Other actions have been filed making similar allegations regarding the IPOs of more than 300 other companies. All of these have been coordinated for pretrial purposes as In re Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation, Civil Action No. 21-MC-92.
According to a Press Release dated 12/06/2001, the action claims Radware and certain of its officers violated the US federal securities laws by
issuing and selling Radware common stock pursuant to Radware's IPO
and a secondary offering without disclosing to investors that several
of the underwriters of the Radware IPO had received excessive and
undisclosed commissions from certain investors. The complaint alleges that in exchange for the excessive commissions, the underwriters allocated shares to certain investors at the IPO price of $18 per share. In order to purchase the shares at $18, the underwriters' customers had to agree to purchase further shares in the aftermarket at progressively higher prices. The
practice, known in Wall Street as "laddering," drove Radware's share
price up to artificially high levels, giving both the underwriters
and their customers enormous profits. During the first day of trading
alone the share price rose as high as $49 from the $18 IPO price. In
early trading yesterday Radware was at $11.18, 49.6% lower compared
to the year earlier. The underwriters involved include Salomon Smith Barney, Inc., US Bancorp Piper Jaffray, Inc., Bank of America Corporation (Banc of America Securities LLC), FleetBoston Robertson Stephens, Inc., The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and SunTrust Capital Markets, Inc. (SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Capital Markets).