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Respondent was a partner in a law firm, Dorsey & Whitney, which was representing a company that was potentially tendering an offer for common stock of the Pillsbury Company. Respondent was not personally involved in the representation, but he was aware of the transaction enough to know that if he purchased Pillsbury securities now that they would increase in value once the offer went through. Respondent was going to use the profits from this transaction to replace money that he embezzled from the firm and its clients. After the offer went through, he made a $4.3 million profit. The SEC investigated Respondent’s transactions and claimed he violated Section:10(b) and Section:14(e) for misappropriating confidential information. A jury convicted Respondent.
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