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Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2015 #3

In this issue: - US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Releases Community Reinvestment Act Evaluations - Amendment to Regulation on Supervisory Reporting of Institutions on Asset Encumbrance, Single Data...more

Federal Prosecutors Charge Canadian Trader in “Layering” Scheme

The US Attorney for the District of New Jersey recently filed criminal securities and wire fraud charges against a Canadian man, Aleksandr Milrud, alleging that he engaged in a fraudulent scheme to manipulate the stock...more

District Court Vacates Insider Trading Guilty Pleas in Misappropriation Case in Light of Landmark Newman Decision

On January 21, 2015, the Supreme Court decided a narrow but important issue of appellate jurisdiction in cases that have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. A...more

White Collar Crime and Securities Enforcement: 2014 in Review

Results yielded in 2014 were mixed for the Department of Justice in the white collar arena. The government suffered a large setback in its crackdown on insider trading when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit...more

Personal Benefit Test Does Not Apply To Misappropriation Theory of Insider Trading — USAO

In U.S. v. Newman, Nos. 13-1837-cr, 13-1917, 2014 WL 6911278 (2nd Cir. Decided Dec. 10, 2014) the Second Circuit handed prosecutors perhaps the only defeat they have suffered in recent years in an insider trading cases. After...more

Government Seeks Extended Prison Term in Securities Fraud Case

In a sentencing memorandum filed January 2, the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington asked the US District Court for the Western District of Washington to sentence Dickson Lee, the former chief executive of L&L...more

SEC Charges Attorney For Allegedly False Legal Opinion

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges against an attorney who was allegedly involved in the filing of false registration statements.  The SEC’s order instituting proceedings alleges that the...more

Tipper in Serial Insider Trading Ring Indicted

Criminal insider trading charges were filed against the former managing clerk of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Steven Metro. U.S. v. Metro (D. N.J. Jan. 15, 2015). Mr. Metro was indicted by a grand jury on one count of...more

Financial Services Regulatory Update: FX Investigations: Lessons Learnt From International Investigations

As the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) continue their respective investigations of the conduct of financial institutions in relation to...more

The Power of the Press Release II: A Suggestion For Heightened Scrutiny of Governmental Prosecutorial Pre-trial Public...

In Russell G. Ryan’s recent thoughtful article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Get the SEC Out Of The PR Business,” he raised several issues that resonate well beyond the practices of the SEC and into the world of...more

Court of Appeals Deals Blow to Government's Insider Trading Program

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently dealt a harsh blow to the government's insider trading program with a ruling that limits the range of those who can be charged with insider trading violations. In vacating the...more

The DOJ Charges Another Individual With FCPA Violations

FCPA enforcement officials have repeatedly emphasized that a key focus is individuals who violate the Act. This week the Department of Justice announced the filing of a multi-count indictment against the owner of a privately...more

Holley v. Nipro Diagnostics, Inc., C.A. No. 9679-VCP (Del. Ch. Dec. 23, 2014) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted partial summary judgment in favor of a former director on his advancement claims relating to his defense of a pending SEC civil lawsuit alleging insider-trading...more

Avon Settles FCPA Charges

On December 17, 2014, Avon Products, Inc. (“Avon”) resolved Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations being conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with a...more

Compliance Week: Insider-Trading Gets More Complicated

Over the last five years, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, has aggressively pursued insider-trading cases against a broad spectrum of defendants. As a result, insider trading remains a...more

Red Notice Newsletter - December 2014

Welcome to the December 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, a major cosmetics retailer as well as its subsidiary pleads guilty to...more

Three More Thoughts about United States v. Newman

In the wake of the Second Circuit’s huge remote tippee insider trading decision from two weeks ago in United States v. Newman, three more things occur to me. To recap, the court held that to be liable for insider trading in...more

Reversing Convictions, Second Circuit Clarifies Scope of Tippee’s Required Knowledge in Insider Trading Cases

On December 10, 2014, the Second Circuit reversed insider trading convictions of two former hedge fund managers, holding that, to sustain a conviction for insider trading, the government must prove a tippee who trades on the...more

Alstom Joins Santa’s Naughty List – In a Very Big Way

The North Pole for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action announcements seems to have temporarily moved south for the month of December. Last week there was the final announcement of the long-standing Avon...more

The Second Circuit Sets New Hurdles for Insider Trading Convictions

Under the Second Circuit’s new ruling, prosecutors have two large hurdles they must clear to convict under securities laws. First, they must prove that a defendant knew that the source of inside information disclosed tips in...more

A New Prosecutorial Frontier: SEC Seeks Bans on Municipal Officials

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) was recently granted a preliminary agreement by a federal judge to bar a municipal official from participating in future bond sales. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the...more

Second Circuit Issues Landmark Decision Limiting Insider Trading Liability of "Remote Tippees"

On December 10, 2014, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversed a set of insider trading convictions and reined in government prosecutions of insider traders who are outside the company in which stock is traded...more

Former JPMorgan Chase Insider Blows the Whistle

Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone recently profiled the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking in his article, The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare....more

What’s New with Insider Trading…and What’s Not

Much has already been written about the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ December 10th insider trading decision: in United States v. Newman, et al., the Court significantly trimmed back the circumstances in which tippees of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission brought two FCPA cases this week, one of which was in conjunction with the DOJ. Both centered on the payments for gifts and travel in China. In addition, the SEC filed three manipulation cases, an action...more

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