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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

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed two settled FCPA cases this week. On was resolved with the payment of almost $800 million to the SEC, DOJ and Dutch regulators where about $114 million in bribes were paid. The other centered on the...more

Effort to Meet Earnings Target Yields SEC – DOJ Fraud Charges

The Commission has been tried to make accounting and financial fraud issues a key focus at least since the creation of the financial fraud task force two years ago. Last week the agency brought an action against Monsanto...more

Toward More Effective SEC and DOJ Remedies

Since the market crisis there has been a continuing outcry about holding senior corporate executives responsible. From Capitol Hill to citizens across the land there has been a continuous demand for some kind of Judge Roy...more

UPDATE re Is New York's Proposal a Harbinger of Things to Come? Certification of BSA/AML Compliance and Personal Liability for...

Update - This announcement comes just days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Maria Vullo, another lawyer, to replace Benjamin Lawsky, who resigned as the Superintendent of the Department of Financial...more

SEC-USAO Bring Insider Trading Case That is “Newman-Proof”

When anyone discusses insider trading these days Newman invariably becomes a key topic. Prosecutors decry the decision and its tipping standard. Little doubt why. It has been offered as a defense in innumerable cases. A...more

Raising the Stakes for AML Compliance Officers: Court Refuses to Rule Out Potential Liability for Role in Employer's BSA...

Why it matters - A federal court judge in Minnesota has rejected the motion of a former chief compliance officer to dismiss the U.S. government's claim that he is liable under the federal Bank Secrecy Act for his...more

LIBOR acquittals: Keep calm and carry on

Here’s some information that may shock certain sections of the media: Not everyone charged with a crime will be, or should be, found guilty. Even people with a case to answer on paper can still, quite properly, be acquitted....more

Saudi Arabia Update - January 2016

Legal Developments - Labor Law – weekends are not part of annual leave - The Saudi Arabian Labor Law provides that employees shall be entitled to 21 days of paid leave annually, to be increased to 25 days upon...more

CFTC Alert: 2015 CFTC Year-in-Review, and a Look Forward

CFTC continues to bring high-profile, large-penalty enforcement cases; begins bringing cases to enforce Dodd-Frank Act implementing regulations; and embarks on post-Dodd-Frank Act regulatory initiatives. Please see...more

Regulatory Enforcement in the UK - A Retrospective on 2015. Can the Fines Get Any Bigger?

When the UK Financial Services Authority became the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in April 2013, we were told that this would herald a tougher and more intrusive style of regulation. The FCA’s enforcement record in the...more

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