Commodities Market Manipulation Lawyers

Commodities Market Manipulation Whistleblower Lawyers

Securities laws were written to create an even playing field in the sometimes high-stakes world of finance. Insider trading and other forms of market manipulation are clear violations of those laws, and even high-profile people have been fined or prosecuted for it. The federal agencies that regulate the securities industry seek out this kind of fraud. In fact, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has expressly called for whistleblowers to come forward with information about a variety of unlawful market manipulation techniques in the futures and swaps markets.

The federal government has created a whistleblower program to incentivize exactly this kind of report. The securities whistleblower attorneys at the Law Firm of David R. Chase and the Silver Law Group help whistleblowers make successful reports, collect financial rewards and, when necessary, protect their interests before federal agencies.

When It’s Bad To Be An Insider

Federal law forbids trading on the basis of “material nonpublic information.” That’s information not available to the general public, which is important to the decision to trade and was obtained unlawfully or dishonestly. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission published a document in 2019 asking the public to look out for illegal trading on the basis of material nonpublic information in the following circumstances:

  • Trading based on information the source had a duty to protect
  • Front-running, or trading based on a broker’s knowledge of information that is not yet public but will likely affect prices
  • Brokers taking positions contrary to their customers’ positions without disclosure and consent
  • Trading on material nonpublic information obtained by fraud or deception
  • Trading on material nonpublic information obtained through employment
  • Improperly disclosing customer orders
  • In swap markets, improperly disclosing information or using a counterparty’s information without consent
Level The Playing Field

In that document, the Commission asked members of the public to come forward with information they had about those or any other violations of the Commodity Exchange Act. Other financial regulatory agencies, such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, handle complaints about violations of other securities laws. And, thanks to the Dodd-Frank financial reform act, those who do “blow the whistle” on financial crimes can be rewarded financially for coming forward—and they can count on their information being kept as confidential as the agencies can keep it.

To get those benefits, however, you need to make sure your complaint gets noticed—and follow the rules that lead to an award. The Silver Law Group and the Law Firm of David R. Chase can help. As securities attorneys with many years of experience, we know how to deal with regulators and how to maximize your chances of an award. For a free, confidential consultation about your information and its value, contact us through our website or call us today at 800.975.4345.