2 SEC Insider Trading Cases Filed

The SEC filed back to back insider trading cases just prior to the Christmas holiday against unknown option purchasers. Each centers huge option trading positions. Each was brought to obtain a freeze of the trading profits. These cases contrast sharply with the recent expert network criminal complaint...

Lessons From 2 SEC Losses In Court

Financial fraud and insider trading have long been priorities for SEC enforcement. Years of enforcement experience should give the agency expertise in these matters. That expertise coupled, with a judicious use of prosecutorial discretion, and a recognition of the impact that allegations of wrongful...

Thomas O. Gorman: This Week In Securities Litigation (April 1, 2011)

In the week ending with "April Fools Day," the Commission continued to issue proposed regulations to implement the Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act. SEC Enforcement focused on investment fund fraud actions, filing or resolving seven cases. The Commission also brought a significant...

Thomas O. Gorman Covers This Week In Securities Litigation

Prosecutors concluded their case-in-chief in the Galleon insider trading trial this week. SEC enforcement, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey, brought an insider trading case against an attorney, a former associate of three prominent law firms, and a professional trader...

New Litigation Filed In Delaware Against Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, et al.

Kirby v. Sokol, et al., Del. Ch. No. 6392, is the caption of a lawsuit filed earlier this week in the Delaware Court of Chancery which arises out of the recent resignation of the heir apparent to the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, based on widely-reported allegations in the mainstream press and elsewhere...

Thomas O. Gorman On This Week in Securities Litigation

As the Galleon insider trading trial draws to a close and the Lindsey FCPA trial moved forward in the Central District of California, one of the few senior executives charged in a market crisis case was found guilty by a jury after a ten day trial. SEC enforcement brought actions based on an undisclosed...

Thomas O. Gorman On This Week in Securities Litigation -May 13, 2011

The war on insider trading by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney was propelled forward this week with the conviction of Galleon hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam on all fourteen counts. At the same time another defendant in the expert network investigation pleaded guilty. DOJ also prevailed in an FCPA jury...

The Week in Securities Litigation: Rogue Trader, SEC Expands Market Crisis Probe

As the week drew to a close reports surfaced of a rogue trader who had run up $2 billion in trading losses at UBS in London while the SEC reportedly is expanding its market crisis probe. At the same time Congress heard testimony from SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro regarding the Commission's efforts to...

The Week In Securities Litigation: Scandal Surfaces Again At The SEC

Scandal surfaced again at the SEC this week. The SEC IG referred a matter involving the former general counsel of the agency to the DOJ. The matter centers on conflicts arising out of his handling of the Madoff clawback claims for the Commission. That referral was followed by testimony before a House...

The Week in Securities Litigation: Galleon Defendants Sentenced; SEC Files, Settles Cases

This week three Galleon related defendants were sentenced to prison for insider trading, including Raji Rajaratnam. The Commission filed another significant market crisis case naming the senior officers of a failed bank as defendants. The Commission also filed a settled insider trading case, an action...

Former Galleon Chief Ordered To Pay SEC Record $92.8 Million Penalty

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) A federal judge in New York on Nov. 8 ordered former Galleon Management Co. General Partner Raj Rajaratnam to pay a nearly $93 million civil penalty to the Securities and Exchange Commission for his role in a massive insider trading scheme ( Securities and Exchange Commission...

SEC Files 2 More Settled Insider Trading Actions

After resolving insider trading charges against Diamondback Capital in the Dell insider trading cases, the Commission filed two more settled insider trading actions. SEC v. Shafer, Civ. Action No. 1:12-CV-00062 (S.D. Ohio Filed Jan. 24, 2012); SEC v. Ward, Civ. Action No. 1:12-CV-00061 (S.D. Ohio Filed...

The Week in Securities Litigation: 2 Split Decisions For The SEC, Another Galleon-Related Insider Trading Case Brought

Budgets were a key topic this week. The President proposed one which would increase the SEC's funding. The agency also proposed a budget for FY 2013 which would increase the size of the Enforcement Division by adding 191 positions. In Court the SEC had two split decisions. In one action centered...

