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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 Fotis Konstantinidis, Michael Pace and Jason Wright
This article explains the DOJ’s recent emphasis on robust data analytics in anti-corruption compliance programs, outlines how data analytics can and should be used in these programs, and suggests an approach to help legal counsel and companies determine if corporate programs will pass muster with the DOJ.
By Brad Kutner
They say every defendant deserves an attorney, and that surely includes a former president, but how does a lawyer defend someone facing multiple indictments in multiple districts all while they’re running a campaign to return to the White House? Several white-collar defense attorneys who spoke with Business Crimes Bulletin’s ALM sibling The National Law Journal have some ideas.
By Robert J. Anello and Richard F. Albert
The Supreme Court’s Dubin decision is another worthy entrant in the long running series of SCOTUS decisions applying judicial restraints where prosecutors seem unable to restrain themselves.
By Maydeen Merino
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have proposed merger guidelines that reflect the Biden administration’s aggressive enforcement approach to corporate acquisitions that considers not only their effect on competition but on the labor market, antitrust attorneys said.