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Notes from SEC Chair Mary Jo White’s Speech at SEC Speaks 2015

On February 20, 2015, Chairwoman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Mary Jo White, spoke at the 2015 SEC Speaks Conference in Washington, D.C. During her speech, Chairwoman White addressed a...more

SEC Staples: Trading Suspensions, Market Manipulation and Ponzi Schemes

Trading suspensions, market manipulation and Ponzi scheme actions – staples of SEC enforcement. The Commission suspended trading for 128 dormant shell companies this week while bringing a market manipulation action involving...more

Federal Agencies Release New Volcker Rule Guidance for Non-U.S. Banking Entities and Fund Sponsors Seeking to Rely on the “SOTUS”...

On February 27, 2015, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange...more

Goodyear FCPA Fine Highlights Benefits of Cooperation and Robust Compliance Controls

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (“Goodyear”), one of the world’s largest tire companies, reached a significant settlement with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in connection with charges that two of its...more

Adviser’s Principal Banned for False Statements of Eligibility, Failure to Maintain Records and Compliance Manual

A February SEC enforcement case provided a reminder to investment advisers of the importance of meticulous compliance with requirements regarding record retention and compliance manuals. In the orderi, the SEC settled an...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 8

In this issue: - CBOE Proposes to Offer Extended Trading Hours for SPX and VIX Options - CFTC Staff to Host Public Roundtable on Recovery and Orderly Wind-Down of DCOs - CFTC Reopens Comment Period for...more

Goodyear Pays for the Sins of its Subsidiaries in a $16 Million FCPA Settlement

Following recent trends, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission brought an administrative proceeding against a U.S. issuer for the corrupt activities of its foreign subsidiaries. Earlier this week, Goodyear Tire & Rubber...more

Broad Coalition Delivers Blunt Rebuke To SEC Chairman

Last month, I wrote that the SEC’s about face in responding to the no-action letter request of Whole Foods Market, Inc. “clearly wasn’t the SEC’s finest hour.” Several days later, a coalition of some 17 different...more

SEC Speaks 2015: Enforcement Highlights

On February 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held its annual SEC Speaks conference, which updated the public regarding the staff’s work over the last year and its plans for 2015. ...more

Commissioner Piwowar on SEC & Fairness: Physician Heal Thyself?

In an address Friday at the 44th annual “SEC Speaks” conference, SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar suggested that the Securities Exchange Commission might do well to apply its own rules to itself. He suggested the Commission...more

SEC Fines Alternative Mutual Fund Adviser for Improper Handling of Fund Assets

On February 12, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) brought and settled charges against an investment adviser to several alternative mutual funds alleging, among other charges, failure to comply with the...more

FCA Investigating 67 Alternative Investment Fund Managers

A number of news outlets reported last week that, as of 26 January 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) was investigating 67 firms or managers subject to the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015 #3

The Impact of Regulation on Community Banks: Harvard Study and Senate Banking Committee Hearing Highlight Differing Views. FDIC Director of Risk Management Supervision Doreen Eberley testified last week before the Senate...more

One Good Thing and One Bad Thing about SEC Administrative Proceedings

One of my favorite lines from my kids’ books involves a cat named Pickles who’s having something of an identity crisis. Pickles doesn’t really have an owner, but does have a temporary caretaker, who tells him, “Pickles,...more

SEC Charges Alt Fund Adviser with Custody Violations

The Securities and Exchange Commission on February 12, 2015, entered findings against an investment adviser to several alternative mutual funds for maintaining $247 million in cash collateral at broker-dealer counterparties...more

Investment Management Update: The Latest News and Developments on Funds, Regulations and Investing Trends for January 2015

In This Presentation: - Personnel Changes - Insider Trading - Pay to play prohibitions under fire - F Squared – Administrative proceeding (December 22, 2014) - Reliance Financial Advisors --...more

SEC – NY AG Halt Fraudulent Investment Scheme

The SEC teamed last week with the New York AG to halt an on-going investment fund fraud run by a Pakistani citizen residing in New York. The SEC obtained a freeze order. The NY AG filed criminal charges and arrested the...more

SEC Releases Results of Cybersecurity Examination Sweep

By Rochelle Emert and Phillip Caraballo-Garrison On February 3, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a Risk Alert that summarized its findings about cybersecurity preparedness in...more

How Does Your Firm Compare? Results from the SEC’s Cybersecurity Examinations

On Feb. 3, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a Risk Alert summarizing observations gleaned from a cybersecurity examination sweep of 57 registered broker-dealers (BDs) and 49 registered investment...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - February 2015

It’s still the case that commentators have said nothing revelationary about “proxy access ,” the recent private-ordering push, and the SEC’s flip-floppery on its Whole Foods no-action letter. “Proxy access” is short hand for...more

SEC Obtains $585 Million Judgment Against MRI International for Ponzi Scheme

A Nevada District Court granted the Securities and Exchange Commission’s request for a $585 million judgment against MRI International, Inc. and its former CEO, Edwin Fujinaga, consisting of disgorgement, prejudgment interest...more

SEC Seeks Chevron Deference to Unnecessary Ruling that Dodd-Frank 180-Day Enforcement Directive Doesn’t Matter

In a brief filed last week, the SEC urged the D.C. Circuit to give Chevron deference to the Commission’s unnecessary conclusion that Congress’s 180-day enforcement deadline doesn’t matter. The conclusion is consistent with...more

SEC Brings Another Insider Trading Case As Administrative Proceeding

There is little doubt that the SEC is bringing more cases in an administrative forum. While the agency has not acknowledge the trend, over the last several months it has filed a series of insider trading cases as...more

SEC Files SOX Claw-back Action

The Commission filed a settled administrative proceeding against two former CEOs of Saba Software, Inc. under the Sarbanes-Oxley claw back provisions. The action is based on the fact that the company has announced it will be...more

"Aggressive SEC Enforcement Approach Creates New Challenges for Resolving Investigations"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pursued aggressive enforcement of the securities laws in the past year. Several trends related to the SEC's vigorous approach are likely to continue in 2015....more

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