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As business complexity grows, insider trading claims rise

In the world of business activity, the one reigning factor for Missouri companies and others across the United States is often complexity, especially for businesses that operate on a regional or national level.

In recent years, and in tandem with ever-increasing business complexity, a growing regulatory focus has been on various acts of alleged fraudulent activity occurring within complex business environments.

So-called white collar crime is, in fact, an overtly stated concern and focus of government enforcement agencies, with both federal and state investigative groups actively seeking to uncover and vigorously prosecute fraudulent behavior.

Insider trading in particular has been a heightened target of investigatory probes in recent years. A recent media article discusses a study examining such trading, noting that, while increasingly sophisticated technology indeed evidences that this type of fraud is increasing in the corporate world, there are also factors at work that offer a more innocent explanation for activity that might look fraudulent, but, in fact, is not.

Technology works two ways. It enables regulators to look for fraudulent patterns and connections, but is also helps individuals and companies more accurately identify business trends and likelihoods. In other words, much more acumen is displayed these days than in prior years concerning merger predictions, where a stock price is headed and so forth. Not every transaction that results in a boon for a person or company is suspect. Often the outcome is based on enhanced skills and sophisticated research.

And sometimes, given the sheer complexities of big business, an individual employee acting ethically and in good faith is nonetheless ensnared in a government investigation of alleged corporate wrongdoing.

As this blog has previously noted, the government prosecutes all persons caught up in an alleged criminal activity with equal veracity, notwithstanding that one or more of them might have committed or abetted a crime unknowingly.

In such a case, an experienced fraud defense attorney can offer candid guidance and strong legal representation.

 

Source: DealBreaker "Crackdown on insider trading seems to have led to more insider trading," Matt Levine, June 3, 2013

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