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Insider Trading Before the Supreme Court: Dirks and Salman, Part II

In Part I of this occasional series, the background to U.S. v. Salman and the arguments advanced by the Petitioner-defendant in his opening brief before the Supreme Court were examined. In this segment of the series, the...more

North Carolina Court of Appeals Affirms Right of Former Trustee to Represent Lender in Foreclosure Under Deed of Trust

Recently, the North Carolina Court of Appeals issued an opinion addressing whether a conflict of interest exists when a trustee under a deed of trust initiates a foreclosure proceeding and later represents the lender in that...more

Insider Trading Before the Supreme Court: Dirks and Salaman, Part I

One of the most closely watched cases of the coming Supreme Court term is Salman v. U.S., No. 15-628, the Ninth Circuit’s insider trading decision penned by Judge Rakoff. The issue for decision is the meaning of the “personal...more

Steak And A Small Kickback — An Insider Trading Personal Benefit

What constitutes a personal benefit that results in a breach of duty for insider trading may be resolved by the Supreme Court in the coming term when U.S. v. Salman, 792 F. 3d 1087 (9th Cir. 2015) is decided. In the meantime...more

Tips for Preclearing Insider Trades

Insider trading policies are among the most detailed and confusing of all corporate polices. And though they are not required by any SEC or stock exchange rule, virtually every public company has one. Included in almost every...more

First Circuit Affirms Another Insider-Trading Conviction

On July 26, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed another conviction in a pair of appeals arising from insider-trading prosecutions. The decision in United States v. McPhail confirms that, under...more

SEC Charges Adviser for Failing to Monitor Consultants

The action underscores the need for investment advisers and broker-dealers to maintain robust policies and controls when utilizing third-party contractors. On May 27, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

What You Need to Know About Mergers and Acquisitions Involving Government Contractors and Their Suppliers: Volume VI...

An organizational conflict of interest (“OCI”) arises when the performance of one contract undermines a contractor’s objectivity or creates an unfair competitive advantage with respect to another contract. An agency cannot...more

Left Swinging: Why Mickelson Went Uncharged For Insider Trading

In Depth - The Securities and Exchange Commission recently revealed details of an insider trading case against a gambler named William Walters, who allegedly engaged in insider trading based on information he obtained...more

When Steak and a Massage Equals Insider Trading

Is “wine, steak, and visits to a massage parlor” a quid pro quo personal benefit which, if received in conjunction the dissemination of material, non-public information, is sufficient to establish a breach of duty for illegal...more

Startup Companies Beware: A Shareholder's Right to Obtain Sensitive Company Information

Issuing new shares can help a startup bring in new investors who infuse the company with much needed capital or attract skilled employees who provide the necessary skills, expertise and leadership to help grow the company....more

Wine, Steak, and Massage Parlors Are Personal Benefits for Insider Trading

On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that friends’ gifts of wine, steak dinners, and other luxury items can constitute the types of personal benefit needed to establish a breach of duty in...more

Phil Mickelson is very glad United States v. Newman is the law in the Second Circuit.

Phil Mickelson, whom the SEC describes as a “successful professional golfer,” was not charged with insider trading earlier today. I wasn’t either, and I’m glad about that. And you probably weren’t either! High fives all...more

Bridging the Week - May 2016 #3

Controller of FCM Named in CFTC Complaint, Along with Firm, for Failure to Timely Notify Commission of Segregation Breach: Cunningham Commodities, LLC, a futures commission merchant registered with the Commodity Futures...more

Top 10 Financial Institution Considerations for 2016: #4 – Data Security and Privacy

In our initial article announcing our top 10 considerations for financial institutions in 2016, our fourth consideration was data security and privacy. While the recent focus has been on cybersecurity, it is important to...more

The Fundamentals of Social Media Communication Compliance

Communication via social media is now standard practice, to some extent, at almost all public companies. What once seemed limited to technology and other “forward-thinking” companies has now made its way into the even the...more

Two Thoughts about the Smallest Insider Trading Case in All of Captivity

I shouldn’t write this post, because the SEC surely wants me to write at least part of it. I mean, they don’t care about what I write; I can promise you that. But they want somebody to cover it because of the message they...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has Provided a Breeding Ground for Securities Fraud - Back in 1990, Congress created the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) EB-5...more

SEC Partially Resolves One Action, Concludes Another

The SEC announced the partial resolution of one action last week and the conclusion of another. One centered on the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP. The other concluded an insider trading action involving inside information...more

SEC Enforcement Lays out Approach to Cybersecurity Cases

If you’ve ever attended the annual SEC Speaks conference, you know that the official program is an intensely uninteresting collection of short speeches by SEC officials who don’t have a lot of incentives to say groundbreaking...more

SCOTUS Meant What It Said & Said What It Meant: Dudenhoeffer Imposes Higher Pleading Standards

In a rebuke to the Ninth Circuit, the Supreme Court granted the Amgen defendants’ petition for certiorari, reversed the Ninth Circuit’s judgment and remanded the case for further proceedings consistent with its opinion in the...more

Second Circuit Rejects Riley Appeal over Personal-Benefit Standard for Insider Trading

The Second Circuit last week affirmed the conviction of a former corporate executive on charges of insider trading. The court’s unpublished decision on January 14 in United States v. Riley held that the Government had...more

Supreme Court to Review Insider-Trading Decision on Personal Benefit

On January 19, 2016, the Supreme Court agreed to review the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's decision concerning the "personal benefit" required to establish a claim for insider trading. The grant of certiorari in...more

SEC Steps Up Investigations of Political Intelligence Firms for Insider Trading

In the last few years, Congress, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the courts have significantly increased their efforts to grapple with insider trading in the realm of political intelligence. In 2012,...more

NYSE Amends Rule Regarding Disclosure of Material Nonpublic Information

Companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) are certainly familiar with the NYSE rules regarding public disclosure of material information. Those rules require prompt disclosure of material information that may...more

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