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SEC Announces Record Number of Enforcement Actions in FY 2014

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission provided a summary of its enforcement activities for its fiscal year 2014 (ending in September). The SEC announced that it brought a record 755 enforcement actions and...more

10/29/2014 - Disclosure Requirements Enforcement Actions Enforcement Statistics Insider Trading SEC Strategic Enforcement Plan

SEC Sanctions Athena in First High-Frequency Trading Manipulation Case

On October 16, in a groundbreaking trading manipulation case, the Securities and Exchange Commission entered an Order instituting a settled administrative proceeding against high-frequency trading firm Athena Capital...more

10/29/2014 - Athena Capital Enforcement Actions High Frequency Trading Market Manipulation Neither Admit Nor Deny Settlements Sanctions SEC Securities Exchange Act

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 42

In this issue: - Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Controlling Stockholder Claims and Applies Business Judgment Rule to Merger Suits - FINRA Remarks at the National Society of Compliance Professionals...more

10/27/2014 - AIFM Business Judgment Rule CFTC Enforcement Actions ETFs FINRA High Frequency Trading IOSCO Private Funds SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

District Court Considers Prior SEC Complaint Evidence to Establish Scienter Under PSLRA

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York recently denied a defendant’s motion to dismiss a securities fraud class action, accepting as sufficient factual allegations of scienter that were drawn from a...more

8/20/2014 - Motion to Dismiss Neither Admit Nor Deny Settlements PSLRA Scienter SEC Securities Fraud

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 32

In this issue: - SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements - ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs - Consumer Financial...more

8/18/2014 - AIFMD Banks Derivative Suit ESMA EU FCA Federal Savings Associations Fraud ICE OCC OCIE PSLRA SEC Securities Fraud Virtual Currency

SEC Settles Civil FCPA Action Against Two Former Oil Services Executives

On the eve of a trial which was scheduled to begin this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission settled a civil Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) case it brought against two former oil services executives. The case...more

7/16/2014 - Corporate Counsel Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCPA Former Employee Oil & Gas SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 27

In this issue: - SEC Publishes Guidance for Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms Regarding Proxy Voting and Solicitation - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues C&DIs Relating to Accredited Investor...more

7/14/2014 - Accredited Investors Audits C&DIs Exchange-Traded Products FINRA General Solicitation Hedge Funds Insider Trading Investment Adviser Proxy Advisors Proxy Voting Guidelines SEC Verification Requirements

Eleventh Circuit Defines “Instrumentality” Under the FCPA

In a case of first impression for the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the court interpreted the term “instrumentality” of a foreign government in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The court used the...more

6/5/2014 - Appeals DOJ FCPA Foreign Entities Foreign Official Instrumentality SEC Teleco Terra Telecommunications

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 17

In this issue: - Proposed Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law and Courts and Judicial Procedure Law - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DIs Relating to Social Media Use - FINRA...more

4/29/2014 - CFTC Clickwrap Agreements Compliance Delaware General Corporation Law Dodd-Frank Enforcement FINRA Foreign Exchanges No-Action Letters Recordkeeping Requirements Reporting Requirements SEC Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 12

In this issue: - Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Chancery Court Ruling that Applied Business Judgment Rule to Going Private Transaction with Controlling Stockholder - Amendments to Uniform Branch Office...more

3/24/2014 - CFTC Controlling Stockholders Corporate Counsel Discrimination Employer Liability Issues FINRA MFW Racial Discrimination Registration SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 9

In this issue: - CFTC Issues Advisory on Compliance with Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Security Safeguards - SEC Issues Guidance on Aggregate Advisory Fee Rates for Multi-Manager Funds - Supreme Court Rules that...more

3/3/2014 - CFTC Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Counsel Cross-Border DSIO Fees Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Insider Trading Preemption SCOTUS SEC Swap Dealers Swaps

Former Head of Investor Relations Penalized by SEC for Selectively Disclosing Material Nonpublic Information, While...

The selective and early disclosure of material non-public information resulted in a Securities and Exchange Commission cease and desist order and civil penalties against the former head of investor relations at First Solar,...more

9/18/2013 - Disclosure Requirements DOE Investors SEC Self-Disclosure Requirements

SDNY Imposes Second Highest Penalty Under Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York recently ordered Uriel Sharef, a former Siemens AG board member and German citizen accused of bribing Argentine government officials, to pay a $275,000 civil penalty...more

4/30/2013 - Bribery Civil Monetary Penalty FCPA Penalties SEC Settlement

SEC Oversight of FINRA Exempt from FOIA Request

The District Court for the District of Columbia has held that the Securities and Exchange Commission is exempt from producing documents relating to its audit, inspections, and review of the Financial Industry Regulatory...more

3/27/2013 - Audits Document Productions FINRA FOIA SEC

SDNY Favors the SEC in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Action Involving Novel Issues of Statutory Interpretation

In a case addressing an issue of first impression involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the US District Court for the Southern District of New York adopted an expansive interpretation of the statute’s interstate...more

2/26/2013 - Bribery Email FCPA Foreign Nationals Interstate Commerce SEC SEC v Straub Statute of Limitations Tolling

SDNY Finds Lack of Personal Jurisdiction in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Claim

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York recently addressed whether the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) could reach a foreign executive of a non-US company. In contrast to the Straub case (see “SDNY...more

2/26/2013 - FCPA Foreign Defendants Personal Jurisdiction SEC SEC v Sharef Siemens

SEC Whistleblower Report Highlights New Program's Activity and Success

On November 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission released its Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program (DFWP), which is required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act....more

12/6/2012 - Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblowers

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