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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

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

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission closed out the week before the holidays with a joint press conference with the Manhattan U.S. Attorney. The U.S. Attorney and the Director of Enforcement announced actions against former hedge fund manager and...more

Newly Proposed Anti-Money Laundering Regulations in New York Signal Increasing Personal Criminal Liability for AML/BSA Compliance...

Earlier this month, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced newly proposed anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering regulations that impose increased compliance requirements and more importantly, vastly expanded...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

Crowdfunding – Old-Fashioned Potato Salad or New-Fangled Money Laundering Tool?

Have you ever been depressed when a Kickstarter project to make potato salad proceeded to rake in more than your annual salary? Felt a sense of despair as an Indiegogo campaign to develop an X-rated card game went on to...more

Weak Compliance Programs Won’t Protect You from Criminal Misconduct

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Criminal Division has now hired “Compliance Counsel” but the Department has no plans to move towards making a formal compliance defense available to those charged with regulatory...more

"SEC Announces Enforcement Results for Fiscal Year 2015"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently announced its enforcement results for fiscal year 2015. The release touted high-impact and first-of their-kind actions, as well as an increase in the number and...more

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

The UK Government recently announced that it has shelved its plan to introduce a new corporate criminal offence for failing to prevent economic crime. However, corporates should still beware other potential criminal...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

The Department of Justice's Focus on Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing

The Department of Justice's Focus on Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing - The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued a memo reiterating its commitment to the criminal and civil investigation and...more

"Department of Justice Issues Guidance to Criminal and Civil Prosecutors to Facilitate Individual Prosecutions in Corporate...

On September 9, 2015, the Department of Justice (the Department) publicly announced that it had issued guidance to its criminal and civil prosecutors that purports to change, at least in part, the Department’s approach to...more

DOJ: Companies, Serve Up Your Executives!

On September 9, 2015, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued an internal memorandum regarding individual accountability for corporate wrongdoing. The memo, authored by Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates, is aimed...more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2015

Welcome to the August 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

How Private Is Your Non-Public Information? Hackers And Traders Implicated In Criminal And Civil Suits In Hacking Securities Fraud...

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) unsealed two indictments on August 11, 2015 that bring charges against a network of...more

The Circuits Are Split: Are Tangible Benefits Required for Insider Trading Liability?

The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision calls into question the Second Circuit’s definition of “personal benefit” for insider trading liability in criminal prosecutions. On July 6, 2015, United States District Court Judge...more

Business Litigation Report - June 2015

In This Issue: ..From 20 Years to Zero in Six Trial Days - Noted With Interest: ..FedEx Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors? The Ninth Circuit Weighs in on California’s Murky “Right-to-Control”...more

Culture of Corruption in the Financial Industry: A Closer Look

A closer look at new research data about corruption in the financial industry: is the industry as far behind on organizational culture as it might seem?  A recent study, “The Street, The Bull and The Crisis: A Survey of...more

Department of Justice Reprioritizes Asset Seizure in Structuring Cases But Risks Remain

On December 23, 2014, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina filed a Complaint for Forfeiture In Rem seeking to forfeit $107,702.66 belonging to Lyndon McLellan, the owner of L&M Convenient Mart...more

Anti-Money Laundering Trends: Facts, Findings, and Lessons Learned

Increased anti-money laundering (AML) regulation enforcement by federal and state agencies in recent months should have financial institutions across the country reviewing and strengthening their in-house AML policies and...more

The DOJ Sends Strong Messages Regarding Corporate Cooperation in Criminal Matters

During prepared remarks in April 2015, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell discussed corporate cooperation in criminal FCPA investigations. AAG Caldwell emphasized that a company’s self-disclosure of issues to the...more

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