Ms Ann C Kim

Ann C Kim


White Collar Crime

Second Circuit doubles down on insider trading liability for corporate outsiders
USA | 31 May 2021

The Second Circuit recently affirmed the insider trading conviction of Benjamin Chow, a corporate outsider who was found guilty of tipping off his former colleague about a potential acquisition of a US publicly traded company. The Second Circuit has once again addressed the issue of whether the breach of a duty of confidentiality created by a non-disclosure agreement can form the basis for insider trading liability. This is a cautionary tale for corporate outsiders of the potential liability that they could face.

From Bridgegate to Wall Street: Kelly, Blaszczak and the scope of insider trading liability
USA | 24 May 2021

Since the Supreme Court's decision in United States v Kelly, the scope of the decision's impact on federal white collar criminal prosecution has been an open question. The potential implications for insider trading prosecutions were made clear in United States v Blaszczak, with the Supreme Court vacating a US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decision that had affirmed four insider trading convictions. As these cases reflect, the scope of insider trading liability has been, and remains, in a state of flux.

SEC ramps up enforcement activity in wake of COVID-19
USA | 26 October 2020

When the United States began grappling with COVID-19 in March 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Enforcement acted swiftly to make clear to market participants that it was ramping up its efforts to identify and prevent fraud in the wake of the pandemic. Approximately seven months later, statistics released by the SEC bear this out.

Individual prosecutions under FCPA: more trials and more case law
USA | 07 September 2020

Individual prosecutions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) have markedly increased over the past five years. This increase in case law will help to better define local, regional and international enforcement. In addition, more FCPA case law shedding clarity on open issues will be a boon to lawyers, judges and scholars seeking to understand the contours of a complex statute – the elucidation of which has previously been almost the sole province of enforcers.