Insider Trading Enforcement Actions

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CFTC Alert: 2015 CFTC Year-in-Review, and a Look Forward

CFTC continues to bring high-profile, large-penalty enforcement cases; begins bringing cases to enforce Dodd-Frank Act implementing regulations; and embarks on post-Dodd-Frank Act regulatory initiatives. Please see...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission resolved actions with SAC Capital founder Steven Cohen and the former Chairman of Dewey & Leboeuf in addition to filing settled actions against Goldman Sachs and State Street. The agency also filed another...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

During the holiday period the SEC filed three insider trading cases as administrative proceeding. Three actions were brought involving major Wall Street banks; one centered on “parking” allegations involving Morgan Stanley...more

Another SEC Insider Trading Case As An Administrative Proceeding

The SEC began the year by filing a settled insider trading case. The action is largely unremarkable as insider trading cases go, although some might question if all the key elements of a claim are pleaded. The facts are...more

Regulatory Enforcement in the UK - A Retrospective on 2015. Can the Fines Get Any Bigger?

When the UK Financial Services Authority became the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in April 2013, we were told that this would herald a tougher and more intrusive style of regulation. The FCA’s enforcement record in the...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Investment Management Division Director Address to Investment Company Institute - Division Director David Grim addressed the ICI on December 16, 2015. In his remarks, Grim noted 2015 was the 75th...more

Bridging the Week - December 2015

CFTC Brings First Insider Trading-Type Enforcement Action Based on New Anti-Manipulation Authority: Last week the Commodity Futures Trading Commission brought and settled its first enforcement action sounding in the...more

CFTC Brings First Ever Charges for Insider Trading in Commodities

The CFTC issued an Order filing and simultaneously settling charges against Arya Motazedi for engaging in fraudulent transactions in the New York Mercantile Exchange’s (NYMEX) RBOB Gasoline Physical futures contract and CL...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

This was the period of admissions. The SEC secured admissions in three actions over the period with beginning the week of Thanksgiving and continuing into the beginning of December. Cases filed during the period include: A...more

Game of Phones: Employer-Issued Smartphones and Employee Fifth Amendment Protections

A recent court decision holding that employees can claim the Fifth Amendment and refuse to unlock password-protected smartphones, even though the phones were issued by their employer for company business, demonstrates the...more

SEC Demands Admissions For Compliance Failures

When the Commission adopted its policy of requiring admissions to settle certain enforcement actions no bright line test was created. Rather, an array of facts were to be assessed on an individual, case-by-case basis....more

Deciphering the Regulators’ Statements: Fish & Richardson’s Outlook on Securities Regulation and Enforcement for Year-End 2015 and...

In a series of statements over the last several weeks, the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have sought to clarify the government’s current securities regulation objectives and to provide an...more

SEC Files Suspicious Trading Case

The SEC filed another “suspicious trading” insider trading action, naming as defendants two Chinese nationals. The action was brought just days after the second deal closed, permitting a freeze order to be entered over the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending November 6, 2015)

Conflicts and investment fund fraud cases were the focus this week. The SEC brought two actions in each category. In addition, a settled insider trading action was filed....more

SEC Freezes Hacker’s Assets

Federal oversight related to hacking recently made headlines when a federal court in New Jersey granted the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) motion to freeze assets connected to a hedge fund manager accused of...more

SEC Partially Settles Insider Trading Action Based on Gift to Romantic Partner

The SEC filed an insider trading action in which the tipper partially settled the action. While the complaint alleged that the tippee knew of the breach of duty and that the information was gifted to him by his romantic...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC’s apparent preference for administrative proceedings as a venue for its enforcement actions continues to draw criticism. H.R. 3798 is now pending in the House of Representatives. The bill is tilted the “Due Process...more

SEC – Broker From Grand Central Insider Trading Scheme Settle

The scheme was perfect. Broker Vladimir Eydelman of Oppenheimer & Co. would place the trades; law school graduate Steven Metro, a clerk at Simpson Thatcher, would misappropriate the inside information; mortgage broker Frank...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - October 2015

"Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" Part III - Why it matters: It is time for another installment in our continuing "Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" coverage into the ongoing constitutional challenges to the SEC's...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney announced the filing of motions to dismiss the insider trading conviction of Michael Steinberg, formerly a portfolio manager at SAC Capitol, and six others in the wake of the Second Circuit’s...more

SEC Sanctions Broker-Dealer and Affiliated Asset Manager for Breaching Information Barriers for Exchange-Traded Products

On October 8, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged an investment adviser and a broker dealer for failing to maintain and enforce polices to prevent misuse of material non-public information. Without admitting...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC prevailed on two summary judgment motions. One centered on a manipulation action. The other was against an attorney who facilitated a prime bank fraud. The Commission also filed: An action against UBS tied to its...more

Bridging the Week - October 2015 #2

SEC-Sanctioned Trader Began Alleged Spoofing After Complaining About Spoofing by Others to NYSE - Eric Oscher and Briargate Trading, LLC, a company 50 percent owned by Mr. Oscher, agreed to pay an aggregate fine of US...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The PCAOB filed a settled action involving an auditing firm in which the consent order of settlement was based on admissions of facts. The approach is similar to the one adopted by the SEC in which the Commission requires...more

D.C. Circuit Repulses Assault on the SEC’s Administrative Citadel

The citadel of the SEC’s administrative forum has been under assault from several vectors over the past year or so, as a chorus of dissenting Respondents have mounted increasing challenges to its constitutional legitimacy, as...more

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