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In United States v. Trovias, in a first of its kind prosecution, the Southern District of New York (SDNY) brought an insider trading case against Apostolos Trovias for selling inside information on the Dark Web. Unsurprisingly, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also brought a civil regulatory action against Trovias for the same conduct. In a rare move, however, SDNY and SEC charged this same conduct under different insider trading statutes. This difference underscores the legal complexities involved when the origin of inside information in the digital world is unknown. It also highlights the desire of both agencies to be aggressive in applying insider trading laws to crimes involving modern technologies. Ultimately, these cases show that the government will be active in policing the use of technology for insider trading, including through messaging apps and social media.
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By Peter Collins
It is imperative that every organization acknowledges and takes seriously the potential harm that can be caused by insiders who misuse AI as a weapon for personal gain or to settle scores.
By Elkan Abramowitz and Jonathan Sack
This article analyzes the Second Circuit’s decision, which rejected the defense’s arguments for narrowing the definition of “corruptly” and a “thing of value” in the context of Section 215(a)(2).
By Sarah Heaton Concannon and Alexander Schwartz
This article identifies certain information asymmetries in the SEC’s beneficial ownership reporting rules, discusses the extent to which those information asymmetries are addressed (or not) under the SEC’s recent rule amendments, and considers whether additional rule amendments or SEC guidance continue to be necessary.
By Maydeen Merino
Artificial intelligence could drive greater efficiency and lower costs in the finance sector but U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler warned last month about companies potentially making false claims about using the technology, a nefarious practice known as “AI washing.”