory Council (NAC), or called for review by the NAC, the Hearing Panel's decision becomes final after 45 days. If the decision is appealed or called for review, the sanctions may be increased, decreased, modified or reversed.
A Hearing Panel consists of an NASD Hearing Officer, along with two members of the securities industry. The NAC is a 14-person committee composed of seven industry and seven non-industry members that decides appeals from disciplinary, membership and exemption decisions; rules on statutory disqualification applications; and advises on other policy matters.
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