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2016 CFTC Year-in-Review and a Look Forward

In 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) continued to pursue high-profile enforcement cases and to test its new enforcement authority under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

Securities Group News: New Guidance on “Personal Benefit” Test of Insider Trading Law

For the first time in nearly two decades, the United States Supreme Court has directly addressed the scope of insider trading liability under the federal securities laws. The Court in Salman v. United States considered...more

Two Convicted of Insider Dealing in the UK Sentenced

The Financial Conduct Authority announced that Mr. Manjeet Mohal and Mr. Reshim Birk were sentenced having pleaded guilty to charges of insider dealing. Mr. Mohal was sentenced to ten months imprisonment suspended for two...more

Investment Management Update

SEC Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Fee Structure - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently issued a guidance update addressing disclosure issues and certain procedural...more

2016 half-year in review: M&A legal developments

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

How “Close” is Close Enough? Parties Submit Supplemental Briefing in Martoma in Light of Salman

The Supreme Court’s decision in Salman v. United States, 137 S.Ct. 420 (2016) is already having an effect on the appeals arising out of the insider trading convictions in the Southern District of New York. Shortly after...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

Former Equity Portfolio Manager Jailed by UK Court for 12 Months for Insider Dealing

Mark Lyttleton, formerly an Equity Portfolio Manager at BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited, was sentenced to 12 months jail (reduced from 18 months) on two counts of insider dealing. Mr. Lyttleton was an Investment...more

Law Firm Data Breaches Demonstrate the Expanding Scope of Cyber Attacks

In a case of “cyber meets securities fraud,” the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) recently indicted three foreign nationals on charges of insider trading, wire fraud, and computer...more

2016 Year In Review: Securities Litigation And Regulation

2016 was an active year in securities litigation. In the first half of 2016 alone, plaintiffs filed 119 new federal class action securities cases. It was also a busy year for SEC enforcement proceedings, with a record 868...more

Insider Trading in the E.U. and U.S. Markets – An Ocean Apart?

With increasing momentum towards global regulatory convergence – driven predominantly by G20 commitments – it is noteworthy that some important (and practically significant) distinctions remain between the market conduct...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - December 2016

As the SEC as we know it labors through its last five weeks, we note the following activities: - Publication last week of 35 CDIs, covering a host of topics, including Regulation S and qualified institutional buyer...more

Three Chinese Citizens Charged with Hacking New York Law Firms

Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that three Chinese citizens have been charged for attempting to hack into seven law firms that were involved in mergers and acquisitions, in...more

This Week In Securities Litigation - Holiday Edition

Questions regarding the validity of SEC ALJs continue to be a key focus for SEC enforcement. The Tenth Circuit concluded that the retention of SEC ALJs violated the Constitution’s Appointment Clause, setting up a potential...more

Business Litigation Alert: "U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Broader Reach of Insider Trading Laws – What Does this Mean for...

In December 2016, the U. S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the closely watched insider trading case Salman v. US, ruling that if someone leaks confidential information to a friend or family member with the goal of...more

Insider Trading Law After Salman v. United States

In Salman v. United States, decided on December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court upheld a conviction for criminal violations of insider trading laws. The Court, however, declined to adopt the expansive theories of insider trading...more

Trading and Markets Enforcement Report - January 2017

January 2017 - The last several years have seen law enforcement and regulatory bodies sharpen their focus on trading activity in the securities and derivatives markets. This focus has coincided with the advent of new and...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

Indictment Issued in Law Firm Hacks

In what New York’s top federal prosecutor called a “wake-up call for law firms around the world,” three Chinese citizens have been charged with hacking into the servers of two prominent – but unidentified – international law...more

Guilty Pleas to Insider Dealing Charges Brought by the UK Financial Conduct Authority

The Financial Conduct Authority announced that Manjeet Mohal and Reshim Birk had pleaded guilty to three counts of insider dealing at their trial at the Central Criminal Court. Mr. Mohal pleaded guilty to two counts of...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - December 2016

Insider Trading: Supreme Court Affirms Salman - Why it matters: On December 6, 2016 the Supreme Court decided Salman v. U.S., in which it upheld the petitioner’s insider trading conviction. The Court found its 1983...more

Salman v. U.S.: More Questions than Answers?

The United States Supreme Court recently rendered a decision in Salman1 resolving a circuit split over whether the government prosecuting an insider trading case must show that the person giving an insider tip received...more

Timely Reminders to Avoid Inadvertent Tipping Liability

Just in time for the annual season of work holiday parties and family gatherings, the United States Supreme Court unanimously confirmed that leaking material non-public information to a close relative who then trades in...more

7 Things You Should Consider To Avoid Criminal Prosecution

In its first insider trading ruling in almost 20 years, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that a person can be held criminally liable for passing inside information to a friend or...more

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