Charles F. Connolly

Charles F. Connolly

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Court Of Appeals Reins in Prosecutors in Insider Trading Cases

In a landmark insider trading decision issued on December 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit made important pronouncements favorable to the defense on two recurring and important legal issues: (1) what is...more

12/16/2014 - Hedge Funds Illegal Tipping Insider Trading Material Nonpublic Information Personal Benefit Portfolio Managers Rule 10b-5 Securities Securities Fraud US v Newman

Supreme Court Declines to Review 3rd Circuit Ruling; Crime-Fraud Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege Decision Persists

On November 10, 2014, the Supreme Court (No. 14-389) declined to review the 3rd Circuit decision (No. 13-1237), In Re: Grand Jury Subpoena, leaving intact the 3rd Circuit’s ruling on the proper bounds of the crime-fraud...more

11/11/2014 - Anti-Corruption Attorney-Client Privilege Compliance Corporate Counsel Crime-Fraud Exception FCPA UK Young Lawyers

Supreme Court Declines to Review Definition of a “Foreign Official” Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: 11th Circuit’s...

On October 6, 2014, the Supreme Court declined to review the 11th Circuit’s decision in U.S. v. Esquenazi, et. al., leaving standing the appellate court’s expansive definition of “foreign official” under the Foreign Corrupt...more

10/9/2014 - Anti-Corruption Compliance FCPA Foreign Official SCOTUS

SEC Chair Describes Sweeping Initiatives To Reform Market Structure And Increase Transparency

In a speech delivered on June 5, 2014 at the Sandler O’Neill Global Exchange and Brokerage Conference in New York, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White unveiled a package of SEC initiatives aimed...more

6/10/2014 - Compliance Enforcement Financial Regulatory Reform Mary Jo White SEC Transparency

New Risks Associated with Simultaneous U.S. FCPA and U.K. Bribery Act investigations

On November 20, 2013, during a panel presentation at the 30th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), current and former prosecutors from the United States and the United Kingdom discussed the...more

11/26/2013 - Bribery Compliance Deferred Prosecution Agreements DOJ Enforcement Actions FCPA SEC SFO UK Bribery Act

SEC and DOJ Officials Discuss Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Trends and Priorities

On November 19 and 20, 2013, the American Conference Institute held the 30th annual U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) conference outside of Washington, D.C. In addition to keynote addresses by U.S. Department of...more

11/26/2013 - DOJ Enforcement FCPA SEC

DOJ and SEC Officials Outline Considerations for Companies’ Internal Investigations

Companies all over the globe are increasingly aware of the record number of corporate criminal enforcement actions brought in recent years by enforcement authorities to combat corruption, and many companies now are also...more

11/26/2013 - Anti-Corruption Compliance Corporate Counsel DOJ Enforcement FCPA Internal Investigations SEC

What's the One Thing Missing From Your Corporate Compliance Program?

What's the one thing missing from most corporate compliance programs? For a legal perspective, that's the question we put to corporate attorneys writing on JD Supra, asking each to commit to just one essential element...more

11/13/2013 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Culture Crisis Management Documentation DOJ Enforcement Actions Ethics FCPA Internal Controls Legal Perspectives Risk Management SEC

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