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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

Fiduciaries And Beneficiaries Should Be Aware Of Criminal Statutes

There are several criminal statutes that implicate fiduciary activities in Texas that are not well-known: misappropriation of fiduciary property and financial exploitation of the elderly. Though these may be similar in some...more

U.S. Department of Justice Suspends Asset Forfeiture Sharing Program

Christmas came early to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies in the United States; and it came in the form of a lump of coal. On December 21, 2015, Kendall Day, Chief of the U.S. Justice Department’s Asset...more

Spoofing Is No Joke: Prosecutors Clamp Down on High-Frequency Traders

On November 3, 2015, an Illinois federal jury convicted Michael Coscia, a high-frequency commodities trader, of six counts of commodities fraud and six counts of spoofing—entering a buy or sell order with the intent to cancel...more

Takeaways From UK's 1st Deferred Prosecution Agreement

In a judgment published on Nov. 30, Lord Justice Brian Leveson approved the first deferred prosecution agreement in the U.K., which was negotiated between the Serious Fraud Office and ICBC Standard Bank PLC. Lord Justice...more

UK Prosecutor Secures First Deferred Prosecution Agreement for Bribery

We consider the implications for corporations under UK and US law, and the future of global criminal and civil investigations. On November 26, 2015, the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) secured its first Deferred...more

Reflections on the Yates Memo

The Department of Justice (DOJ) released a potential game-changing enforcement policy to DOJ staff on 9 September 2015 called ‘Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing’ (the Yates Memo). The Memo, publicised...more

Second Circuit Reverses Conviction in Bond Market Misrepresentation Case, but Endorses Government Theory of Materiality

On December 8, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the conviction of Jesse C. Litvak, a securities broker and trader at Jefferies & Company. Litvak had been convicted of various counts of...more

First UK Deferred Prosecution Agreement Agreed by SFO

At a hearing on November 30, 2015, Southwark Crown Court approved the first deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) in the UK. DPAs have been available for use by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) since February 2014, following...more

Serious Fraud Office Reaches an Agreement with Standard Bank

The first deferred prosecution agreement in the UK was finalised between the Serious Fraud Office and Standard Bank, potentially paving the way for future similar agreements....more

UK Bribery: For Cooperating Companies, Virtue Has At Least Some Rewards

On Monday 30 November, an English court approved a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) between the Serious Fraud Office and Standard Bank, in connection with payments made in Tanzania. This was the first DPA approved by the...more

First Guilty Verdict for Dodd-Frank “Spoofing” Violations

Coscia, the founder of Panther Energy, LLC, allegedly created two computer algorithms that posted orders to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and ICE Futures Europe with the goal of canceling them before they could be executed....more

Prosecutors Record First-Ever Conviction for ‘Spoofing’: A New Era of Trading Enforcement

Asset managers and other traders should expect aggressive anti-spoofing enforcement and consider reviewing their trading practices in light of this most recent development. On November 3, 2015, a federal jury in...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC prevailed on two summary judgment motions. One centered on a manipulation action. The other was against an attorney who facilitated a prime bank fraud. The Commission also filed: An action against UBS tied to its...more

New DOJ Corporate Prosecution Guidelines

On September 9, 2015, United States Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates released a memorandum titled “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing,” the latest in a series of corporate prosecution guidelines written by...more

Post-Newman Reality: Investigations Involving Unwitting “Tips” to Close Friends and Relatives Will Continue

Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the federal government’s appeal of the ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in U.S. v. Newman. This leaves intact the Second Circuit’s quid...more

"Phantom" Debt Collectors Actually Sued by FTC, Banned From Business

Why it matters - The operators of a scam that processed more than $5.2 million in payments from consumers for payday loans that were not owed to the operators are now banned from the debt collection business, the Federal...more

No Theft Loss for Securities “Pump-and-Dump”

Pump-and-dump occurs when corporate officers or other shareholders fraudulently promote shares of a company and engage in fraudulent sales to increase the value of shares. This is injurious to other shareholders who suffer...more

The Road Ahead for TransVantage Solutions, Inc.

The Chapter 7 Trustee appointed in the TransVantage Solutions, Inc. bankruptcy case ground the gears of the nation’s trucking industry this past April when he filed over 500 adversary complaints against common carriers,...more

Supreme Court Update: Elonis V. United States (13-983), Taylor V. Barkes (14-939) And Bank Of America V. Caulkett (13-1421)

The Court handed down four opinions and a summary reversal to kick off the busiest month of the term. This update will cover Elonis v. United States (13-983), the much anticipated "Facebook threats" case, along with Taylor v....more

Supreme Court Update: Harris V. Viegelahn (14-400), Tibble V. Edison International (13-550), Henderson V. United States (13-1487)...

As we approach June, the Court is attempting to clear out its docket, issuing six decisions Monday. We'll cover four short ones—all unanimous—here: Harris v. Viegelahn (14-400), holding that a debtor who converts from Chapter...more

Privy Council Clarifies When Innocent Third Parties are Liable to Victims of Fraud

To what extent must a bank make inquiries as to the commercial purpose of a transaction, particularly a transaction involving an offshore structure? And when is a bank liable to compensate a victim of theft for receiving...more

Warning, Offshore Accounts Holders May Have No Fifth Amendment Protections

In what is becoming an increasingly used attack vehicle, the Department of Justice (DoJ) is using the "required records doctrine" to compel taxpayer's to produce what may be incriminating evidence of ownership or control of...more

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