Margaret McQuade

Margaret McQuade

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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Global Crowdfunding Site Consents to SEC Censure

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission censured Eureeca Capital SPC, an online, securities-based crowdfunding site incorporated in the Cayman Islands, for failing to implement procedures “reasonably designed” to...more

12/3/2014 - Crowdfunding Popular Public Offerings Sanctions SEC Securities

Investor Claims NetTALK Executives Took Control of Board

On November 5, Telestrata, LLC brought a derivative shareholder action and direct action against NetTALK.com, Inc., a publicly traded telecommunication company, and NetTALK’s directors and officers, alleging that the...more

12/3/2014 - Board of Directors Breach of Contract Breach of Duty Civil Conspiracy Controlling Stockholders Corporate Officers Debt Restructuring Derivative Suit Fraud NetTALK Shareholder Litigation Stock Deals Waiting Periods

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 46

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Grants Petition for Rehearing of Decision on Conflicts Minerals Rule - Register for Our 2015 Proxy Season Update Webinar - SEC...more

11/24/2014 - Amnesty International Appeals CFTC Conflict Mineral Rules Crowdfunding Disclosure Requirements EU European Commission False Claims Act FinCEN FINRA Fixed Income Investments Forward Contract Exclusion Forward Contracts MSRB Proxy Season Proxy Voting Guidelines SEC Swap Dealers

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

SEC Obtains Asset Freeze of Turks and Caicos Company Conducting Ponzi Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained an emergency asset freeze of a Turks and Caicos company that allegedly ran a Ponzi scheme in Florida. According to the SEC’s complaint, between November 2004 and May 2014,...more

10/1/2014 - Asset Freeze Fraud Ponzi Scheme Scams SEC White Collar Crimes

Think Tanks Ask Supreme Court to Clarify Definition of “Foreign Official” in FCPA

Two think tanks, the Washington Legal Foundation and the Independence Institute, have filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court on behalf of petitioners Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez, who were recently convicted of...more

10/1/2014 - FCPA Foreign Official Instrumentality SCOTUS

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 38

In this issue: - SEC Releases Strategic Plan for 2014–2018 - House Passes Bill H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act” - FINRA Board Approves Several Rulemaking Items...more

9/29/2014 - BEPS Block Trades CFTC Credit Default Swaps ESMA FCPA FINRA Foreign Official Job Creation New Legislation OECD OTC Ponzi Scheme Rulemaking Process SEC SEFs Small Business Strategic Enforcement Plan

Texas Court of Appeals Decertifies Class of Brigham Shareholders

On August 15, the Texas Court of Appeals decertified a class of Brigham Exploration Co. shareholders, holding that the trial court failed to comply with a state rule requiring rigorous analysis of certification requirements. ...more

8/27/2014 - Appeals Class Action Decertify Oil & Gas Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

SEC Charges Colorado Woman and Her Two Companies with Offering Fraud

On August 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against Heidi Ann Gamer and two companies under her control, Gamer Economic Systems, LLC and Gamer Media Partners Corp. The SEC alleged that between...more

8/27/2014 - Enforcement Actions Fraud SEC Securities Fraud

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 33

In this issue: - ISS Launches New Equity Plan Data Verification Portal - ISDA Publishes Protocol for 2014 Credit Derivatives Definitions - FinCEN Issues Advisories for US Financial Institutions -...more

8/25/2014 - CFTC Class Action Class Certification Compliance Contests & Promotions Derivatives EMIR Equity Plans ESMA EU FCA FinCEN Fraud ISDA ISS Judge Rakoff OCC Rule 10(b) SEC Security-Based Swaps SEFs Social Media Swap Dealers Swaps

Supreme Court Decides Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.

On June 23, the Supreme Court in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. held that a securities class action defendant may introduce evidence at the class certification stage to rebut the presumption that an alleged...more

7/2/2014 - Basic v Levinson Class Certification Fraud Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund Presumption of Reliance SCOTUS Securities Fraud

Texas Supreme Court Denies Minority Shareholder’s Oppression Claims

On June 20, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that courts are not authorized to order closely held corporations to buy out a minority shareholder’s interests under state law, and that no common-law cause of action exists for...more

7/2/2014 - Family Businesses Minority Shareholders Sale of Assets Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 26

In this issue: - Delaware Fee-Shifting Legislation Delayed - SEC Orders Securities Exchanges and FINRA to Develop Tick Size Pilot Plan - CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling...more

6/30/2014 - CFTC FCMs Fee-Shifting Statutes FINRA Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund NFA No-Action Letters SCOTUS SEC Securities Securities Fraud Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Swap Dealers Swaps

SEC Alleges Fraud from Unregistered Offerings of Oil and Gas Securities

On May 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, alleging that between September 2010 and January 2012, Charles Couch, directly and through his...more

5/29/2014 - Enforcement Enforcement Actions Oil & Gas SEC

SEC Brings Lawsuit Against Unregistered Broker Dealer

On May 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against Behrooz Sarafraz in California federal court, alleging Sarafraz violated federal securities laws by acting as an unregistered broker dealer. ...more

5/29/2014 - Broker-Dealer Civil Monetary Penalty Disgorgement Enforcement SEC Securities Exchange Act

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 21

In this issue: - CME Delays Prohibition on Transitory EFRPs - JAC Issues Guidance on Margin Funds - CFTC Hands Out First Whistleblower Award - NFA Adopts Fee for Registration...more

5/27/2014 - Broker-Dealer CFTC CME Compliance Disclosure Requirements Energy Enforcement Actions Fees Financial Regulatory Reform Margin Requirements NFA Non-Disclosure Agreement Oil & Gas SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

SEC Alleges Insider Trading by Two Friends in Advance of the Acquisition of The Shaw Group Inc.

On April 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought a lawsuit against Walter Wagner and Alexander Osborn, alleging that the two friends realized almost $1 million in profits by illegally trading securities of The Shaw...more

4/23/2014 - Fraud Insider Trading SEC

SEC Brings Lawsuit Against Hedge Fund Manager for Defrauding Investors

On April 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against Matthew D. Sample, founder of hedge fund Lobo Volatility Fund, LLC, for fraudulently raising approximately $1 million from five investors. According...more

4/23/2014 - Fraud Hedge Funds SEC Securities Fraud

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 16

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Partially Invalidates Conflict Minerals Rule - FINRA Proposes Rule 2081 to Prohibit “Bargained-For” Expungements - SEC Issues FAQs...more

4/21/2014 - Broker-Dealer CME Conflict Mineral Rules Expungement FINRA Fraud Hedge Funds SEC

SEC Brings Lawsuit Against Former Carter’s Executive for Insider Trading and Tipping

On March 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against Richard Posey, former vice president of Operations of children’s clothing manufacturer...more

3/20/2014 - Enforcement Actions Illegal Tipping Insider Trading SEC

SEC Prevails in Lawsuit Involving $50 Million Ponzi Scheme

On March 6, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ordered the former leaders of an investment group to pay more than $8 million in disgorgement and fines for their role in running a $50 million real...more

3/20/2014 - Enforcement Actions Ponzi Scheme SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 11

In this issue: - NASDAQ Launches Marketplace for Private Companies - SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Oversight of Clearing Agencies - FINRA Proposes to Amend Rules 2210 and 2214 - CME Group Exchanges...more

3/17/2014 - Audits CFTC Clearing Agencies CME FINRA Nasdaq Ponzi Scheme Risk Management SEC Transfers

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