StaightPath loses TRO fight against SEC as it cites dismissal for criminal case

StaightPath loses TRO fight against SEC as it cites dismissal for criminal case

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 13 – The SEC acted swiftly against StraightPath Venture Partners LLC on May 13, winning a temporary restraining order even as StraightPath’s attorney says the SEC threatened to refer the case to prosecution criminal.

Inner City Press live-tweeted the closing argument before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, here
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The SEC is about to freeze the assets of StraightPath Venture Partners which, represented by Cahill Gordon, opposes it

Cahill Gordon’s Enzer: There is no evidence of loss. SEC appears in court with incomplete picture of financial records –

Judge Kaplan: You have already made this point. Cahill: The SEC tells us it has asked the DOJ to open a criminal investigation [!]

Cahill’s Enzer: If the SEC freezes its assets, it can’t hire any attorney it chooses [us?] for any criminal action…

SEC Counsel: Investors should not assume the risk that they use the money they have withdrawn for personal gain. The shortfall, we allege defendants sold interests in pre-IPO stock that they did not have and do not have today

SEC Attorney: As far as the DOJ is concerned, we only contacted them. Our priority is investor protection.

Judge Kaplan: Let’s talk about the schedule. Mr. Enzer wants to inform, fine, until May 20. Reply on May 25. I will enter a TRO.

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The case is SEC v. Staightpath Venture Partners, LCC et al., 22-cv-3897 (Kaplan)

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