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In the Wake of Equifax: What Auto Dealers Need to Know About Data Privacy

Following the recent Equifax data breach wherein millions of consumers’ private information may have been compromised, it is increasingly clear that consumer-interfacing businesses need to, and in some cases are required to,...more

Does The SEC Have Exposure For Tipping Inside Information?

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday, I discussed the recent hack of the Securities and Exchange Systems’ electronic filing and retrieval system commonly referred to as EDGAR. In a written statement disclosing the hack, Chairman Jay Clayton speculated...more

MSRB Addresses Selective Disclosure

On September 13, 2017, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (the “MSRB”) published a market advisory on selective disclosure (the “Notice”). The stated purpose of the Notice is to “increase awareness” of selective...more

Equifax Data Breach: Preliminary Lessons for the Adoption and Implementation of Insider Trading Policies

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Insider trading allegations have surfaced at Equifax, a credit rating agency that last week announced a data breach that could potentially affect 143 million consumers in the United States, nearly half of the country’s...more

Divided Second Circuit Panel Abandons Relationship Test From Landmark Newman Decision In Upholding Insider Trading Conviction

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 23, 2017, a divided three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the insider trading conviction of SAC Capital Advisors, LLC (“SAC”) portfolio manager Mathew Martoma. United...more

SEC Charges Adviser With Deficient Controls

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

Revisiting Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans

I am sometimes surprised by the number of insiders who trade in their company’s stock outside of Rule 10b5-1 trading plans. It is often said, with some accuracy, that executive officers, directors and other insiders always...more

What Is The Value of Cooperation With the SEC?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

Split Commission Can't Reverse Insider-Trading Dismissal

by Burr & Forman on

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

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

SEC, Cooperman Settle Insider Trading Claims

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court heard argument this week in a case that may have a significant impact on remedies in SEC enforcement actions. In Kokesh v. SEC the High Court is considering whether the five year statute of limitations it...more

FINRA Dismisses Insider Trading Charges

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 13, 2017, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (“FINRA”) National Adjudicatory Council (the “NAC”) affirmed a hearing panel’s finding that Matthew Joseph Sheerin, a trader formerly with investment firm Angelo...more

SEC Fines Broker-Dealer for Inadequate Information Barriers

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 13, 2017, issued a cease and desist order (Order) and imposed a $100,000 civil penalty against broker-dealer Sidoti & Company, LLC (Broker-Dealer), to settle...more

Watch the Napkin: First Circuit Affirms Insider-Trading Conviction

In what appears to be the first appellate decision since the Supreme Court’s December 2016 ruling in Salman v. United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed an insider-trading conviction based on a...more

SEC Sanctions Broker For No Procedures and then Inadequate Procedures

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission has brought an increasing number of enforcement actions focused on either a failure to comply with firm procedures or for inadequate procedures. In many instances the actions arise from inspections by OCIE. The...more

Insider Trading and Related Risks for Executive Branch Employees: Pay Attention to the STOCK Act

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

As a new administration arrives in the nation’s capital amid heightened scrutiny over conflicts between government service and personal business interests, a little-used law — the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act...more

Intertwining allegations and information… the case of the misused password

by Dentons on

In the case of Eiger Securities LLP v. Korshunova UKEAT/0149/16 the EAT considered what amounted to a protected disclosure when bringing a whistleblowing claim. ...more

Securities Group News: New Guidance on “Personal Benefit” Test of Insider Trading Law

by Murtha Cullina on

For the first time in nearly two decades, the United States Supreme Court has directly addressed the scope of insider trading liability under the federal securities laws. The Court in Salman v. United States considered...more

Bridging the Week - January 2017

Jon Corzine Agrees to US $5 Million Fine and Registration Ban to Settle CFTC Charges Related to Collapse of MF Global; Edith O’Brien to Pay US $500,000: Jon Corzine agreed to resolve charges brought by the Commodity Futures...more

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Broader View of “Personal Benefits” That Can Trigger Insider-Trading Liability

by Miller Canfield on

To be liable for insider trading in violation of the federal securities laws, the insider “tipper” who discloses the inside information must personally benefit, directly or indirectly, from his disclosure to a “tippee” who...more

Supreme Court Revisits Insider-Trading Liability

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Salman reaffirms Dirks and holds that a “gift” of inside information to a trading relative or friend continues to meet the personal-benefit requirement. The Salman Prosecution - In 2011, Bassam Yacoub Salman was...more

United States v. Salman: Supreme Court Reaffirms “Friends With Benefits” Test In Insider Trading Cases

On December 6, 2016, in an opinion written by Justice Alito, the Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Salman v. United States, a closely-watched insider trading tipping case. Salman builds upon...more

The Supreme Court Reaffirms Dirks in Salman

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On December 6th, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its first major decision on insider trading in over 20 years, and affirmed the conviction of Bassam Salman for violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of...more

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