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A Pair Of Pharma Insider Trading Cases

Pharmaceutical company stock is known to be volatile depending on success or failure of drug trials. As pharma companies become successful they become targets for larger pharma companies looking to supplement their lines. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed two actions recently for suspect trading in pharma companies. The first case is a bread and […]

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A Bad Bet On Insider Trading

The recent insider trading case against William “Billy” Walters of Las Vegas is fascinating for all of the players involved, including him. Plenty has been written about the charges because it implicates pro golfer Phil Mickelson and former Dean Foods board member Thomas C. Davis. All three are implicated in insider trading. How did they get […]

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Love For Your Mother Can Be Insider Trading

Lawrencia Afriyie took some risky bets in the market. She bought out-of-the-money options, but made $1.5 million in profits. It just so happens that her son, John, worked for for an investment firm that had material non-public information on the target of those options. According to the SEC complaint, John Afriyie worked at an investment […]

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The SEC’s Insider Trading Case Falls Further Apart

Five years ago, the SEC came crashing into the offices of Level Global Investors accusing it of engaging in illegal insider trading. The firm agreed to pay $21.5 million in settlement money to resolve that insider trading investigation. Now it wants its money money back. When it comes to insider trading, it’s not the firm […]

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When a Compliance Officer Breaks Bad

There has been considerable discussion in the compliance community around the Securities and Exchange Commission bringing charges against compliance officers. There are three areas that the SEC feels it is justified in bringing charges: (1) when the compliance officer is involved in the wrongdoing; (2) when the compliance officer impedes the examination or investigation; and […]

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Outside Trading Defendants Settle

A month ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought charges against a large network of traders who made a big pile of money by hacking into corporate press release websites and trading on the news before it was made public. Two traders, who made $25 million in the scheme, settled the charges against them and […]

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What’s in your Wallet? Insider Trading

It’s clearly insider when a company’s high-level executive trades on pending earnings data not yet released to the public. It’s clearly not insider trading when you count cars in a retailer’s parking lot to get insight to sales. A recent SEC case falls somewhere in the middle. The Securities and Exchange Commission brought charges against […]

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Another Tale of Golf Course Stock Tips Ending Up in a Sand Trap of Insider Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission brought another insider trading case where the tips were allegedly traded on the golf course. “Country clubs or similar venues may give people a false sense of security that leads them to think they can get away with trading on unlawful stock tips,” said Paul G. Levenson, director of the […]

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A Cliche Is Proven

One cliche thrown around is that tipping a golf buddy to material non-public information is an insider trading violation. The Securities and Exchange Commission just filed a case that proved that cliche true. Eric McPhail learned the expected earnings and major pending corporate developments at American Superconductor through a friend who is (was?) an executive […]

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Cleaning Up An Oil Spill Is Insider Trading

Keith A. Seilhan was 20-year employee of BP and a senior responder during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Seilhan directed BP’s oil skimming operations and its efforts to contain the expansion of the oil spill. What he saw scared him so he sold his entire portfolio of BP stock. The Securities and Exchange Commission […]

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