Michael S. Gordon

Michael S. Gordon

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

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

Investment Adviser Challenges Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Proceedings

A registered investment adviser and its principal recently sued the Securities and Exchange Commission for declaratory and injunctive relief to stave off an imminent administrative enforcement action, alleging that the tenure...more

10/23/2014 - Administrative Hearings ALJ Declaratory Relief Enforcement Actions Injunctive Relief Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 41

In this issue: - ISS Releases 2015 Draft Voting Policy Changes for Comment - SEC Investor Advisory Committee Releases Recommendations on Changes to Accredited Investor Definition - FINRA Proposes to...more

10/20/2014 - Accredited Investors CFTC Disclosure Requirements EU European Commission FINRA ISS Prudential Regulation Authority Rulemaking Process SEC

Investment Management Firm Discloses Wells Notice Over Performance Claims

F-Squared Investments, Inc. (F-Squared), a registered investment manager that provides portfolios of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), recently disclosed that it received a Wells notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

9/17/2014 - Enforcement Enforcement Actions ETFs Exchange-Traded Products SEC Wells Notice

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 36

In this issue: - Bylaw of Delaware Corporation Providing for Exclusive Forum in North Carolina Upheld - FINRA Board to Consider Rule Proposals Regarding Private Trading Platforms - CBOE and C2 in...more

9/15/2014 - AIFM AIFMD Banks Bitcoins CBOE CFPB CFTC Commodity Pool Compliance CPO Cross-Border Exclusive Jurisdiction False Claims Act FINRA Forum ISDA JOBS Act Jurisdiction OTC Regulation M Regulation Z SEC Security-Based Swaps Swap Dealers Swaps UK

SEC Brings Fraud Charges Against Oil and Gas Company and Its CEO

On August 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission instituted cease-and-desist proceedings against Houston American Energy Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production company, and John F. Terwilliger, its CEO, for...more

8/12/2014 - Energy Energy Exploration Fraud Oil & Gas SEC

SEC Charges CEO and Former CFO With Violation of Sarbanes-Oxley

On July 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged computer equipment company QSGI Inc’s CEO, Marc Sherman, and former CFO, Edward L. Cummings, for misrepresenting to external auditors and the investing public the...more

8/12/2014 - Compliance Fraud Misrepresentation Sarbanes-Oxley SEC

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 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

SEC Files Insider Trading Action Despite Unknown Tipper

On February 6, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed insider trading charges against Hao He a/k/a Jimmy He in federal district court in Atlanta, Georgia. The SEC alleged that He obtained material, nonpublic information...more

2/20/2014 - China Enforcement Actions Illegal Tipping Insider Trading SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 7

In this issue: - CFTC Exempts MTFs from US Registration Requirements - CFTC Guidance Relating to Trading on SEFs and DCMs - NFA Issues Notice to Members Regarding Member Obligations Under NFA Bylaw 1101...more

2/17/2014 - CFTC Commodity Futures Contracts Derivative Suit Insider Trading MTFs NFA SEC SEFs

SEC Obtains $5.6 Million Judgment Against Stockbroker for Insider Trading of Burger King Stock

Earlier this month, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a $5.6 million judgment in favor of the Securities and Exchange Commission against Waldyr Da Silva Prado Neto (Prado), a Brazilian...more

1/29/2014 - Brokers Burger King Insider Trading SEC Stocks

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 4

In this issue: - ISS Updating QuickScore Methodology and Opening Data Validation Period - First MAT Determinations Are Deemed Certified - CFTC Interdivisional Working Group to Review Swap...more

1/27/2014 - Burger King CFTC Electronic Trading FFIEC Insider Trading ISS LLC NFA SEC Swaps

Federal Judge Reaffirms Decision to Narrow SEC’s Adviser Act Claims Against Hedge Fund

Last week, a Georgia federal judge reaffirmed a decision to narrow two claims in a civil enforcement action accusing two hedge fund managers and their firms of defrauding investors. Paul T. Mannion Jr. and Andrew S. Reckles...more

11/26/2013 - Compliance Enforcement Actions Hedge Funds Investment Advisers Act of 1940 SEC

SEC Scores in Accounting Fraud Suit Against BankAtlantic Corp. and Former CEO

On October 10, a Florida federal judge granted the Securities and Exchange Commission’s motions for partial summary judgment against BankAtlantic (now BBX Capital Corp.) and its former CEO and chairman Alan Levan, finding...more

10/23/2013 - Accounting Fraud Compliance Enforcement Actions Fraud SEC Securities Exchange Act

Identity of Heinz Traders Uncovered in $4.8 Million Insider Trading Settlement with the SEC

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission reminded the public that the agency can track insider trading committed in the United States by foreign account owners. Following its commencement of an action in February...more

10/22/2013 - Heinz Insider Trading SEC Securities Exchange Act Settlement

Matria Healthcare Insider Traders Will Go to Trial

The US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia denied a motion for partial summary judgment in the Security and Exchange Commission’s insider trading case against Earl Arrowood and Parker Petit. The SEC alleges...more

8/21/2013 - Healthcare Insider Trading Mergers SEC Trials

Securities Fraud Claims Against CommScope Dismissed

The US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina dismissed a shareholder securities fraud claim against CommScope, Inc. and its officers, holding that the company’s alleged misrepresentations constituted...more

8/21/2013 - Dismissals Misleading Statements Misrepresentation Rule 10b-5 SEC Securities Fraud

New York District Court Bars Discovery of SEC's Requests for Extension Under Dodd-Frank

The US District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently ruled that Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement actions cannot be dismissed on grounds that the SEC failed to comply with Section 929U of the...more

4/3/2013 - Discovery Dodd-Frank SEC

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