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“Sting” Money Laundering Scheme and Cooperating Client Ensnares Attorney

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The District Court for the Eastern District of New York has denied motions for acquittal and new trial by a Florida attorney convicted at trial of assisting in an undercover money laundering “sting” operation....more

UK Criminal Finances Act 2017: A Dechert "Dirty Money" Trilogy: Part Two: "For a Few Days More" - Reform of the Suspicious...

by Dechert LLP on

The UK Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the “Act”) represents a further significant development in the approach to the investigation and prosecution of financial crime in the UK. The new offence of failure to prevent the...more

Landmark Decision on Criminal Liability of 'Money Mule' Company Nominee Directors

by Morgan Lewis on

A recent Singapore High Court decision has clarified the situations in which nominee directors can be convicted of money laundering offences in banking and wire fraud, and the appropriate penalties to be imposed....more

Reported Criminal Probes Regarding Bond Valuations Highlight the Importance of Valuation Procedures

According to recent news reports, the DOJ and the SEC are investigating the possible improper use of third-party broker quotes by hedge fund managers to value illiquid debt securities in their portfolios. Prosecutors are...more

Government Leaks Lead to Landmark Insider Trading Case

On May 24, 2017, the SEC for the first time brought charges based on allegations of insider trading on confidential government information. The alleged insider trading scheme involved tips related to three announcements by...more

UK Criminal Finances Act 2017: A Dechert "Dirty Money" Trilogy

by Dechert LLP on

Part One: "A Fistful of Tax Dollars" - A New Corporate Offence of Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion.. The Criminal Finances Act 2017 represents a further significant development in the approach to the...more

Tax Round Up - May 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Budget and Finance Bill - General Election – Finance Bill (No.2) 2017 Curtailed - The Finance (No.2) Bill received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017, becoming the Finance Act 2017. However, as a result of Theresa May...more

Blog: Court Clarifies Jurisdiction To Exempt Bank From Potential Criminal Liability For Making Payments Before NCA Approval...

by Cooley LLP on

What happens when a company’s bank accounts are frozen and, as a result, faces imminent collapse, but the bank opposes a court application to process key transactions on the basis that if the bank is made to do so by the...more

Courts can side step consent regime under POCA - but not often

by Allen & Overy LLP on

NCA v N and Royal Bank of Scotland plc [2017] EWCA Civ 253, 7 April 2017 - The courts can side step the Proceeds of Crime 2002 (POCA) consent regime (whereby consent from the National Crime Agency provides a defence to...more

"UK Tracks OFAC Model in Issuing Guidance on Monetary Penalties for Breaches of Financial Sanctions"

As previously reported, the Policing and Crime Act 2017 (the Act) introduced a series of major changes to the U.K. financial sanctions regime. The changes, which came into force on April 1, 2017, included the creation of new...more

Blockchain Week in Review – April 2017 #2

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2017

Anticorruption Developments - SEC Chairman Nominee Jay Clayton Receives Confirmation Hearing - On March 23, 2017, SEC Chairman Nominee Jay Clayton testified before the Senate Banking Committee at his confirmation...more

The Supreme Court - March, 2017 #4

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in the following case today: Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, No. 15-1391: Five businesses in New York, petitioners here, wanted to pass along the...more

DOJ Announces Extension of FCPA Pilot Program

by Morgan Lewis on

The US Department of Justice plans to extend its FCPA Pilot Program, an initiative developed to encourage companies to self-report bribery violations and provide extensive cooperation in exchange for reduced penalties,...more

SEC Announces Expedited Program to Vacate pre-Dodd Frank Collateral Bars from Non-Associated Industries

by Bracewell LLP on

On January 17, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated in part a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) order that imposed a collateral bar against Gregory Bartko, the former CEO and chief compliance...more

OFSI’s New Power to Issue Monetary Fines for Sanctions Breaches: Consultation

by Dechert LLP on

The consequences of breaching sanctions in the UK are due to increase in April. Prominent among the new measures is the power for the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) to impose a monetary penalty and to do...more

Actualite Juridique - Decembre 2016

Assurance - Résiliation d'un contrat d'assurance emprunteur pour cause d'aggravation du risque - Le Décret n°2016-1559 du 18 novembre 2016 relatif aux conditions de résiliation d'un contrat d'assurance emprunteur...more

Insider Trading Law After Salman v. United States

by K&L Gates LLP on

In Salman v. United States, decided on December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court upheld a conviction for criminal violations of insider trading laws. The Court, however, declined to adopt the expansive theories of insider trading...more

[Webinar] Business E-mail Compromise Scams - Practical Perspectives - January 12th, 10:30am EST

by Locke Lord LLP on

An increasing number of businesses are targeted by very sophisticated email scams designed to convince company employees responsible for executing financial transactions to wire funds to overseas accounts controlled by...more

"Cross-Border Investigations Update - December 2016"

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update looks at Brexit’s impact on corporate crime and investigations, the U.S. DOJ’s increased use of forfeiture actions with international implications, current...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - December 2016

Insider Trading: Supreme Court Affirms Salman - Why it matters: On December 6, 2016 the Supreme Court decided Salman v. U.S., in which it upheld the petitioner’s insider trading conviction. The Court found its 1983...more

7 Things You Should Consider To Avoid Criminal Prosecution

In its first insider trading ruling in almost 20 years, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that a person can be held criminally liable for passing inside information to a friend or...more

Financial Services Firms Must Evolve Anti-Corruption Programs In Light Of Recent FCPA Settlements in Excess of $100 Million

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Global financial services firms should be aware that the DOJ and SEC are committed to identifying and investigating bribery and corruption regardless of the form it takes. With increased resources to help...more

Is That What Friends (and Family) Are For? Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split in Insider Trading Case But Questions Remain

by Polsinelli on

A recent Supreme Court decision provides new guidance in the area of insider trading liability without personal benefit, and resolves an existing split between the Ninth Circuit and Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In Salman...more

Salman v. U.S.: Supreme Court Resolves Insider Trading Split

On December 6, 2016, the United States Supreme Court affirmed an insider trading conviction in a case where the “insider” obtained no direct pecuniary benefit from the disclosure. Justice Samuel Alito, writing for a...more

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