High Frequency Trading

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When Theft is not a Federal or State Crime

In the most recent ruling in a lengthy and procedurally complex criminal case, a New York trial court dismissed a computer programmer’s criminal conviction under New York’s Unlawful Use of Secret Scientific Material law for...more

Another Aleynikov Trade Secrets Case Ends with Narrower Statute

In 2009, Sergey Aleynikov was a computer programmer employed by Goldman Sachs to write high-frequency trading code. He accepted an offer to join a new Chicago-based company, Teza Technologies. Before he left Goldman Sachs,...more

Flash Boy’s Conviction Thrown Out—Again

In a stunning victory for the former Goldman Sachs programmer, New York State Justice Daniel Conviser threw out Sergey Aleynikov’s jury conviction on state law charges that he stole intellectual property from Goldman. Trade...more

Blink and You’ll Miss It: In Lanier v. BATS Exchange, Inc., the Southern District of New York Dismisses Case Alleging Damages as a...

In the blink of an eye, high-frequency trading systems can engage in a staggering number of securities transactions. The subject of Michael Lewis’s popular book, Flash Boys, high-frequency traders seek to maximize profits by...more

"The SEC Proposes FINRA Regulation for High-Frequency Traders"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently proposed an amendment to Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). The proposed amendment (the “Proposed Amendment”) would require...more

Bridging the Week - May 2015 #2

Two Traders Subject of CME Summary Suspension for Alleged Spoofing Sued by CFTC Too - Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission commenced a lawsuit in federal court in New York against Heet Khara and Nasim...more

Judge Declines to Dismiss Spoofing Charges Against High Frequency Trader

On April 16, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied a motion to dismiss “spoofing” charges against Michael Coscia, a high-frequency commodities futures trader, finding that the indictment was...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 16

In this issue: - SEC Committee to Focus on the Order Protection Rule at Upcoming Meeting - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to SEFs and DCMs in Connection with Swaps with Operational or Clerical Errors - CFTC...more

Dodd-Frank Anti-Spoofing Statute Not Void for Vagueness For High Frequency Trader

In United States v. Coscia, the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division declined to dismiss an indictment for “spoofing” against a high frequency trader under 7 U.S.C. §§ 6c(a)(5)(C) and 13(a)(2)...more

Back in a Flash: Sergey “Flash Boy” Aleynikov Returns to Court for New Trial

Sergey Aleynikov’s six-year odyssey through the U.S. judicial systems—both federal and state—continues.  Last week, Aleynikov stepped into a New York State courtroom to defend himself at trial against a pair of criminal...more

Expanding Oversight of Active, Proprietary Trading Firms: SEC Proposes Amendments to Rule 15b9-1

Overview - On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC" or "Commission") proposed an amendment to Rule 15b9-1 (the “Proposal”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Exchange Act") that, if...more

Important Regulatory Developments for Proprietary Trading Firms and Broker-Dealers Using Algorithmic Trading Strategies

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted unanimously to issue a proposed rule amendment that would significantly narrow the existing exemption that permits many proprietary-trading...more

SEC proposes requiring FINRA membership for exchange-member-only broker-dealers

The Securities and Exchange Commission has published a proposal to amend SEC Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which exempts certain broker-dealers from membership in a registered national...more

SEC Proposes to Amend Rule 15b9-1

The Securities and Exchange Commission is proposing to amend Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, to require broker-dealers that engage in off-exchange proprietary trading to become members of a...more

Bridging the Week - March 2015 #5

SEC Proposes FINRA Oversee Certain High-Frequency Trading Firms; FINRA and FIA Issue Best Practice Guidance - The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed changes to an existing rule that, if adopted, would require...more

SEC Rule Change Would Require High-Frequency Traders to Register with FINRA

On March 25, 2015, the SEC proposed an amendment to Rule 15b9-1 that would require high-frequency trading firms to register with FINRA. According to the SEC, the proposed amendment will better align the scope of Rule 15b9-1...more

SEC Requires FINRA Registration for High Frequency Traders

In an effort to keep pace with rapidly accelerating market technology, the Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has taken steps to expand oversight over high-frequency trading. On March 25, 2015, the SEC unanimously...more

SEC Proposes High Frequency Traders to be Regulated by FINRA

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced on March 25, 2015 a proposal to amend Rule 15b9-1 under the Exchange Act to require broker-dealers who trade in off-exchange venues to become members of a national securities...more

The New European Market Abuse Rules – Looking Towards 2016

Significant changes to the European laws on market abuse are due to come into effect in July 2016. On implementation, the new measures will replace the four current European directives on market abuse. This Insight looks...more

New York AG May Face A Tough Road In High Frequency Trading Case Against Barclays

Ruling on Barclays’ motion to dismiss the action brought by the New York Attorney General regarding Barclays’ alternative trading system (“ATS”), Justice Shirley Kornreich suggested that the AG may face substantial hurdles in...more

Additional Avenues May Be Available for Federal Regulators to Curtail Deceptive Practices in High Frequency Trading

We first heard about the SEC’s increased focus on high-frequency trading in June 2014 when the SEC announced its desire to promulgate new rules on high frequency trading to address the lack of transparency in dark pools and...more

Chicago Court Hands Out Harsh Sentences for Hedge Fund Trade Secret Theft

Following earlier plea agreements, “Ben” Pu (“Pu”) and Sahil “Sonny” Uppal (“Uppal”) were sentenced today for stealing trade secrets related to high-frequency trading platforms from Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel. In what...more

2014 Top 10 SEC Enforcement Highlights

Mary Jo White was confirmed in April 2013 as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), becoming the first former United States Attorney to serve in that role. Given her background, and despite criticism...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission brought cases related to HFT this week, but not against those traders. One action involved the operations of one of the largest dark pools. A second involved two exchanges. Each action involved specific types...more

SEC Releases Exam Priorities For 2015

On January 12, 2015, the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") released its Examination Priorities for 2015 (available here) outlining the issues that it will focus on this year in examining...more

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