Ex-UBS Compliance Officer, Day Trader Deny Insider Trading

  • Abdel-Malek, Choucair deny five charges in London court case
  • Pair accused of making 1.4 million pounds in trading

A former UBS Group AG compliance officer and a day trader charged by U.K. regulators with making 1.4 millions pounds ($1.8 million) from insider trading pleaded not guilty in a London court.

Fabiana Abdel-Malek, 34, and Walid Choucair, 38, entered the pleas at a hearing Monday. The pair were charged by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority last month with five counts of insider dealing between June 2013 and June 2014. The FCA alleged Abdel-Malek obtained the information through her role at UBS.

The five companies the defendants are accused of illegally trading shares in are: Elizabeth Arden Inc., German television operator Kabel Deutschland Holding AG, real estate investment trusts BRE Properties Inc. and Northstar Realty Finance Corp., and U.S. energy company Targa Resources Corp.

The trial has been scheduled for October 2018.

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