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Expect greater SEC scrutiny of activist hedge funds that share information or collaborate in advance of their trades

A recent Wall Street Journal article – “Activist Investors Often Leak Their Plans to a Favored Few” – focused attention on “activist” investors and stock analysts who (as part of their bullish or bearish campaigns for or...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending April 11, 2014)

Former hedge fund giant SAC Capital was sentenced this week. This concluded one of the most prominent insider trading cases. Under the terms of the sentence SAC Capital will no longer accept public funds....more

Honey, You Did What? SEC Charges Yet Another Spouse With Insider Trading

On March 31, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought insider trading charges against Ching Hwa Chen, the husband of a corporate insider, alleging that he misappropriated financial information from his wife and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending April 4, 2014)

High speed trading and insider trading were key topics this week. Author Michael Lewis released a new book on high speed trading and, in an interview claimed the markets are “rigged.” The Commission focused on insider...more

An Insider Trading Reminder from the SEC

The SEC yesterday announced two separate cases against men who traded on confidential information they received from their wives about Silicon Valley technology companies....more

Two SEC Insider Trading Cases Involving Spouses

The SEC filed two settled insider trading cases in which the husband is alleged to have misappropriated inside information from his wife. In each instance the husband understood he was not to trade. Yet in each case the...more

SEC Brings Lawsuit Against Former Carter’s Executive for Insider Trading and Tipping

On March 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against Richard Posey, former vice president of Operations of children’s clothing manufacturer...more

SEC – USAO Halt Serial Insider Trading Ring Despite Concealment Efforts

Trading repeatedly on inside information is likely to yield investigations by the SEC and the DOJ and charges by both even when steps are taken to carefully conceal your activity. That was the case for an insider trading ring...more

SEC May Have a New Weapon to Combat Insider Trading

The Second Circuit may have granted the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a new weapon against insider trading. In SEC v. Contorinis, the court endorsed an expansive theory of disgorgement, allowing the SEC to require...more

SEC Brings New Charges Against SAC Analyst, Highlighting Risks to Employees

On Thursday, the SEC announced another set of insider trading charges against an employee of CR Intrinsic, an affiliate of the now-infamous hedge fund advisor SAC Capital Advisors. According to the SEC complaint, CR Intrinsic...more

Second Circuit Upholds SEC’s Authority to Obtain Disgorgement from Non-Trading Insider Profits Earned by Portfolio Fund from...

In SEC v. Contorinis, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 2927 (2d Cir. Feb. 18, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the authority of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to obtain...more

The SEC Will Take “Your” Money, Thanks

So let’s say you work for a hedge fund or some other financial institution that engages in proprietary trading , and you’re inclined to do some insider trading on your employer’s behalf. You make your trades, but you’re a...more

SEC Gets Split Verdict In Insider Trading Trial

The SEC obtained a split verdict from a jury against two brothers in an insider trading case. Specifically, the Commission prevailed on Exchange Act Section 14(e) claims against each but lost its Section 10(b) claims. The...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 9

In this issue: - CFTC Issues Advisory on Compliance with Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Security Safeguards - SEC Issues Guidance on Aggregate Advisory Fee Rates for Multi-Manager Funds - Supreme Court Rules that...more

Oops! CalPERS Reportedly Violates Insider Trading Policy Again

Jon Ortiz, who writes The State Worker blog for The Sacramento Bee, recently reported that the California Public Employees Retirement System has again violated its insider trading policy by purchasing shares in an initial...more

SEC v. Contorinis: Second Circuit gives SEC a powerful new tool – for now

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has broadened the Securities and Exchange Commission’s power to seek civil disgorgement of profits from insider trading violations even where an individual did not personally profit from...more

Public Company Adviser - February 2014: Fine-Tuning Your Insider Trading Policy

Several recent high-profile insider trading cases have highlighted the Securities and Exchange Commission’s continued focus on insider trading enforcement. In fact, according to the SEC, over the last three years it has filed...more

SEC Files Insider Trading Action Despite Unknown Tipper

On February 6, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed insider trading charges against Hao He a/k/a Jimmy He in federal district court in Atlanta, Georgia. The SEC alleged that He obtained material, nonpublic information...more

Two Thoughts about the Jury Verdict in SEC v. Steffes

As you may have heard by now, on January 27th a jury in the Northern District of Illinois sided with the defendants and against the SEC in an aggressive insider trading case. Here were the facts as alleged by the SEC and...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 7

In this issue: - CFTC Exempts MTFs from US Registration Requirements - CFTC Guidance Relating to Trading on SEFs and DCMs - NFA Issues Notice to Members Regarding Member Obligations Under NFA Bylaw 1101...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending February 14, 2014)

The Commission prevailed after a two week jury trial in an insider trading case this week, ending a string of losses. The agency also filed two settled actions, one based on insider trading claims and another involving...more

SEC Charges Hao He with Insider Trading, for Some Reason or Another

Here are two things about insider trading law: First, it’s hard to know exactly what the parameters are. The United States doesn’t have a specific statute prohibiting it. It grows out of the general anti-fraud provisions...more

SEC Continues To File Aggressive Insider Trading Actions Despite Losses

The SEC has lost three insider trading cases in the opening weeks of 2014. The inability to establish the source of the claimed inside information – the tipper or that it was misappropriated – is a common thread in the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending February 7, 2014)

Matthew Martoma was convicted of insider trading by a Manhattan jury. That jury found him guilty of one count of conspiracy and two counts of securities fraud. The convictions continues the unbroken string of victories in...more

Jury Rejects Aggressive SEC Insider Trading Claims

The SEC lost another jury trial. Following a nine day trial the jury rejected each of the Commission’s claims in the aggressive insider trading case SEC v. Steffes, Case No. 1:10-cv-06266 (N.D. Ill. Verdict Jan. 27, 2014)....more

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