Insider trading occurs when a person with a fiduciary duty to a publically traded company uses knowledge about specific information to make decisions on buying or selling stocks in that company. If you've been charged with this offense, you could be facing prison time, high fines, and a ruined reputation.
At Martin G. Weinberg, Attorney at Law, we have over 4 decades of experience providing skilled defense to those accused of insider trading and has represented clients in federal courts. When you retain the services of our knowledgeable lawyer, we will leverage our skills and in-depth understanding of the legal processes to fight your charges. From the beginning of your case until its resolution, we will ensure that your rights have not been violated and are protected throughout the process. If any injustices have occurred, we will challenge them to weaken the prosecutor's case against you.
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Various people have numerous roles within businesses. Many of them either have a fiduciary duty to (meaning the best interests of that company are their priority) or some other type of "relationship of trust" with that company. These individuals may have access to confidential information about the corporation. They are considered insiders.
Insider trading occurs when a person with material, non-public information uses their knowledge to purchase or sell stock in a particular company for their own gain. They can commit this offense when they directly use that information or they indirectly tip off someone else to influence their decisions about what to do with a particular stock. For instance, if the CEO of a publically traded company knows the quarterly earnings and tells their friend to sell their stock before the information is out, they could be charged with insider trading.
Information is considered material when it is related to the performance of a corporation and can affect buying or selling decisions. It's non-public when the public does not have legal access to it.
Although insider trading generally has negative connotations, not all forms of it are illegal. What separates legal from illegal insider trading is when it occurred. As mentioned above, it's unlawful for a person to make a trade based on material information that the public does not have. However, if a company's quarterly earnings have been released, and an insider makes a trade after that, their actions may not be a criminal offense as long as they go through the proper processes with the U.S. Securities Exchange and Commission.
In an insider trading case, the prosecution must prove that you had a fiduciary duty or relationship of trust with a company and used knowledge of material, non-public information with the intent to gain from buying or selling your shares. At Martin G. Weinberg, Attorney at Law, our Boston white collar crime lawyer will thoroughly analyze your case to spot weaknesses in the evidence against you. We will work hard toward a favorable outcome on your behalf.
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