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19 Mar '18

Bloomberg Law's Securities Regulation & Law Report has published the article “Big Data and the Risks of Insider Trading,” written by Peter Altman and Kelly Handschumacher, litigation partner and associate, respectively, at Akin Gump, and Jennifer Hustwitt, a vice president in the financial institutions group at Marsh & McLennan. The article looks at how investment advisors can prevent, or even mitigate, liability for insider trading in connection with the use of alternative data.

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28 Feb '18

Akin Gump has issued an alert on SEC guidance regarding disclosure of material cybersecurity risks and incidents to investors, comprehensive policies and procedures related to cybersecurity risks and insider trading policies of public companies that should address and protect against misuse of nonpublic information related to cybersecurity risks.

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24 Jan '18

SEC regulatory relief

We expect that the Trump administration and the Republican-led U.S. Congress will advance significant policy shifts and rule changes at the SEC that are designed to encourage companies toward public ownership and to facilitate capital formation in both public and private markets.

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03 Nov '17

This week we highlight a speech by Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, on cybersecurity and retail investor protection. In her remarks, she addresses the key priorities of the Enforcement Division in its allocation of resources, including its focus on retail investors, cyber-related issues, the conduct of investment advisers and broker-dealers, financial fraud and disclosure issues, and insider trading.

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23 Jun '17

This week we highlight Professor John Coffee Jr.’s article “Hobson’s CHOICE: The Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 and the Future of SEC Administrative Enforcement”, analyzing the Financial CHOICE Act and in particular its impact on SEC enforcement. This post was published in the Columbia law school’s blog on corporations and the capital markets.

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09 Jun '17

This week, the Supreme Court in Kokesh v. SEC unanimously held that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) equitable disgorgement remedy is subject to a five-year statute of limitations because it is a “penalty” within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. § 2462, which governs “an action, suit or proceeding for the enforcement of any civil fine, penalty, or forfeiture.” Before Kokesh, some circuits had held that the SEC could obtain disgorgement of the entire amount of the ill-gotten gains or losses avoided, even those that extended well beyond the five-year statute of limitations associated with most federal securities laws. Kokesh clarifies that both civil penalties and disgorgement are subject to the same five-year limitations period.

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08 Dec '16

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 Dirks v. SEC, 463 U.S. 646 (1983), a landmark decision in insider trading law decided more than thirty years ago.  In Dirks, the Supreme Court established the basic template for tipper-tippee liability, holding that:  (a) a tipper is liable if he or she discloses material nonpublic information to someone else in breach of a fiduciary duty and in order to receive a personal benefit; and (b) a tippee is liable if he or she knows that the tipper has disclosed inside information in breach of a duty and for a personal benefit, but trades on the basis of the information anyway.  463 U.S. at 659-60. 

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