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Fighting Against Insider Trading Charges in Tennessee

At May & McKinney, PLLC, we are your trusted partner in navigating Tennessee's complex world of insider trading. Our team of Nashville insider trading lawyers is here to protect your interests, whether you're facing allegations of insider trading or need guidance to ensure compliance.

Call May & McKinney, PLLC today at (615) 265-6383 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our insider trading lawyer in Nashville.

What is Insider Trading?

Insider trading is considered a white-collar crime when individuals with access to non-public, material information about a company use that information to trade securities, such as stocks or bonds, for their gain or provide it to others for financial benefit. This practice undermines the integrity of financial markets and erodes investor confidence. It's essential to understand that insider trading can take various forms, including:

  • Trading on Material Non-Public Information: This is the most common form of insider trading, where an individual buys or sells securities based on confidential information not yet disclosed to the public.
  • Tipping: When an insider provides confidential information to someone else who then trades on that information, they can also be held liable for insider trading.
  • Misappropriation: This occurs when someone misappropriates non-public information and uses it for trading, even if they are not directly associated with the company in question.

What are the Penalties for Insider Trading in Tennessee?

Insider trading is taken seriously at both the federal and state levels. In Tennessee, penalties for insider trading can be severe and may include:

  • Criminal Charges: Those convicted of insider trading can face criminal charges that may result in imprisonment, substantial fines, or both. The severity of the penalties often depends on the scale of the illegal trading and the financial impact on the market.
  • Civil Penalties: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) can impose civil penalties, including fines, disgorgement of profits, and injunctions against further violations.
  • Professional Consequences: Insider trading convictions can lead to the revocation of professional licenses, such as stockbroker licenses or licenses to practice law.
  • Reputation Damage: Being accused or convicted of insider trading can severely damage your personal and professional reputation, making it challenging to rebuild trust.
  • Victim Restitution: Courts may order individuals found guilty of insider trading to pay restitution to victims who suffered financial losses due to their actions.

Defenses Against Insider Trading Charges

Some common defenses against insider trader charges may include:

  • Lack of Materiality: Proving that the information you possessed was not material, meaning it would not have significantly affected a reasonable investor's decision, can be a valid defense.
  • Lack of Intent: Demonstrating that you did not have the intent to commit insider trading can be a persuasive defense. This can be challenging for the prosecution to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • Public Information: If the information you traded on was already in the public domain, you may have a valid defense. Insider trading laws apply to non-public information.
  • Procedural Errors: Challenging the legality of the investigation or arrest procedures may result in evidence being excluded from the case.
  • Mistaken Identity: It can be a powerful defense if you can prove that you were not responsible for the alleged insider trading.

Contact Our Insider Trading Attorney in Nashville Today

Navigating insider trading allegations or investigations requires experienced legal representation. At May & McKinney, PLLC, we are committed to providing comprehensive legal counsel and representation. Our Nashville insider trading attorneys are ready to advocate, protect your rights, and work toward the best possible resolution for your case. Your financial well-being and standing are at stake, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

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