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SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower Warns Companies and Inside Counsel Against Using Employment Incentives to Deter External...

During a recent panel discussion at the Georgetown University Law Center’s 18th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, the head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower, Sean McKessy, warned...more

3/20/2014 - Corporate Counsel SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Supreme Court Expands SOX Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Private Contractors of Public Companies

In the first SOX whistleblower case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court held on March 4 that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) prohibits private contractors of publicly traded companies from retaliating...more

3/6/2014 - Contractors Fidelity Investments FMR LLC Lawson v FMR Retaliation Sarbanes-Oxley SCOTUS Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

M&A Brokers Exempt from SEC Broker-Dealer Registration Requirements

On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets issued a No-Action Letter (Letter)1 that allows a private business broker (M&A Broker) to receive transaction-based...more

2/10/2014 - Broker-Dealer No-Action Letters Registration SEC Securities Exchange Act

SEC’s Examination Program Issues a Risk Alert on Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes

On January 28, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert entitled: Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes for Selecting...more

2/3/2014 - Compliance Due Diligence Enforcement Investigations OCIE SEC

SEC and FINRA Publish 2014 Examination Priorities for Broker-Dealers

On January 9, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published its 2014 examination priorities (SEC Letter), just one week after the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published its 2014...more

1/20/2014 - Broker-Dealer FINRA SEC

SEC Publishes 2014 Examination Priorities for Investment Advisers

On January 9, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published its 2014 examination priorities letter (“SEC Letter”) for its National Examination Program (NEP). The NEP covers all markets and entities...more

1/20/2014 - Compliance Enforcement Fraud Investigations Investment Adviser NEP SEC

Federal Courts Take Divergent Approaches to Jury Trials for Whistleblower Plaintiffs Under Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley

A recurring question under the federal whistleblower laws is whether plaintiffs suing their employers for retaliation have the right to a jury trial. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act1 appears...more

1/10/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Consumer Protection Act Dodd-Frank Employer Liability Issues Financial Regulatory Reform Hiring & Firing Jury Trial Retaliation Sarbanes-Oxley SEC Securities Fraud Termination Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

SEC Order Denying Whistleblower Claim Confirms Prospective Coverage and Limited Discovery in Dodd-Frank Bounty Proceedings

In a recent order denying a whistleblower’s award claim,1 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission upheld the prospective application and discovery limitations of two of its rules implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

12/9/2013 - Discovery Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

High Court's Decision Next Term May Increase Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Litigation

This November, in Lawson v. FMR LLC, the United States Supreme Court will hear argument on whether “whistleblowers” employed by a privately held contractor or subcontractor of a publicly traded company are protected from...more

8/28/2013 - Contractors Lawson v FMR Mutual Funds Retaliation Sarbanes-Oxley SCOTUS Subcontractors Whistleblowers

Ready or Not: Lost Securityholders, Uncashed Checks and Dormant Accounts

In the dog days of August, it would be tempting to put aside challenges created by new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules. But we all know that would be a mistake. Instead, attention needs to be paid now to new...more

8/9/2013 - Bank Accounts Broker-Dealer Escheat Investigations SEC Securities Exchange Act

Fifth Circuit Creates Split on Scope of Retaliation Protection for "Whistleblowers" Under Dodd-Frank

Since the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010, a number of federal courts have grappled with the scope of the Act’s new protections for employee “whistleblowers.” Until recently,...more

8/7/2013 - Conflicts of Laws Dodd-Frank Retaliation Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Legal Alert: Private Offerings: The SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation But Proposes a Hefty Regulatory Burden in Return

During an open meeting of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) on July 10, 2013, the SEC adopted a rule that lifts the ban on general solicitation of unregistered securities offerings and paves the way for...more

7/17/2013 - Advertising Bad Actors General Solicitation JOBS Act Regulation D Rule 144A Rule 506 Offerings SEC U.S. Treasury

Legal Alert: Southern District of New York Endorses Extension of Dodd-Frank's Retaliation Protections to Internal Whistleblowers

In Murray v. UBS Securities, LLC, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York recently held that Dodd-Frank’s whistleblower protections can extend to employees who do not qualify as statutory “whistleblowers.”...more

6/19/2013 - Dodd-Frank Reporting Requirements Retaliation SEC Whistleblowers

Legal Alert: Court Rejects Retroactivity of Dodd–Frank's Whistleblower Remedies

Since the 2010 enactment of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a recurring question in judicial opinions interpreting the Act’s whistleblower provisions has been whether these provisions should be...more

4/18/2013 - Dodd-Frank Retroactive Application Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

First Steps Toward Building a Conflict Minerals Compliance Program

Originally published in Corporate Compliance Insights, December 10, 2012. On Aug. 22, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted rules that are likely to impact the operations of thousands of...more

12/12/2012 - Compliance Conflict Mineral Rules SEC

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