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First Circuit Affirms Another Insider-Trading Conviction

On July 26, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed another conviction in a pair of appeals arising from insider-trading prosecutions. The decision in United States v. McPhail confirms that, under...more

Bridging the Week - July 2016 #3

CME Group Proposes New Clearing Member Category to Help Customers Avoid Pro Rata Distribution Risk in Case of FCM Insolvency: CME Group filed proposed rule changes with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that would...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Investment advisers were at the center of a number of actions brought by the Commission this week . Two proceedings involved a registered adviser and its COO that were involved in an unregistered and fraudulent offering; two...more

Career Securities Law Violator Pleads Guilty To Manipulation

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office secured a guilty plea in a stock manipulation case from a career securities law violator. The guilty plea is the fourth conviction for defendant John Galanis. U.S. v. Galanis, No....more

New SFO Bribery Case: Can’t Pay? That Might Be Okay…

The UK Serious Fraud Office has entered its second deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with a company accused of bribery. Links to the SFO press release, and the detailed preliminary and final judgments of the court are...more

The UK’s second DPA: a hopeful judgment

The approval of the Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) between the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and XYZ Limited (XYZ) by Leveson LJ on 8 July 2016 has generated much breathless commentary, not least because it is only the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Federal Reserve Announces Extension of Conformance Period under Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act - On July 7, 2016, the Federal Reserve announced that it will extend until July 21, 2017 the conformance period...more

EU Proposal to Address Virtual Currency Exchanges & Wallet Providers in Anti-Money Laundering Laws

The European Commission recently published a proposal to amend the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, the legislation that specifies the anti-money laundering, or AML, and counter terrorist financing rules for EU Member...more

Bridging the Week - July 2016 #2

Michael Coscia Sentenced to Three Years’ Imprisonment for Spoofing and Commodity Fraud: Michael Coscia, the first person prosecuted and convicted under a law prohibiting spoofing that was enacted after the 2007-2008...more

New Frontier for Bank Secrecy Act Prosecutions: Trade-Based Money Laundering

Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. law enforcement and financial regulatory agencies have focused on disrupting the use of the financial system by terrorist groups, criminal organizations and tax evaders to...more

Bridging the Week - July 2016

Government Seeks Maximum Sentence in Coscia Criminal Action: The United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago requested last week that the judge presiding over the criminal trial of Michel Coscia impose the maximum sentence...more

UK Market Abuse Regime Extends Its Reach: Implications for Market Participants

The new regime shares the same aims as its predecessor—to ensure the integrity of EU financial markets and enhance investor confidence—and keeps pace with market developments such as new trading platforms, new technology, and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Just prior to the July 4th holiday a legend of the federal securities bar passed away. Irving Pollock, or Irv as he was known, was the father of the SEC’s Enforcement Division. A New Mexico jury handed the Commission a...more

Wall Street Executive Pleads Guilty In Investment Fraud

Andrew Caspersen, a former managing principal of Blackstone Group, and a partner at Park Hill Group which raises capital for private equity, pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud. U.S. v....more

Jury Rejects SEC’s Key Claims While Deadlocking on Others

A jury rejected most counts brought by the SEC against two senior executives of Thornburg Mortgage, Inc., the second largest independent mortgage company in the country. The charges centered on a market crisis era scheme in...more

SEC Steps Up Cybersecurity Enforcement with $1 Million Fine Against Morgan Stanley

The Security and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) recent $1 million settlement with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“MSSB”) marked a turning point in the agency’s focus on cybersecurity issues, an area that the agency has...more

U.S. Targets Private Equity Funds for FCPA Scrutiny

The private equity industry is facing increased scrutiny by the U.S. Government for potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has created a new private...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Merrill Lynch was at the center of actions brought by the SEC and FINRA this week. One action charged the firm with violations of the customer protection rule tied to using customer cash and failing to protect their...more

DOJ - SEC Resolve FCPA Actions – Consider Cooperation

A Massachusetts based medical imaging company resolved FCPA charges with the DOJ and the SEC stemming from actions taken by its Danish subsidiary and its CFO. The actions center on about 180 suspicious transactions in Russia...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #3

SEC Overturns CBOE Determination That Individual Traders of Two Omnibus Accounts Were Customers Requiring Application of Customer Identification Rule - The Securities and Exchange Commission set aside a determination by...more

FCA Enforcement Action Overview

Reed Smith’s Enforcement Action by the FCA 2016 is a useful overview of enforcement action taken by the FCA in 2016. Enforcement action is important in terms of showing where the focus of the regulator is in terms of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Insider trading was a key focus this week. Two actions were brought based on information secured from the FDA and CMS by former employees who were employed by and investment adviser. Another case centered on tips by a...more

Left Swinging: Why Mickelson Went Uncharged For Insider Trading

In Depth - The Securities and Exchange Commission recently revealed details of an insider trading case against a gambler named William Walters, who allegedly engaged in insider trading based on information he obtained...more

Asset managers’ guide to the EU Market Abuse Regulation: will you be compliant on 3 July 2016?

The EU Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014) (“MAR”) applies from 3 July 2016. This guide is intended as an aid to asset managers in assessing, in the weeks running up to 3 July but also on an ongoing basis, whether amendments...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The elements of an insider trading claim continued to be a key focus this week. The first circuit, following prior circuit precedent, held that a personal benefit based on a long term friendship and a steak dinner was...more

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