Michael Rosensaft

Michael Rosensaft

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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NYS Department of Taxation and Finance Issues Tax Guidance on Virtual Currency Transactions

On December 5, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF) issued the memorandum “Tax Department Policy on Transactions Using Convertible Virtual Currency.” The memorandum clarified that under New York law,...more

12/17/2014 - Barter Bitcoins Sales & Use Tax Virtual Currency

Deputy Treasury Secretary Discusses Cybersecurity Checklist for Banks

Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Raskin, who recently spoke at the Texas Bankers’ Association Executive Leadership Cybersecurity Conference, provided bank executives and boards some guidance on preventing, preparing for and...more

12/17/2014 - Banks Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Protection U.S. Treasury

Second Circuit Clarifies a Heightened Standard for Insider Trading Convictions

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held that, in order to convict a tippee for insider trading under Section 10(b) of the Securities Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5, the government must prove beyond a...more

12/17/2014 - Actual or Constructive Knowledge Illegal Tipping Insider Trading Personal Benefit Rule 10b-5 SEC Section 10(b) Securities Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud

SEC Sanctions Operator of Unregistered Virtual Currency Exchanges

On December 8, the Securities and Exchange Commission sanctioned a computer programmer for operating two online exchanges that traded securities using virtual currencies without registering them as broker-dealers or stock...more

12/16/2014 - Bitcoins Sanctions SEC Virtual Currency

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 48

In this issue: - Recent Developments Relating to Rights to Exclude Shareholder Proposals from Proxy Statements - SEC Approves MSRB Best Execution Rule - SEC Sanctions Operator of Unregistered Virtual...more

12/15/2014 - Banks Basel Committee Bitcoins Currency Exchange Cybersecurity ESMA EU FCA Insider Trading Investors MiFID MSRB Proxy Season Proxy Statements SEC Shareholder Proposals Shareholders Virtual Currency

Raj Rajaratnam Appeals $92 Million Civil Fine to Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Convicted investment fund founder Raj Rajaratnam filed an appeal of his Securities and Exchange Commission case in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, arguing that the district court improperly sought...more

11/13/2014 - Appeals Civil Monetary Penalty Criminal Prosecution Insider Trading Judge Rakoff Raj Rajaratnam SEC Securities Fraud

SEC Charges Former Pharmaceutical Executive and Close Friend With Insider Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged a former pharmaceutical company executive and his longtime friend with insider trading, alleging that the friend generated more than $1 million in illicit profits by...more

11/13/2014 - Enforcement Actions Insider Trading InterMune Pharmaceutical SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 44

In this issue: - SEC Sanctions 10 Companies for Disclosure Failures Surrounding Financing Deals and Stock Dilution - Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Entire Fairness Review in Absence of Conflicted...more

11/10/2014 - CFTC Compliance Dilution Disclosure Requirements Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCMs Financing FINRA Mutual Funds NFA Recordkeeping Requirements SEC UK Virtual Currency

CFTC Settles Fraudulent Trading Violations with Forex Trader

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission accepted an offer of settlement submitted by the owner of Peak Capital Group, Inc., Scott Beatty, in anticipation of an administrative proceeding resulting from Beatty’s alleged...more

10/9/2014 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Compliance Enforcement Enforcement Actions Fraud Securities Fraud

SEC Settles Insider Trading Case, Finding Roommate Relationship Created Duty of Trust and Confidence

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently accepted an offer of settlement submitted by Filip Szymik, in anticipation of a cease-and-desist proceeding resulting from the purported insider trading in Herbalife, Ltd....more

10/8/2014 - Enforcement Actions Herballife Insider Trading SEC Settlement

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 39

In this issse: - ISS Publishes Results of Annual Global Voting Policy Survey - FINRA Requests Comment on a Rule Proposal to Implement the Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System - NFA Issues Notice...more

10/6/2014 - AIFMD CPOs CTA DCMs Derivatives Enforcement Enforcement Actions ESMA EU FINRA Fraud ISS MiFID NFA Risk Assessment Risk Management SEC Securities Fraud SEFs

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

Judge Rakoff Rules that Bitcoin Is Money in New York Federal Court

On August 19, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a ruling in the case of Robert Faiella, holding that bitcoins are “money,” citing the plain meaning of the term in The...more

8/26/2014 - Bitcoins FBI Judge Rakoff Money Transfer Popular Silk Road

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

District Court Reaffirms Rule 10b5-1 Standard and Denies Motion to Dismiss Insider Trading Charges

The US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied a motion to dismiss a 16-count indictment for insider trading, finding the government adequately alleged each element of the offense....more

7/30/2014 - Criminal Prosecution Insider Trading Rule 10b-5 Securities Fraud White Collar Crimes

SEC Settles Third-Party Insider Trading Claim Against Investor Relations Executive

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced a settlement with a partner at an investor relations firm who allegedly traded on inside information obtained through his representation of two companies. ...more

7/30/2014 - Civil Monetary Penalty Injunctions Insider Trading SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 29

In this issue: - SEC Approves FINRA Rule Limiting Expungement - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief from Certain Ownership and Control Reporting Requirements - CFTC Releases Rule Enforcement Review of ICE...more

7/28/2014 - CFTC FINRA Futures Insider Trading No-Action Relief Proxy Voting Guidelines Reporting Requirements Rule 10b-5 SEC

Investment Adviser Accused of $8.8 Million Fraud by SEC

On June 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed an emergency enforcement action in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York against Scott Valente, an investment adviser, alleging that he used his...more

6/19/2014 - Fraud Investment Adviser Rule 10b-5 SEC Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud

Trading Evidence Barred From Rengan Rajaratnam Trial

On June 10, a New York federal judge barred the government from introducing evidence of defendant Rajarengan “Rengan” Rajaratnam’s trading activities in Akamai Technologies, Inc. Prosecutors argued that the defendant had...more

6/19/2014 - Akamai Technologies Evidence Insider Trading SEC

US Marshals Service Announces Auction of Silk Road Bitcoins

The US Marshals Service (USMS) announced that it will hold an online auction on June 27 to sell bitcoins contained in wallet files seized from the servers of Silk Road, the “deep web” black market shut down by the Federal...more

6/17/2014 - Auction Bitcoins Black Market FBI Popular Silk Road US Marshalls Service

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 24

In this issue: - Commissioner Kara M. Stein Calls for More Stringent Net Capital Requirements for Broker Dealers - US Marshals Service Announces Auction of Silk Road Bitcoins - Investment Adviser Accused...more

6/16/2014 - Akamai Technologies Bitcoins Broker-Dealer Digital Assets Enforcement Enforcement Actions Fraud Investment Adviser SEC Section 10(b) Section 10(b)-5 Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud Virtual Currency

SEC Charges Investment Adviser with Custody Rule Violations

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced that it had charged Professional Investment Management, Inc. (PIM), an investment adviser, and its president, Douglas E. Cowgill, with violating rules governing the...more

5/14/2014 - Custody Rule Enforcement Enforcement Actions Investment Adviser SEC

FEC Approves Bitcoin Political Donations While SEC Issues Investor Alert

On May 8, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) unanimously affirmed in an advisory opinion that political committees (including candidate campaigns and political action committees) could legally accept small bitcoin...more

5/13/2014 - Advisory Opinions Bitcoins Campaign Contributions Election Laws FEC PACs Political Campaigns Risk Alert SEC

SEC Charges Five Co-Conspirators in Reverse Merger Scheme

On May 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought charges in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey against a Toronto-based consultant and four associates for running a scheme to illegally reap millions...more

5/13/2014 - China Fraud Mergers Reverse Mergers SEC Stocks White Collar Crimes

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