Insider trading cases often have focused on “the CEO’s brother-in-law” or similarly situated individuals who used a tidbit passed along at Thanksgiving dinner to make a quick and easy personal profit. Today, hedge funds have joined “the CEO’s brother-in-law” as the target of insider trading cases. In the hedge fund context, charges are being based on a hedge fund employee’s collection of information as part of the employee’s job in trading the hedge fund’s assets, unlike the classic cases based upon receipt of an isolated “tip” outside of the work setting that will be used to generate profit for an individual.
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