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SEC Settles Charges with Private Equity Firm and Four Executives for Failure to Disclose Conflicts of Interest

The SEC recently reached a settlement with New York-based private equity firm, Fenway Partners, LLC, and four executives related to charges that Fenway Partners and several of its executives (“Respondents”) failed to disclose...more

NDGA Judge Halts Another SEC Admin Proceeding

Atlanta federal Judge Leigh Martin May enjoined the SEC from proceeding in yet another administrative enforcement action Tuesday. Ironridge Global IV, Ltd. v. SEC, No. 1:15-CV-2512 (USDC NDGA Nov. 17, 2015)....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.18.15

The Journal reports that Federal prosecutors are “actively pursuing” criminal cases against executives from RBS and JPMorgan for the toxic securities sold in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis. If filed, the charges...more

The Dos and Don’ts of an SEC Examination

The regulatory environment for SEC-registered advisers has become more complex as the result of a more aggressive and interconnected Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The connecting hub within the SEC is the Office of...more

SEC Announces Further Enforcement Actions in the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) announced enforcement actions against 22 municipal underwriters on September 30, 2015, as part of its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC’s apparent preference for administrative proceedings as a venue for its enforcement actions continues to draw criticism. H.R. 3798 is now pending in the House of Representatives. The bill is tilted the “Due Process...more

White House Announces Nominations for SEC Commissioner

On October 20, the White House announced two intended nominations for Daniel Gallagher’s replacement as SEC Commissioner, Hester Maria Pierce and Lisa M. Fairfax. Currently, Ms. Pierce is a Senior Research Fellow and Director...more

SEC Enforcement Actions Against Investment Advisers

According to the SEC’s most recent financial report, as of August 2014, SEC-registered investment advisers managed $62.3 trillion in assets. Not surprisingly, investment advisers attract a great deal of attention from the...more

Another Round of Favorable SEC Settlements, But Only for Underwriters that Self-Reported

The SEC has rolled out its second wave of enforcement actions against 22 municipal underwriting firms for alleged securities violations in municipal bond offerings in connection with its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure...more

SEC ALJ Slams Bebo; Summarily Denies ConLaw Challenge

Laurie Bebo, CEO of Assisted Living Concepts, initially got some sympathetic words from the U.S. District Judge who felt constrained to turn away her constitutional challenge to the SEC’s administrative forum: The Court...more

Battle Over SEC’s Admin Forum Moves to 11th Circuit

The battle over the constitutionality of the SEC’s administrative forum now moves to the U.S. Eleventh Circuit. The appellate court issued an order Wednesday, denying the SEC’s bid to upset the trial court’s preliminary...more

SEC Appoints New Head of Examination Program in Atlanta Regional Office

On September 29, the SEC named William Royer as the Atlanta Regional Office’s Associate Director of the examination program. Since June of this year, Royer has served as the examination program’s Acting Associate Director....more

SEC Proposed to Amend Rules Governing its Administrative Proceedings

On September 24, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed to amend rules governing its administrative proceedings. Key changes to the SEC’s rules of practice include: adjustment of timing of the...more

D.C. Circuit Court “Tunes In” To SEC Administrative Court Debate

On September 29, 2015, the D.C. Circuit, the second federal appellate court to recently weigh in on the ongoing debate over SEC administrative actions, ruled in favor of the SEC in Jarkesy v. SEC, holding that federal courts...more

SEC Announces Second Wave of MCDC Enforcement Actions

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this week announced enforcement actions under its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative, targeting 22 municipal bond underwriting firms for alleged due...more

D.C. Circuit Repulses Assault on the SEC’s Administrative Citadel

The citadel of the SEC’s administrative forum has been under assault from several vectors over the past year or so, as a chorus of dissenting Respondents have mounted increasing challenges to its constitutional legitimacy, as...more

SEC Holds Its Admin Forum Isn’t Unconstitutional (!)

The SEC recently – and predictably – rejected a Respondents’ arguments challenging the constitutionality of the agency’s administrative forum. The September 17 Timbervest decision was the first of the constitutional...more

SEC Commissioners Making a “Noisy Exit”

Securities and Exchange Commission members Daniel M. Gallagher and Luis A. Aguilar will soon leave the SEC, but neither is keeping quiet about the SEC’s treatment of chief compliance officers (CCOs). Gallagher recently...more

SEC Administrative Law Judge Appointments Held Likely Unconstitutional

Defendants in SEC administrative enforcement proceedings have increasingly been going to federal court to challenge the SEC’s stepped-up use of its "in-house" tribunal. While the early results were not promising, more recent...more

SEC Proposes Changes to Admin Forum

The SEC has announced a series of proposed changes to the Rules of Practice governing its internal enforcement actions. The changes update the decade-old Rules and respond in small part to a groundswell of criticism about the...more

SEC Seeks Respect for its In-House Court

SEC administrative proceedings have long been viewed as a one-sided rocket docket tilted toward giving the SEC every advantage possible. In response, the SEC has proposed amendments to its rules regarding administrative...more

SEC Must Stop 2 Admin Cases Pending 2nd Circuit Constitutionality Decision

Two rulings last week ordered the SEC to stop administrative proceedings in two cases, pending the Second Circuit’s ruling on the constitutionality of its administrative forum. The Second Circuit stayed the SEC’s prosecution...more

Gatekeeper Liability of Inside Asset Management Attorneys "Appearing" Before the SEC

This article addresses the liability of inside attorneys at asset management companies— mutual fund sponsors, investment advisers, broker-dealers, life insurance companies—as gatekeepers under rules of the US Securities and...more

Second Circuit Stays SEC Administrative Proceeding

Defendants continue to pound nails into what may be to be the SEC’s coffin that its administrative proceedings are unconstitutional. If the genie is out of the bottle it’s hard to tell what the far reaching implications...more

SEC ALJ Dismisses Case: Inside-Info Trades, But No Tipper Benefit

An SEC administrative law judge (“ALJ”) found that former Wells Fargo trader Joseph Ruggieri traded on material nonpublic information tipped him by former analyst Greg Bolan, but dismissed the insider-trading charges against...more

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