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SEC’s Chairman Makes Changes After the Agency’s Latest Cyber-Attack

by Burr & Forman on

The Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has been busy the last couple months on the cyber front. On September 20, the SEC announced a renewed focus on cybersecurity efforts and disclosed that it had been a victim of a...more

Cyberattacked: The SEC Joins the Club

by Bracewell LLP on

On September 20, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that its system for electronic filing for public company disclosures, EDGAR, was compromised last year and that hackers may have used exposed information for...more

Equifax Data Breach Highlights SEC Disclosure Obligations for Public Companies in the Wake of Cybersecurity Attacks

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the country’s three primary credit reporting bureaus, announced it had suffered a major cybersecurity breach that could potentially affect half of the U.S. population. According to the...more

MSRB Warns Municipalities, Underwriters and Municipal Advisors about Selective Disclosure

Regulation FD prohibits public companies from disclosing material nonpublic information to designated classes of persons such as securities professionals and holders of the issuer’s securities without, in most cases,...more

Government Leaks Lead to Landmark Insider Trading Case

On May 24, 2017, the SEC for the first time brought charges based on allegations of insider trading on confidential government information. The alleged insider trading scheme involved tips related to three announcements by...more

New York's New Cybersecurity Rules: Will DFS Rule the Financial Services Cyberworld?

by Dentons on

This month, the long-gestating regulation from the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) mandating that extensive cybersecurity measures be taken by New York-licensed insurance companies and banks, as well as other...more

Insider Trading Around Private Placements: Was Tom Price’s Investment Down Under Above Board?

On February 10, the Senate confirmed Representative Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services, where he will oversee the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His nomination has not been without...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

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

New York Financial Services Regulator Issues Revisions to Proposed Cybersecurity Regulation

by Alston & Bird on

Today, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) released a revised version of the proposed cybersecurity regulations that it first issued in September. According to a press release issued by DFS Superintendent...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

Timely Reminders to Avoid Inadvertent Tipping Liability

by King & Spalding on

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

Is That What Friends (and Family) Are For? Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split in Insider Trading Case But Questions Remain

by Polsinelli on

A recent Supreme Court decision provides new guidance in the area of insider trading liability without personal benefit, and resolves an existing split between the Ninth Circuit and Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In Salman...more

Salman v. U.S.: Supreme Court Resolves Insider Trading Split

On December 6, 2016, the United States Supreme Court affirmed an insider trading conviction in a case where the “insider” obtained no direct pecuniary benefit from the disclosure. Justice Samuel Alito, writing for a...more

Supreme Court Lowers Burden in Insider Trading Prosecutions

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On December 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its first insider trading decision in nearly two decades unanimously affirming the Ninth Circuit and holding that an insider’s “gift” of confidential information to a...more

The Supreme Court Restores Implied Benefit Theory in Insider Trading Prosecutions of Downstream Tippees

Friends and relatives of corporate insiders who knowingly receive and trade on inside information now confront greater exposure for federal securities laws violations. On December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court held in United...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Insider Trading

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has clarified what constitutes illegal insider trading by making it easier for the government to bring such cases. In a Dec. 6, 2016, unanimous decision in Salman v. United States, the court held that...more

United States Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Insider Trading

Today, the United States Supreme Court held that an individual may be convicted of insider trading after receiving an investment tip from an insider who obtained no direct financial benefit from the disclosure. In a unanimous...more

Supreme Court Weighs In On Insider Trading Law – Finds Giving Gifts Can Be Its Own Reward

by Goodwin on

In its decision issued yesterday in Salman v. United States, 580 U.S. __ (2016), the United States Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a criminal insider trading conviction even though there was no evidence that the tipper...more

In Salman v. United States, Supreme Court Holds that the Government Need Not Prove that an Insider Received a Pecuniary Benefit in...

by King & Spalding on

On December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Salman v. United States, holding that a tipper’s gift of confidential, inside information to a trading relative constituted a sufficient personal benefit...more

The Salman Decision-The Supreme Court Weighs in on Insider Trading

by Morgan Lewis on

Significant decision comes after nearly two decades of silence. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the US Supreme Court has weighed in on insider trading law and handed a victory to the government and its insider...more

Supremes Reaffirm Dirks Gifting Theory of Insider Trading; Limit Newman

by Burr & Forman on

A unanimous Supreme Court reaffirmed the “gifting” theory of insider trading under Dirks and rejected Newman “to the extent” it required more. The Court’s long-standing rule in Dirks v. SEC, 463 U.S. 646, 664 (1983)...more

United States Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Insider Trading

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court held that an individual may be convicted of insider trading after receiving an investment tip from an insider who obtained no direct financial benefit from the disclosure. In a...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms Personal-Benefit Requirement for Insider Trading

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The Supreme Court confirmed today that the "personal benefit" required to establish a claim for insider trading can consist of making a gift of material, nonpublic information to a family member or friend and that an exchange...more

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