Morgan Stanley issued a warning by Nasdaq Stockholm

The Disciplinary Committee of Nasdaq Stockholm has found that Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc (“Morgan Stanley” or the “Member”) has breached the Nasdaq Nordic Member Rules ver. 3.1, December 1, 2016 (“NMR”) and has therefore issued a warning to the Member.

Morgan Stanley incurred losses in February 2017 through two transactions in two certificates due to technical problems in its systems. Morgan Stanley was aware that its counterparty in these two transactions held long positions in the instruments, and when the Member temporarily requested what is known as a “Sold Out Buy Back” status (“SOBB”)* for the instruments, the counterparty’s only way of exiting from its positions in the certificates was to sell them back to Morgan Stanley at a price determined by the Member itself.

The prices for the two certificates during the period subsequent to the introduction of SOBB status were markedly lower than in preceding periods when normal trading conditions were in effect. No changes in the price of the underlying assets or other relevant factors could explain this. For its own part, Morgan Stanley has stated that the changed pricing was due to the technical problems experienced by the Member.

According to the Disciplinary Committee, Morgan Stanley has not been able to demonstrate that the reduction in the prices could be considered to reflect prevailing market values, and the Disciplinary Committee has concluded that Morgan Stanley’s actions constituted a serious breach of items 4.6.1 and 4.6.2 of the NMR. The Committee also concludes that there were shortcomings in the communication from Nasdaq Stockholm, which is why, despite the severity of the breaches, the sanction is limited to a warning.

A detailed description of the matter and the Disciplinary Committee’s decision is available at:

http://www.nasdaqomx.com/listing/europe/surveillance/stockholm/disciplinarycommittee/decisions/

Participating in the Committee’s ruling were Former Supreme Court Justice Marianne Lundius, Company Director Stefan Erneholm, Company Director Carl Johan Högbom, Company Director Jack Junel, and Lawyer Wilhelm Lüning.