Brian Hoffman

Brian Hoffman

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Financial Reporting & Accounting Enforcement Annual Review - 2013

In This Issue: Introduction; Redesigning the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, Again; Focus Areas: What’s Next; Overview of 2013 Cases; Public Company, Officer, and Director Trends; Audit Firm and Auditor Trends; Rule...more

1/29/2014 - Audits Compliance Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Enforcement Enforcement Actions PCAOB SEC

FINRA Continues Focusing on Suitability of Complex, Non-Traditional ETFs

FINRA recently announced another settled disciplinary proceeding alleging unsuitable sales of levered and inverse exchange-traded funds (ETFs). This second such announcement in recent months involving non-traditional ETFs...more

1/13/2014 - Enforcement Enforcement Actions Exchange-Traded Products FINRA

Insider Trading Annual Review - 2013

Looking Back - 2013 witnessed several long-anticipated developments in the world of insider trading, punctuating another year of aggressive enforcement in the United States and abroad. After years of pursuit, the...more

1/8/2014 - Compliance DOJ Insider Trading SEC White Collar Crimes

Is Exercising Employee Stock Options Illegal Insider Trading? Maybe

Amidst the flurry of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cases involving improper employee stock option backdating several years ago, many commentators opined on the potential insider trading implications of companies'...more

12/9/2013 - Compliance Insider Trading SEC Stock Options

What’s Old is New Again: Total Settles FCPA Charges Involving Decade-Old Conduct

This week the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that France-based oil and gas company Total S.A. resolved Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) charges by agreeing to pay a...more

6/3/2013 - Bribery Compliance DOJ FCPA Penalties SEC Settlement Total SA

What Does Cooperation Buy You?

Cooperation. The word is filled with meaning for enforcement professionals. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice profess to weigh it heavily when making charging and sanctioning...more

4/9/2013 - Cooperation Initiative DOJ Insider Trading Penalties Prison SEC

The SEC Speaks: Reflections and Enforcement Initiatives in 2013

Each year at The SEC Speaks, the Commissioners and senior leadership of the Securities and Exchange Commission identify the agency’s priorities and initiatives for the coming year. Of course, one of the most anticipated...more

3/6/2013 - Asset Management Disclosure Requirements FCPA Fraud Insider Trading SEC Whistleblowers

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