SEC files suit against unknown traders over Heinz options

Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:24pm EST

Feb 15 (Reuters) - U.S. securities regulators on Friday filed suit against unknown traders in the options of ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co, alleging they traded on inside information before the company announced a deal to be acquired for $23 billion by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and Brazil's 3G Capital.

The suit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, cites "highly suspicious trading" in Heinz call options just prior to the Feb. 14 announcement of the deal. It claims the traders are either in, or trading through accounts in, Zurich, Switzerland.