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2016 Year-End Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

Welcome to the 2016 Year-End Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose of this Report is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive...more

Top 10 SEC Enforcement Highlights of 2016

This is the third year we are providing our annual Top Ten list of Enforcement Highlights. This time, it occurs towards the end of the tenure of SEC Chair Mary Jo White. Sullivan & Cromwell corporate securities and capital...more

The Supreme Court's Limited Insider Trading Ruling: Salman Decision Narrowly Affirms Dirks and Leaves Portions of Newman Intact

On December 6, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Salman v. United States, affirming what it had set out in dicta in its 1983 decision in Dirks v. SEC by finding that a factfinder may infer...more

The Increasing Gatekeeper Liabilities of Fund Administrators

There is a noticeable trend in the fund services industry that is creating increased exposure and legal liability for fund administrators. More and more, fund administrators are now being looked to as gatekeepers in order to...more

2016 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

Welcome to the 2016 Mid-Year Report From the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive Alerts, on matters...more

2015 Year-End Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

Welcome to the 2015 Year-End Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive Alerts, on matters we...more

SEC Announces 2016 Examination Priorities

Earlier this week, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its 2016 examination priorities. These priorities are of particular...more

Hedge Funds: A Look Toward 2016

BakerHostetler’s final hedge fund program of 2015 provided practical advice to hedge funds and investment advisers for the coming year. The presentations focused on “Hedge Fund Hot Topics for 2016,” “How to Effectively Manage...more

Get Ready to Be Clawed, With the SEC's Blessing, and It May Cost You Dearly

Imagine you are a former executive of a public company, where your role was unrelated to the preparation of its financial statements, and you are notified years after leaving the company that it will be pursuing the return of...more

2014 Year-End Securities Litigation Enforcement Highlights

In This Issue: - I. Supreme Court Cases Review - II. Securities Law Cases - III. Insider Trading Cases - IV. Settlements - V. Investment Adviser and Hedge Fund Cases - VI. CFTC Cases and...more

SEC Provides Guidance on Important Considerations for Effective and Reasonable Prevention of Cyber Attacks

As many of you know, last April the SEC issued the Cybersecurity Examination Initiative to assess the cybersecurity practices and preparedness of registered broker-dealers and investment advisers. The initiative arose from an...more

The Boundaries for Insider Trading Prosecutions See a Resurgence: The 1980s Are Back!

In a closely followed appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on December 10, 2014, delivered an important decision in United States v. Newman by vacating the insider trading convictions of two...more

How to Respond to SEC Inquiries Concerning Data Breach and Data Security Policies

Every company, whether public or private, has exposure to potential data breach or theft of confidential information. When this occurs, various state and federal regulatory organizations have jurisdiction over ensuring that...more

2014 Mid-Year Report Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement

Welcome to the 2014 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. Its purpose is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive Alerts, on matters we...more

Basic Is Dying a Slow Death: The Supreme Court Upholds the Fraud-on-the-Market Presumption in Halliburton but Allows Rebuttal

Given the opportunity to overrule its landmark 1988 decision in Basic v. Levinson, in which it created the fraud-on-the-market presumption, the Supreme Court declined. The Court found in its decision this week in Halliburton...more

Deference and Compromise Reigns over Establishment of Truth: Second Circuit Validates SEC Use of "Neither Admit Nor Deny"...

On June 4, 2014, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff’s influential and controversial decision to reject a consent injunction between the SEC and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (Citigroup)...more

SEC Continues Crack Down on Short Sale Rule Violations: Settles $7.3 Million Case Against Worldwide Capital

In the largest Rule 105 (Short Sale Rule) enforcement case to date, the SEC reached a $7.3 million settlement against Worldwide Capital and its principal last Wednesday, March 5. The SEC's message has been consistent since...more

2013 Year-End Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

We are pleased to share with you the 2013 Year-End Highlights Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team, a periodic survey, in addition to our Executive Alerts, which...more

Is Your Hedge Fund a Trader or Investor?

Hedge fund managers should be aware of two recent U.S. Tax Court memorandum decisions that shed further light on when a taxpayer, such as a hedge fund, is considered to be a "trader" or "investor" for tax purposes -- a...more

11/20/2013  /  Hedge Funds , Investors , IRS , Tax Deductions

Not in My House: Mark Cuban Defeats the SEC's Insider Trading Charges

The high profile long-running saga between Mark Cuban -- entrepreneur, television personality, and billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks -- and the SEC has finally ended with Mr. Cuban emerging victorious. On October 16,...more

11/15/2013  /  Insider Trading , Sales , SEC , Shareholders , Stocks

Who's Your Supervisor? The SEC Sheds Further Light on the Subject

The recent issuance of frequently asked questions and interpretive answers by the SEC's Division of Trading and Markets (the "FAQs") clarifies a "disturbingly murky" area of the federal securities law -- namely, what facts...more

SEC "Zero Tolerance" Nets Nearly Two Dozen Firms for Alleged Violations of Short Sale Rule

Hedge fund and other private investment fund managers, both domestic and foreign, those registered or not, beware. SEC Chairman Mary Jo White's crackdown on securities violations continued last Tuesday with the announcement...more

The Falcone Settlement: A Harbinger of Things to Come?

On August 19, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that New York-based hedge fund adviser Philip A. Falcone and his advisory firm Harbinger Capital Partners -- which once boasted $26 billion under...more

9/3/2013  /  DOJ , Fraud , Hedge Funds , SEC , Settlement

Regulators Issue Joint Guidance on Business Continuity Planning

Last Friday, the SEC, FINRA and CFTC issued joint guidance (Joint Guidance) on the "best practices and lessons learned" from their review of the business continuity and disaster recovery plans of firms as a result of the...more

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