Brian Hoffman

Brian Hoffman

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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SEC Annual Conference Highlights 2014 Accomplishments and Promises to Turn Up the Heat in 2015

With Chair Mary Jo White in her second year at the helm, the Securities and Exchange Commission showcased its efforts, improvements, and enforcement successes at this year’s SEC Speaks Conference. The Commission highlighted...more

3/11/2015 - Broker-Dealer Enforcement Actions FCPA Financial Reporting Fraud Insider Trading Mary Jo White SEC

Lying to Examiners Can Lead Quickly to Criminal Charges

Hell hath no fury like a regulator (allegedly) lied to. This week, the SEC brought civil charges, and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York brought criminal charges, against a broker-dealer and its founder...more

8/14/2014 - Books & Records Broker-Dealer Criminal Prosecution Falsified Documents Lying SEC

FINRA Sanctions a Broker for Violating Japanese Insider Trading Law

On July 2, 2014, FINRA announced that it barred a former equity trader from the securities industry based on its finding that he violated Japanese insider trading law by trading in the securities of a Japanese company listed...more

7/10/2014 - Brokers Compliance Financial Crimes FINRA Insider Trading Japan Sanctions Stocks

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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