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Insider Trading Gets Political: Trading on Political Intelligence

Some things are better left unsaid. Especially, it seems, when they involve political intelligence shared by a congressional aide with a lobbyist linked to a political intelligence firm serving Wall Street traders....more

SEC Charges Private Equity Firm with Pay-to-Play Violations

For the first time since passing Rule 206(4)-5, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged a Philadelphia-area private equity firm with violations of the pay-to-play rule. The case concerns contributions made...more

Integrated Private Equity Firms Charged With Failure to Register and Pay-to-Play Violations

The SEC charged two firms with failing to register as investment advisers because their operations were integrated and charged one of the entities with violating pay-to-play rules....more

The SEC v. Congress . . . for the Title

You don’t see this every day. On Friday, the SEC filed a subpoena enforcement action seeking production of documents from the House Ways and Means Committee and documents and testimony from one of its staff members, Brian...more

Public Officials, Financial Disclosure And A New Era Of Liability

The Securities and Exchange Commission is making it clear: Government leaders who issue misleading financial information are putting themselves at risk. Several recent actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

The STOCK Act and the Political Intelligence Industry: No Easy Answers

Investors who hire political intelligence firms to collect information from government sources should take notice of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, according to panelists at a recent American Bar...more

Spitzer "Disappointed" in Wall Street's Regulators [Video]

June 19 (Bloomberg Law) -- Eliot Spitzer, former Governor and Attorney General for the State of New York, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the so-called revolving door between the public and private spheres. While...more

The Stock Act, Political Intelligence, and Traps for the Unwary

Last year, Congress wrote and President Obama signed into law the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (the STOCK Act). When the law was enacted, Members of Congress, their staffs, and Executive Branch...more

The SEC Action Against the City of Harrisburg: Lessons for Other Municipalities

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") recently announced that it has charged the City of Harrisburg with violations of various anti-fraud provisions of federal securities laws in connection with the resource recovery...more

Harrisburg Charged With Securities Fraud - Securities and Exchange Commission Says City Made Misleading Financial Statements

The inclusion of the public statements of an elected official in allegations of securities fraud could change the traditional relationship between the politicians and their constituency versus issuers and the bond market....more

Goldman Sachs Pays First-Of-Its-Kind Settlement to Close Pay to Play Action with the SEC by Grant Nichols

On September 27, 2012, Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) alleging that one of its employees engaged in a pay-to-play scheme. The scheme, as described...more

Can Feds Force Companies to Disclose Political Spending?  [Video]

Jan. 31 (Bloomberg Law) -- The SEC is considering a proposal by Robert Jackson, associate professor at Columbia Law School, that public companies be required to disclose their political spending. SEC staff members have said...more

A Bad Bill Becomes Law When There Is More Interest In Enacting A Fix Than Fixing the Problem

In 2002, the Legislature enacted AB 55 creating the victims of corporate fraud fund. Since the fund was created, it has collected about $15 million and nearly 800 claims have been submitted. In a devastating article...more

Barofsky: Govt. Complicity Provides Libor Defense [Video]

Aug. 1 (Bloomberg Law) -- The world's biggest banks are likely to defend lawsuits alleging they manipulated the Libor interest rate by saying the federal government knew it and did nothing, according to Neil Barofsky, former...more

SEC Staff Issues Report on the Cross-Border Scope of Private Rights of Action for Securities Fraud

The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently released a study on the cross-border scope of the private right of action under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”),...more

Senate Passes House-Amended Insider Trading Legislation

On Thursday, March 22, the Senate cleared the House version of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act) by unanimous consent. The legislation will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law. The...more

This Week in Washington - February 12, 2012

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS Budget.  Next Monday, President Obama will release his Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal.  On Wednesday, the House passed “The Expedited Legislative...more

The Legacy Of The Commissioner Who Was Indicted

In an earlier post, I wrote about Edwin M. (“Mike”) Daugherty who served as California’s Commissioner of Corporations from 1922 until 1926 and then from 1931 to 1954. He was succeeded by interim Commissioner Clifford J....more

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