In its decision of 13 March 2023, the Enforcement Committee imposed a fine of €700,000 on Arthur Bonnefoy, who was director of consolidation at the time of the events, for having used inside information for his own benefit on two occasions. This information concerned the better-than-expected results and objectives of the listed company that employed him.
Having found that the results and objectives of the listed company were better than those expected by the consensus among financial analysts, and that this was inside information from 18 February 2020 at the latest with regard to the annual results for 2019 and the objectives for 2020, and 27 July 2020 at the latest with regard to the half-yearly results for 2020 and the new objectives for 2020, the Committee ascertained that Mr Bonnefoy was in possession of this information. On 19 February and 27 July 2020, he had received draft press releases containing the same financial data as that published.
The Committee considered that Mr Bonnefoy was a primary insider and had made improper use of this information by acquiring derivative financial securities of the listed company on 19 February and 28 July 2020. Mr Bonnefoy sold all of the securities the day after they were acquired and realised a total capital gain of €342,344.
An appeal may be lodged against this decision.
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