July 12, 2004

NASD Bars Broker for Failing to Comply with Hedge Fund Investigation

WASHINGTON (HedgeWorld.com)--An National Association of Securities Dealers Inc. hearing panel barred Scott W. Ryan and expelled Ryan & Co. LP, West Conshohocken, Pa., for lack of cooperation with an investigation into possible impermissible short selling by three hedge fund clients.

NASD spokesman Herb Perone declined to identify the three hedge funds because the investigation is ongoing.

Mr. Ryan was unavailable for comment.

As part of the investigation, the NASD requested certain documents concerning short selling and options transactions, as well as tax returns and financial statement from 1999 through 2003. Mr. Ryan and his firm provided only a small portion of the requested documents claiming that the NASD requests were burdensome and irrelevant, according to a statement from the NASD.

But the NASD hearing panel said Ryan and his firm made no effort to comply with portions of the requests and "assumed a hostile stand."

PBarr@HedgeWorld.com

Contact Robert F. Keane with questions or comments at:

bkeane@ia-mag.com.

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