September 30, 2023

Former Tesla Australia director Kurt Schlosser was sentenced on March 17, 2023 within the Sydney District Courtroom following his responsible pleas to 2 insider buying and selling offences.

In November 2022, he pled responsible to 2 insider buying and selling offences referring to shares in Piedmont Lithium Ltd, opposite to s1043A of the Companies Act.

A breach of s1043A of the Companies Act carries a most penalty of 15 years’ imprisonment.

Nonetheless, Schlosser was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months imprisonment, to be launched instantly upon getting into right into a recognisance, on the situation that he be of fine behaviour for 2 years and 6 months. 

In his position as Tesla Australia nation director, Schlosser was knowledgeable of a confidential, in-principle settlement to be entered into by Tesla Inc in the US of America. The settlement associated to the provision of lithium to Tesla Inc by Piedmont Lithium Ltd, an organization listed on the Australian Securities Trade (ASX).

Schlosser then bought 86,478 shares in Piedmont Lithium Ltd in two transactions and likewise communicated that inside info to a good friend in circumstances the place it was possible that individual would additionally purchase Piedmont Lithium Ltd shares. Schlosser, shortly after the announcement was made public, offered the shares for a realised revenue of $28,883.53.

An order was additionally made by consent for Schlosser to forfeit the revenue of $28,883.53 to the Commonwealth.

“ASIC is dedicated to appearing towards conduct that damages the integrity of Australia’s monetary markets,” ASIC deputy chair Sarah Courtroom says. 

“Insider buying and selling undermines investor confidence and provides people an unfair benefit. This legal end result demonstrates the intense penalties for buying and selling when in possession of inside info,” she says.

On account of his conviction, Schlosser can be robotically disqualified from managing firms for 5 years.

The matter was prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions after a referral from ASIC.