• SEC Charges Ex-ESSI CEO and Son with Options Fraud Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 4:14 PM ET

    The former chairman of defense contractor Engineered Support Systems and his son were charged with stock options fraud on Thursday in a widening U.S. securities investigation.

  • Ivan Boesky

    Every deal worth a headline these days is inevitably followed by the discovery of unusual options activity. In fact, it's become so routine that when news of a deal crosses, all I have to do is pick up the phone, call an options trader, determine how abnormal the trading activity was in the days prior to the deal, and BOOM! I've got a story. Unusual options trading pre-mega deal is definitely not unusual.

  • Bear Stearns' hiring of former Lehman Asset management chief Jeff Lane comes as the Securities and Exchange Commission ramps up its scrutiny of the firm's troubled subprime hedge funds that have sent jitters through the markets in recent weeks, CNBC has learned.

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has opened 12 enforcement investigations into matters surrounding collateralized debt obligations (CDO), the agency's leader told a Congressional panel.

  • All five commissioners of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are to appear Tuesday at a Congressional hearing that is expected to explore hedge fund activities, access to corporate proxy statements and so-called soft-dollar arrangements.

  • Blackstone's IPO has renewed debate over the so-called quiet period--when the company issuing stock is subject to SEC restrictions on public statements.  Andy Thorpe, associate from Morrison & Foerster, and Brian Lane, partner from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher discussed on "Morning Call" whether quiet period rules should be eliminated.

  • Powerful House Democrats on Friday proposed increasing the tax burden on managers of hedge funds and private-equity firms, racheting up the debate on expanding the government's tax grip on Wall Street

  • Blackstone Group stock closed around $35 after its debut on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Blackstone IPO Fetches Top Price at $31 a Share Thursday, 21 Jun 2007 | 10:18 PM ET

    The IPO of private equity powerhouse Blackstone Group was set at $31 a share Thursday night, amid what was described as avid interest in the initial public offering.

  • Washington Sees Private Equity as New Source of Revenue Thursday, 21 Jun 2007 | 5:51 PM ET

    Congress is looking at the boom in private equity--including Blackstone Group--as a new source of tax revenue, CNBC's Hampton Pearson reported.

  • The IPO market may not be as large as it once was, but there is still expected to be plenty of room for this week's debut of private equity powerhouse Blackstone Group, likely one of the biggest initial public offerings in U.S. history.

  • Federal regulators are considering allowing public companies to choose between international and U.S. accounting standards for reporting their financial results, a move that could bring a seismic shift in corporate reckoning.

  • Senators Ask for Impact Study on Proposed Blackstone Bill Wednesday, 20 Jun 2007 | 3:27 PM ET

    The leaders of the Senate Banking Committee Wednesday asked the Treasury Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission for analysis of legislation that would raise taxes on private equity funds going public, like Blackstone Group.

  • WWE's McMahon "Death": I'm A Murder Suspect Wednesday, 20 Jun 2007 | 11:47 AM ET
    Darren Rovell....murder suspect??

    Well folks, I’ve never thought I’d utter this phrase: I am a murder suspect. But, truth be told, I apparently am. This according to World Wrestling Entertainment, who gave me this statement when I called them yesterday to answer whether they were irresponsible in issuing a news release that “Mr. McMahon” was “presumed dead” after his limo was blown up last Monday. Here’s what they sent me:

  • Dan Pedrotty, director of the AFL-CIO’s Office of Investment, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” that Blackstone Group should be required to register as an investment company before launching its IPO.

  • Blackstone Market Debut Set for Week of June 25 Wednesday, 13 Jun 2007 | 7:16 PM ET

    Blackstone Group's much-awaited initial public offering is set for the week of June 25, underwriters said.

  • The Bush administration rejected a Securities and Exchange Commission recommendation in a key Supreme Court case and did not support shareholders suing Wall Street banks for damages over Enron's collapse.

  • SEC to Fine Nortel Over Accounting Fraud: Report Friday, 8 Jun 2007 | 6:20 AM ET

    U.S. securities regulators are planning to fine Nortel Networks  up to $100 million for accounting fraud, Bloomberg reported on its Web site on Friday.

  • IBM misled investors by overestimating the impact of stock-based compensation expenses on quarterly earnings in 2005, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said.

  • There is a multibillion-dollar gap between what public companies book as expenses for their executives' stock options and what they report to the IRS under two different sets of rules, according to Senate investigators and a key senator who is seeking to change the reporting system.