Talk about saving face. The SEC approved a plan on Monday for Nasdaq to pay customers as much as $62 million for losses stemming from last year’s controversial Facebook IPO. Despite the settlement, Wall Street firms will still be able to “pursue further legal action” if they so choose.
Dow Jones Business News reports (ironically posted to the Nasdaq website) that Wall Street banks are estimated to have lost around $500 million from the delay in the opening of Facebook trading and subsequent confusion over individual trades.
UBS has said the Facebook debut cost it $356 million, and said in a statement Monday that it intended to recover from Nasdaq “the full extent of our losses.” Dow Jones says a spokeswoman said the bank has already filed a demand for arbitration against Nasdaq with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
UBS on Monday said “the SEC’s approval of the plan does not change our opinion,” calling the payout “inadequate and insufficient.” Citigroup, whose losses were estimated at about $20 million, had also urged regulators to reject Nasdaq’s plan, calling the package too small, according to the news service.