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The Insider Trading Cartoon Series, Vol. 15 -- United States v. Newman (Part 2) [Video]

Welcome to the exciting conclusion to the United States v. Newman mini-series. Today we discuss Newman's doomed personal benefit test. It would eventually be undone by Salman v. United States, but it's still helpful in...more

The Insider Trading Cartoon Series, Vol. 13 -- The Barry Switzer Story [Video]

Let's take a stroll back to 1981, when football coach Barry Switzer overheard some information that might have become very profitable. Or would it? It's important to remember that in most insider trading cases, there must be...more

The Insider Trading Cartoon Series, Vol. 14 -- United States v. Newman (Part 1) [Video]

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit shook the insider trading world in 2014 when it issued United States v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir. 2014). The court addressed the knowledge required for liability of remote...more

The Insider Trading Cartoon Series, Vol. XII -- The Innocent Intermediary [Video]

Join us as our heroine Jane gives away a little too much information to her husband Bob, who then seeks legal advice about what he's heard. Bob's lawyer Nikhil gives good advice by telling him to keep a lid on it, but then...more

The Insider Trading Cartoon Series, Vol. XI -- Multi-level Tipping [Video]

In this Presidential transition season, we bring you a very special episode of the Insider Trading Cartoon Series....more

The Insider Trading Cartoon Series, Vol. X -- Tipping (pre-Newman) [Video]

Are you getting geared up for United States v. Salman in the U.S. Supreme Court?  First, how does one become liable in a "tipping" insider trading case?  We have some characters that will tell you:...more

9/30/2016  /  Insider Trading , US v Salman

Phil Mickelson is very glad United States v. Newman is the law in the Second Circuit.

Phil Mickelson, whom the SEC describes as a “successful professional golfer,” was not charged with insider trading earlier today. I wasn’t either, and I’m glad about that. And you probably weren’t either! High fives all...more

The Insider Trading Cartoon Series, Vol. VIII — Negligence? [Video]

Can you resolve your insider trading case with a negligence-based charge? Probably not. If you're lucky enough to get there, it'll only be after a long, painful fight....more

Two Thoughts about the Smallest Insider Trading Case in All of Captivity

I shouldn’t write this post, because the SEC surely wants me to write at least part of it. I mean, they don’t care about what I write; I can promise you that. But they want somebody to cover it because of the message they...more

Rob Cohen Discusses SEC’s Analysis and Detection Center

One other interesting thing coming out of last Friday’s enforcement discussion at SEC Speaks (there weren’t many): Market Abuse Unit co-chief Rob Cohen’s mention of the SEC’s Analysis and Detection Center. First, though,...more

The Insider Trading Cartoon Series, Vol. V — Misappropriation Theory [Video]

We’ve spent a few episodes talking about insider trading when the trader owes a fiduciary duty to the company whose securities are being traded. But what if the trader isn’t connected to the company? Enter the...more

You Can Settle Your Insider Trading Case with a Negligence-based Charge

This is almost certainly not true anymore. But it was true once! Maybe only once. Back in October 1991, the SEC sued Shared Medical Systems, a Pennsylvania health care information services company and three of its officers...more

Insider Trading Recklessness and Kevin Love’s Shoulder

A couple of weeks ago I expressed skepticism about the ultimate impact of Judge Rakoff’s recent opinion in SEC v. Payton. In it, he held that for purposes of a motion to dismiss, the SEC had adequately alleged insider...more

Two Regulatory Crises

It strikes me that two civil regulators are facing dire attacks on aspects of their enforcement programs – both in different U.S. Courts of Appeals – at the same time. Both of these attacks arise out of generalized statutes...more

A Non-Insider Trading Case in the District of Massachusetts

Insider trading prosecutions can be difficult. Because of the haphazard and tortuous growth of insider trading law itself, the prosecutions involve proving lots of different pesky elements. Fiduciary duties, materiality,...more

Three More Thoughts about United States v. Newman

In the wake of the Second Circuit’s huge remote tippee insider trading decision from two weeks ago in United States v. Newman, three more things occur to me. To recap, the court held that to be liable for insider trading in...more

Second Circuit Limits Insider Trading Law for Remote Tippees

Matt Levine is a big jerk. He just sits there at Bloomberg following events in finance and securities enforcement, and then writes interesting things about those events really quickly and with insight that no one else has...more

Rengan Rajaratnam Settlement Exposes Weak Point in SEC’s Newish Admissions Policy

You remember Rengan Rajaratnam, right? He broke the S.D.N.Y.’s long streak of insider trading victories when a jury acquitted him in July. I wondered what the effect on his case with the SEC would be. Would he settle? ...more

Securities Enforcement Forum 2014 — Directors Panel

Yesterday I blogged from the Securities Enforcement Forum 2014, Bruce Carton’s excellent one-day conference, held at the Four Seasons hotel in Washington, D.C. The posts will be fairly raw, and certainly not verbatim...more

Ghost of David Sokol Haunts SEC’s Insider Trading Case against Szymik and Peixoto

It never actually became a case, but maybe you remember this matter from a few years ago. In January 2011, former Berkshire Hathaway executive David Sokol bought about 100,000 shares in Lubrizol Corporation shortly before...more

Three Thoughts about FINRA’s Weird Japanese Insider Trading Case

One of the things you’re not supposed to do if you’re in the securities business – or any business, really – is buy and sell securities on the basis of material, nonpublic information in breach of a duty not to do so. The...more

Give Me That Old-Time Insider Trading

Recently I had a question that required me to review Don Langevoort’s comprehensive insider trading treatise. It got me thinking about the roots of insider trading law. Specifically, the pre-SEC, pre-10b-5 insider trading...more

The SEC Will Take “Your” Money, Thanks

So let’s say you work for a hedge fund or some other financial institution that engages in proprietary trading , and you’re inclined to do some insider trading on your employer’s behalf. You make your trades, but you’re a...more

Two Thoughts about the Jury Verdict in SEC v. Steffes

As you may have heard by now, on January 27th a jury in the Northern District of Illinois sided with the defendants and against the SEC in an aggressive insider trading case. Here were the facts as alleged by the SEC and...more

2/19/2014  /  Acquisitions , Insider Trading , SEC
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