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Insider Trading Enforcement Actions

SEC, USAO Charge Tech Company Founder With Insider Trading

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Most of the discussion about insider trading these days is dominated by debates about whether there is a personal benefit, a gift, the application of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Salman last term or the split opinion in...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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In the period beginning the week before the Labor Day holiday and the week following it, the Commission brought a series of actions which included three insider trading actions. One involved an attorney who used information...more

SEC Charges Adviser With Deficient Controls

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The SEC has in the past brought actions against political intelligence firms. One involved compliance procedures and required admissions as part of the settlement....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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The SEC filed an insider trading case this week based on three separate trading chains that netted $5 million in trading profits, all back to a New York City bank official. The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a...more

Dentist, Claiming Tip Was a Rumor, Wins Insider Trading Case

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A jury found Jessie Roberts, a Louisiana dentist who claimed what the government called an illegal tip was just a rumor, not guilty of insider trading. U.S. v. Roberts, No. 15-ct-00020 (M.D. La. Filed Feb19, 2015). The case...more

What Is The Value of Cooperation With the SEC?

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The Commission has long encouraged firms and individuals to cooperate with its investigations based on the promise of consideration when the action is resolved. When the resolution is reached the agency may acknowledge the...more

Trading in Opaque Markets: Fraud, Materiality and Compliance

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This is the first segment of an occasional series regarding a group of criminal and civil securities fraud actions involving trading in opaque markets and the lessons that can be drawn the prosecutions Introduction -...more

DOJ And SEC File Parallel Criminal And Civil Insider Trading Charges Against Scientist Who Conducted Internet Searches On How To...

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On July 12, 2017, both the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (”SEC”) filed insider trading charges against a research scientist who allegedly traded upon confidential information obtained...more

2017 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

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Welcome to the 2017 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose of this report is to provide a periodic survey – in addition to our Practice Team...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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The Commission took the relatively unusual step of issuing an Exchange Act Section 21(a) report of an investigation last week. The report addressed the question of whether tokens issued by a firm using blockchain technology...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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The Commission affirmed by a divided vote an Initial Decision dismissing insider trading charges against Wells Fargo trader Joseph Ruggieri. At a hearing the Division of Enforcement failed to prove that in six instances Mr....more

Split Commission Can't Reverse Insider-Trading Dismissal

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Trader Joseph Ruggieri finally prevailed last week, when SEC Commissioners Stein and Piwowar split on whether Enforcement proved his four trades (in 2010-2011) were made on inside information....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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Recently installed Chairman Jay Clayton delivered his first remarks this week, outlining his views for moving forward. The Chairman emphasized IPOs, market structure, assessing the impact and cost of regulations and cyber...more

Insider Trading, Research on Evading Detection Yields SEC, DOJ Charges

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Trying to cover-up illegal conduct can, and usually does, make the situation worse. A research engineer who used material non-public information obtained from his attorney wife to trade in advance of two acquisitions while...more

U.S. Agencies Step Up Insider Trading Enforcement Against Foreign Nationals, Particularly Chinese Traders

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Investigations and enforcement actions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) targeting potential illegal insider trading by foreign nationals, particularly by those in...more

SEC and U.S. Attorney’s Office Continue Their Pursuit of Criminal Actions Against Purveyors of “Political Intelligence”

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On May 24, 2017, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched their latest criminal and civil salvos against prohibited insider trading by...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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Chairman Clayton continued to build the senior staff this week, appointing Acting Enforcement Division Director Stephanie Avakian and Sullivan and Cromwell partner Steven Peikin as Co-Directors of the Division of Enforcement....more

SEC Continues to Use Advance Data Analytics to Investigate Insider Trading

The SEC has continued to pursue a number of insider trading cases this year, both large-scale and small. Some of those matters involved trades that yielded relatively small amounts of profits: $40,000-$60,000. Why does the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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The Commission filed one settled administrative proceeding this week involving an investment adviser. The Order charged cherry picking, making misrepresentations to clients regarding certain fees and a failure to trade a fund...more

New Criminal and SEC Charges Signal Aggressive Enforcement of Insider Trading Liability for Disclosure of Political Intelligence

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On May 24, 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced insider trading charges relating to a scheme in which a federal...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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Heading into a long holiday weekend the Chairman continued to fill out the senior staff of the agency. Peter Uhlmann, a staff veteran who has held several senior management positions, was appointed as Managing Executive in...more

SEC, USAO Charge Four With Insider Trading Tied to Political Intelligence

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The Commission resolved an earlier action against a political intelligence firm that had ties to the Centers for Medicare & Medicate Services or CMS by requiring admissions, a cease and desist order and revamped compliance...more

Bridging the Week - May 2017 #4

Innocuous Changes in CME Group Globex Rule Could Inadvertently Increase Potential FCM Liability Bigly: CME Group announced amendments to its rule related to Globex order entry that will affirmatively require all persons that...more

SEC, Cooperman Settle Insider Trading Claims

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The Commission settled its hotly contested insider trading case against well-known hedge fund manager, Leon Cooperman. SEC v. Cooperman (E.D. Pa. Filed Sept. 21, 2016)....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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The new Chairman continues to build out the senior staff, making key appointments. Specifically, the Chairman appointed: Jaime Klima, formerly co-chief of staff under Acting Chairman Piwowar, as his Chief Counsel; Lucas...more

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