The Week In Securities Litigation: FCPA Action Part Of Sweep Of Medical Device Industry

The Commission approved new rules regarding the much discussed consolidated audit trail this week while continuing to issue rules under Dodd-Frank. Now the exchanges and FINRA will be required to implement the provisions regarding the consolidated audit trail. SEC enforcement brought actions centered...

The Week In Securities Litigation: SEC Brings Another Insider Trading Action

SEC enforcement brought another insider trading action this week in addition to a case alleging a manipulation, one claiming violations of Regulation M, Rule 105 and one alleging a failure to supervise. The Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office secured another guilty plea in its expert network insider...

The Week In Securities Litigation: NYSE Settles Proceeding; SEC files Insider Trading Actions

The New York Stock Exchange settled a proceeding [last] week which alleged that it provided trading information to select proprietary clients prior to releasing it to the public over the last four year. The Commission also filed insider trading actions centered on a corporate director and a registered...

The Week In Securities Litigation: SEC Files Several Significant Actions, 2 Against Goldman Sachs

As the end of the government fiscal year approaches, the Commission filed several significant actions. Two involved Goldman Sachs and a former employee in a pay-to-play scheme centered on political contributions and business in the municipal markets. A significant market crisis case was brought against...

The Week In Securities Litigation: Focus On White Collar Criminal Securities Cases

The focus this week was on white collar criminal securities cases. First, Rajat Gjupta, the former Goldman Sachs director convicted of passing confidential information to former hedge fund mogul Raja Rajartnam was sentenced. Second, Mr. Rajartnam's appeal of his conviction on insider trading and...

Portfolio Manager Charged Over Role In $276 Million Insider Trading Scheme

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on Nov. 21 announced the unsealing of insider trading charges against a former portfolio manager for a division of a group of affiliated hedge funds for his role...

SEC, USAO Bring Insider Trading Charges Against 7 Individuals

T he SEC and the U.S. Attorney's Office, New Jersey, brought civil and criminal insider trading charges against, respectively, six and seven individuals based on a five year insider trading ring that garnered over $1.4 million in illegal profits. Three of the individuals are executives at pharmaceutical...

The Week In Securities Litigation: SEC Targets Chinese Affiliates of Major Audit Firms, Market Professionals

Chinese affiliates of major audit firms and market professionals were the focus of securities enforcement litigation this week. Five PRC based affiliates of major international accounting firms were named as Respondents in an administrative proceeding the Commission directed be filed under Rule 102(e...

The Week In Securities Litigation: SEC, CFTC Chairmen Testify; 2 Sentenced To Long Prison Terms

SEC Chairman Elise Walter and CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler testified before a Senate Committee this week, focusing on the implementation of Dodd-Frank. The SEC also approved the budget for the PCAOB. Two former senior executive in the organization of jailed Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford were sentenced...

The Week In Securities Litigation: SEC Settles 2 Insider Trading Cases

The SEC settled two insider trading cases this week in which S.A.C. Capital was named as a relief defendant. In one it obtained the largest payment to date in an insider trading case, about $600 million. Reportedly S.A.C. Capital will fund the settlement. The second was one of the Dell insider trading...

The Week in Securities Litigation: SAC Capital, Insider Trading And Facebook Dominate

Speculation about SAC Capital and Steve Cohen, insider trading and Facebook dominated securities enforcement litigation this week. Although SAC Capital has tentatively resolved matters for the moment with enforcement officials, a ruling in private litigation involving Mr. Cohen sparked fresh speculation...

The Week In Securities Litigation: $600 Million Insider Trading Settlement Reached

The Second Circuit's pending decision in the Commission's Citigroup market crisis case continues to loom as Judge Marreno approved the over $600 million insider trading settlement involving SAC Capital - conditioned on the outcome of Citigroup. New Chairman Mary Jo White's former partner...