Michael S. Gordon

Michael S. Gordon

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SEC Brings Complaint in $68 Million Affinity Fraud Scheme

On July 6, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint in connection with a $68 million affinity fraud scheme allegedly orchestrated by Bingqing Yang, through her wholly owned management companies, Luca...more

7/23/2015 - China Civil Monetary Penalty Disgorgement EB-5 Foreign Investment Misappropriation Oil & Gas Ponzi Scheme SEC Securities Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud

SEC Settles With Stock Promoters in Medical Marijuana Stock Manipulation Scheme

On July 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission settled with two stock promoters accused of reaping $2.5 million in illicit profits by manipulating stocks of medical marijuana microcap companies. According to the proposed...more

7/23/2015 - Criminal Prosecution Disgorgement Enforcement Actions Medical Marijuana Penny Stocks Price Manipulation Pump and Dump SEC Securities Act of 1933 Securities Exchange Act Settlement

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 27

In this issue: - Court of Appeals for Third Circuit Overturns District Court Ruling Regarding Exclusion of Shareholder Proposal From Proxy Statement - FINRA Updates Its Interpretation of the SEC's Financial...more

7/20/2015 - Carried Interest CFTC CPOs DSIO FINRA Forward Contracts Oil & Gas Price Manipulation SEC Securities Fraud Shareholder Proposals Shareholders UK

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 26

In this issue: - SEC Seeks Comment on Possible Enhancement of Audit Committee Disclosures - SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Executive Compensation Clawbacks - FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Discretionary...more

7/13/2015 - Audit Committee CFTC Clawbacks Cross-Border Enforcement Actions ESMA FINRA Futures Greece Hong Kong Margin Requirements MiFID II SEC Swaps

Senator Elizabeth Warren Criticizes SEC Chair Mary Jo White for “Extremely Disappointing” Leadership

In a letter dated June 2, 2015, Senator Elizabeth Warren described several “promises” that Mary Jo White, chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, had allegedly broken. Senator Warren focused on (1) the SEC’s failure...more

6/12/2015 - Campaign Contributions Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Elizabeth Warren Executive Compensation Mary Jo White Pay Ratio SEC WKSIs

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 22

In This Issue: - SEC Staff Releases Analysis Related to Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules - States Challenge Blue Sky Preemption Under Regulation A+ - FINRA Proposes Revised BrokerCheck Hyperlink Rule -...more

6/8/2015 - Blue Sky Laws BrokerCheck Capital Markets CFTC Clawbacks Disclosure Requirements EU European Commission Executive Compensation Financial Conduct Authority FINRA Hedge Funds Investment Adviser National Futures Association NFA Preemption Public Comment Regulation A SEC Total Shareholder Return (TSR)

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 17

In this issue: - SEC Proposes New Pay-for-Performance Rules - NASAA Launches a Streamlined Filing Process for Form D - CFTC Proposal Eases Trade Option Obligations for Non-SD/MSP Counterparties -...more

5/4/2015 - Canada CFTC Exclusive Remedy Executive Compensation Form D Filing Forum Selection Clause Major Swap Participants NASAA Pay-for-Performance SEC Swap Dealers

Fourth Circuit Sustains Securities Fraud Claim Against Drug Manufacturer

On March 6, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina had erred in dismissing a class action lawsuit filed under Section 10(b) of the...more

4/2/2015 - Appeals Class Action FDA Material Nonpublic Information Scienter SEC Section 10(b) Securities Exchange Act

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 12

In this issue: - SEC Adopts Final Rules for Regulation A+ Offerings - FINRA Issues Notice on New Rules and Amendments Relating to Transaction-Based Compensation, Membership and Sanctions - FINRA Issues...more

3/30/2015 - AIFMD Algorithmic Trading CFTC Final Rules FINRA New Guidance Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Regulation A Regulation SHO SEC Securities Fraud Supervision

CFOs Ordered to Return Bonus and Profits Due to False Financial Statements

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently ordered two former CFOs of Saba Software, Inc. to reimburse the company for stock-sale profits and bonuses accrued during the 12-month periods following its materially false and...more

2/25/2015 - CFOs False Statements Personal Liability SEC

SEC Argues in Second Circuit Amicus Brief That Dodd-Frank Protects Inside Whistleblowers

On February 6, the Securities Exchange Commission filed an amicus brief advising the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that the whistleblower protections of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

2/25/2015 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Dodd-Frank Internal Reporting Retaliation Rule 21F SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 7

In this issue: - CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee To Hold Meeting - CFTC Announces Members of Market Risk Advisory Committee - NFA Notifies SDs and MSPs of Annual Questionnaire...more

2/23/2015 - CFOs CFTC Derivatives Dodd-Frank ESMA EU Financial Conduct Authority Financial Statements Foreign Exchanges MiFID II Sarbanes-Oxley SEC Stock Sale Agreements UK Whistleblowers

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 2

In this issue: - New Law Aligns Clearing and Margin Exceptions for Swaps - CFTC Staff Extends No-Action Relief to Certain Reporting Counterparties Masking Identifying Information Pursuant to Non-US Law -...more

1/19/2015 - Appraisal CFTC Compliance EMIR Enforcement Actions ESMA European Commission Fixed Income Investments LiquidAlts MiFID No-Action Relief SEC SEC Examination Priorities Securities Securities Fraud Shareholders Swap Clearing Swaps Terrorism Insurance TRIA

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

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