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Market Manipulation Investigations

Spoofing and other market manipulation remains a top priority for law enforcement agencies. The line separating legal from illegal trading is often unclear. Avoiding or defending against regulatory action requires deep understanding of markets, trading strategies and the legal framework.

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Market manipulation is an ever-evolving area. The changing nature and increased globalisation of markets mean that the scope for manipulation, and the possibility of being accused of it, are also subject to variation.

Successfully avoiding, or defending against, regulatory action in this area requires an in-depth understanding of trading and market mechanics.  It also requires experience facing off against the  regulatory agencies that oversee the markets and impose criminal and civil penalties.

Rahman Ravelli specialises in guiding traders, investors and financial firms through the vast amounts of market manipulation regulation in two of the world’s largest and most active markets: the United States and the United Kingdom.  Our cross-border team has vast experience of representing clients facing scrutiny or legal action from these countries’ primary market regulators, including the CFTC, SEC, DOJ, SFO, and FCA.

We also routinely advise clients involved in internal investigations related to potential market-related misconduct.  Our aggressive approach to market manipulation matters starts with a deep dive into the conduct at issue to fully understand the trading strategies that may lay behind it.  We then work with our clients and our network of trading experts to craft a defence narrative explaining why no laws or regulations were violated.

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Joshua L. Ray


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Joshua Ray represents individuals and corporates in complex investigations, prosecutions and regulatory actions regarding market manipulation and multijurisdictional matters involving fraud, bribery and money laundering.

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Legal Articles

SPACS and The Law
Syedur Rahman, partner at financial crime specialists Rahman Ravelli, assesses the legal issues relevant to the rise of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). 

5 min read - Published Mar 2021
The EU Market Abuse Directive and the right to silence
Nicola Sharp of Rahman Ravelli considers a ruling that affects an individual’s ability to avoid self-incrimination

2 min read - Published Feb 2021
Market Manipulation in the UK
Anti-manipulation regulations in the U.K. stem mainly from the E.U.’s Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) No 596/2014, which came into effect in 2016 while the U.K. was still an E.U. member (and therefore c...

12 min read - Published Feb 2021


Under the Spotlight - Spoofing and Market Manipulation

Joshua Ray will host a webinar that examines spoofing and market manipulation from all possible angles.

30th November - 12:30pm GMT

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