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Bridging the Week - June 2016 #3

SEC Overturns CBOE Determination That Individual Traders of Two Omnibus Accounts Were Customers Requiring Application of Customer Identification Rule - The Securities and Exchange Commission set aside a determination by...more

UK Bribery Act – 5 lessons in 5 years: No 2 – Unheard Voices

The corporate bribery offence has brought in a new age of enforcement, but at what cost to individuals who may be implicated? In the last few weeks of 2015, the enforcement landscape for corporate entities carrying on...more

One-Two Punch for Transparency: Beneficial Owners Outed

In an apparent effort to create the impression of strong U.S. policy response in the wake of the Panama Papers, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced three initiatives to promote greater transparency and...more

Wine, Steak, and Massage Parlors Are Personal Benefits for Insider Trading

On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that friends’ gifts of wine, steak dinners, and other luxury items can constitute the types of personal benefit needed to establish a breach of duty in...more

The Inside Scoop: What does Tabernula tell us about the future of criminal insider dealing enforcement in the UK?

The high-profile insider trading prosecution dubbed “Operation Tabernula”, brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), has this month secured two further convictions. After a 12-week trial, Martyn Dodgson and Andrew...more

FinCEN Customer Due Diligence Final Rules

On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued final rules (the Final Rules) on customer due diligence requirements for banks, securities broker-dealers, mutual funds, and...more

SEC Charges State Street Employee For Fraudulent Fees

Transition Management is a service offered by securities professionals to pension funds and other investment managers who are changing fund managers, investment managers or making similar transitions and need to make...more

Justice Department’s First FATCA Prosecution Yields Guilty Plea

On May 9, 2016, the Justice Department announced that Gregg R. Mulholland, a dual U.S. and Canadian citizen and owner of an offshore broker-dealer and investment management company based in Panama and Belize, pleaded guilty...more

Is the Sky Falling? DOJ and Cooperation

Is the sky falling or are we on our way to a new normal when it comes to earning cooperation credit from the Department of Justice? These questions were raised in remarks by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in remarks...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed at trial this week, securing a favorable verdict after a two week jury trial. The action centered on false statements made by an executive regarding regulatory approvals for the only drug of the...more

For Theranos, Life is Not All Rainbows and Unicorns: Government Conducting Criminal and Civil Investigations of Blood-Testing...

In a memorandum released on April 18, 2016, the private blood-testing company Theranos – once valued at over $9 billion – announced that it is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the...more

Forex Investment Scheme Results in Criminal Charges

Investment fund fraud and Ponzi schemes have become a staple of SEC enforcement. The investment fraud schemes often cross from securities into other areas such as the currency markets. In such instances either the CFTC or the...more

Foreign Financial Institutions Beware: United States Expands Economic Sanctions Against Hizballah

Effective April 16, 2016, the United States will implement sanctions pursuant to the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015. The new sanctions target Hizballah (or Hezbollah) and non-U.S. persons who support...more

SEC-USAO Charge Former Fund Principal With Fraud

A former managing principal of Blackstone Group, and a partner at Park Hill Group which raises capital for private equity, was charged by the SEC and Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office with fraud. The charges are based on...more

Bridging the Week - March 2016 #4

Alleged Spoofer, Blamed for Partly Causing Flash Crash, Loses UK Extradition Hearing - Navinder Sarao, the London-based futures trader who in April 2015 was sued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and criminally...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed on a summary judgment motion this week in a case based on an offering fraud. It also filed another settled FCPA action centered on gifts, travel and entertainment provided to healthcare professionals...more

Former Equities Trader Pleads Guilty to Insider Dealing

Damien Clarke pleaded guilty to two counts of insider trading at Southwark Crown Court, having previously pleaded guilty to seven counts of insider trading on July 24, 2015. Mr. Clarke is a former equities trader who, through...more

Leader of International Pump-and-Dump Sentenced to 216 Months

The man who orchestrated a large international microcap market manipulation involving at least 34 persons was sentenced to serve 216 months in prison after pleading guilty. Harold Gallison, pleaded guilty to two counts of...more

Bridging the Week - March 2016 #2

Federal Court Allows Former Hedge Fund Operator’s Lawsuit Alleging Civil Rights Violations to Proceed Against US Attorney and Other Government Officials: A federal court in New York City refused to dismiss a lawsuit against...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

This week the SEC brought six actions tied to the failure of a rapidly growing enterprise to maintain the proper internal controls. The agency also brought two proceedings tied to municipal bond offerings and one insider...more

German Cum/Ex-Trades: Enhanced Risks and Industry-Wide Challenges

The German and international financial industries and their advisors have come under new pressure to investigate so-called 'cum/ex' trades conducted between 2000 and 2012. For many years, tax authorities and criminal...more

The Future of Chinese Enforcement: From Corruption to AML?

On February 17, 2016, the Spanish headquarters of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (“ICBC”) were raided by Europol officers and Spanish law enforcement authorities, on orders of a Spanish judge investigating the...more

SEC Prevails in Payton Insider Trading/Tipping Case

The SEC prevailed in its insider trading/tipping case against two New York brokers were Newman and its tipping standard was a key issue. SEC v. Payton, Civil Action No. 14 civ 4644 (S.D.N.Y.). On Monday a jury in New York...more

Are Compliance Officers the New Enforcement Targets?

For years health care compliance officers have worried about personal liability for the misdeeds of the companies they serve. And why not? Health care is the most heavily regulated of all major industries, and the compliance...more

SEC Partially Settles “Portfolio Manager” Insider Trading Case

The SEC partially settled what is perhaps one of its more unusual insider trading cases. It involved defendants who posed as portfolio managers who then induced investment bankers to entrust them which inside information that...more

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