Jeff Kern

Jeff Kern

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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SEC Takes Aggressive Approach to Fortify Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Rules

On April 1, 2015, the Securities & Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or “Commission”) fined a public company $130,000 for requiring employees involved in internal investigations to sign a confidentiality agreement that the...more

4/21/2015 - Confidentiality Agreements Dodd-Frank Internal Investigations KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) Rule 21F SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

SEC Requires FINRA Registration for High Frequency Traders

In an effort to keep pace with rapidly accelerating market technology, the Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has taken steps to expand oversight over high-frequency trading. On March 25, 2015, the SEC unanimously...more

3/30/2015 - FINRA High Frequency Trading Registration Requirement SEC

FINRA Issues Guidance Notice on Confidentiality Provisions in Settlement Agreements and the Arbitration Discovery Process

In Regulatory Notice 14-40, FINRA reminds members that it is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade) to incorporate into a settlement agreement a confidentiality provision...more

11/17/2014 - Confidentiality FINRA Non-Judicial Settlement Agreements SEC Whistleblowers

Second Circuit Defines “Customer” for Mandatory FINRA Arbitration

In a case of first impression, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. v. Abbar, No. 13-2172, 2014 WL 3765867 (2d Cir. Aug. 1, 2014), established a bright-line definition of...more

9/5/2014 - Appeals Arbitration Citigroup FINRA

Second Circuit Overturns District Court’s Rejection of SEC-Citigroup Fraud Settlement

In a closely-watched decision involving judicial review of agency settlements, the Unites States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated United States District Court Judge Jed Rakoff’s 2011 order rejecting a proposed...more

7/8/2014 - Appeals Chevron Deference Citigroup Consent Decrees Enforcement Enforcement Actions Interlocutory Appeals Judge Rakoff Risk Management SEC SEC v Citigroup Settlement

Second Circuit Applies Morrison v. National Australia Bank to Allow Certain Extraterritorial Application of RICO

In European Community v. RJR Nabisco, Inc., Case No. 11-CV-2475 (2d Cir. Apr. 23, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) statute,...more

5/12/2014 - Appeals EU Extraterritoriality Rules Federal Rule 12(b)(6) Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Morrison v National Australia Bank RICO

Second Circuit Upholds SEC’s Authority to Obtain Disgorgement from Non-Trading Insider Profits Earned by Portfolio Fund from...

In SEC v. Contorinis, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 2927 (2d Cir. Feb. 18, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the authority of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to obtain...more

3/14/2014 - Disgorgement Insider Trading Personal Liability Professional Liability SEC

Second Circuit Applies Morrison to Criminal Prosecution Under Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5

In United States v. Vilar, Case Nos. 10-521(L), 10-580(CON), 10-4639(CON), 2013 WL 4608948 (2d Cir. Aug. 30, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange...more

10/25/2013 - Criminal Prosecution Extraterritoriality Rules Morrison v National Australia Bank Rule 10b-5 SEC Securities Exchange Act U.S. Treasury

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