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Microcap Fraud: An FBI Controlled Shell Company

Five men came together to plan the manipulation of an over-the-counter traded shell. What they did not know was that the shell was controlled by the FBI. SEC v. Affa, Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-12959 (D. Mass. Filed July 11,...more

The Benefits of Cooperation

Enforcement officials frequently emphasize the benefits of cooperation. The cases involving former Credit Suisse Managing Director David Higgs illustrate the point. U. S. v. Higgs, 1:12-cr-00088 (S.D.N.Y. Plea February 1,...more

FTC Settles Claims Against Credit Repair Company

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it has entered into a settlement with one of the nation’s largest credit repair companies and its owners for alleged violations of the Credit Repair Organizations Act...more

Criminal Exposure for Securities Fraud Expanded in the Fourth Circuit, Rejecting Janus for Criminal Matters

Last month, in Prousalis v. Moore (May 7, 2014), a criminal securities fraud case, the Fourth Circuit held that the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Rule 10b-5(b) in Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivative Traders...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Convictions in “Pump-and-Dump” Stock Fraud Scheme

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently upheld convictions for defendants who engaged in an illegal pump-and-dump stock manipulation scheme. Defendants, who participated with seven others in a conspiracy to...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending May 23, 2014)

SEC Chair Mary Jo White indicated in comments this week that the agency plans to make greater use of Exchange Section 20(b) in the future. That section generally provides for imposing liability on those who cause another to...more

Fourth Circuit Declines to Extend Janus to Criminal Cases

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a lawyer’s habeas petition, finding that Janus Capital Group Inc. v. First Derivative Traders, a US Supreme Court case...more

Second Circuit Applies Morrison v. National Australia Bank to Allow Certain Extraterritorial Application of RICO

In European Community v. RJR Nabisco, Inc., Case No. 11-CV-2475 (2d Cir. Apr. 23, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) statute,...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending May 9, 2014)

The Commission issued an order which stayed the small segment of its controversial conflict mineral rule which the Court of Appeals concluded violated the First Amendment. The order does not impact the bulk of the rule. This...more

WKSI Waivers: More Guidance and Not Everyone Agrees

As we discussed here, on March 12, 2014, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revised its previous guidance on granting waivers to well-known seasoned issuers (WKSIs) to continue...more

IM Pleads Guilty After Bilking Institutions, Others Out of Billions

The investment manager and principal of WG Trading Company, LP and WG Trading Investors, Stephen Walsh, pleaded guilty to two counts of securities fraud. In entering the plea Mr. Walsh agreed to forfeit $50,743,779 which...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending April 11, 2014)

Former hedge fund giant SAC Capital was sentenced this week. This concluded one of the most prominent insider trading cases. Under the terms of the sentence SAC Capital will no longer accept public funds....more

New York DFS Obtains Substantial Settlement In Licensing Enforcement Action

On March 31, in an enforcement action with potential implications for a range of financial service providers, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced that an insurance holding company agreed to pay...more

Credit Crunch Digest

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on recent developments in Libor and the Foreign Exchange market litigation; Credit Suisse’s $885 million mortgage settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency; Irving...more

Allegations Of Collusion Among Financial Institutions—Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, What We’ve Learned

Over the last 15 years, financial institutions have paid billions of dollars to settle claims that they colluded with each other. Below, we discuss four separate matters, beginning with the Nasdaq spread cases in the late...more

SEC Prevails in Lawsuit Involving $50 Million Ponzi Scheme

On March 6, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ordered the former leaders of an investment group to pay more than $8 million in disgorgement and fines for their role in running a $50 million real...more

Market Professional Charged with Insider Trading by SEC – USAO

Another market professional apparently chose to make a bad day worse. It is bad enough to be caught up and charged with insider trading in a civil SEC enforcement action. It is worse to have those claims and criminal insider...more

Money Laundering Bulletin - Spring 2014

In This Issue: - UK. - News. - UK Court Proceedings & Enforcements Action. - International. - News. - International Enforcement Action. Excerpt from Money laundering cases surge after...more

Martoma by the Numbers

This week a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rendered a guilty verdict against the former SAC portfolio manager on two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit...more

SDNY Grants SEC’s Final Summary Judgment Claim in Securities and Investment Advisor Fraud Case

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the Securities and Exchange Commission summary judgment on its one outstanding securities fraud claim against Alberto Vilar and Gary Tanaka, co-founders of...more

Credit Crunch Digest - January 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on new fines and criminal charges in Libor-related cases; the staggering potential costs of resolving lawsuits filed by regulators against the major banks; a settlement in the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending January 31, 2014)

SEC Chair Mary Jo White declared that 2014 will be a very busy year for the Division of Enforcement. At the same time fellow Commissioner Michael Piwowar discussed the actions of banking regulators on issues being considered...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (The week ending January 24, 2014)

The insider trading trial of former SAC Capital employee Matthew Martoma continued this week. The SEC filed one new administrative proceeding this week as Washington, D.C. and much of the East coast was blanketed with snow...more

UK Government Steps Up Antibribery Enforcement

Recent actions by the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority indicate an increased focus on addressing allegations of bribery and corruption. It is clear that, in the wake of the Bribery Act 2010, the UK...more

Federal Authorities Announce Major BSA/AML Action Related To Madoff Scheme

On January 7, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the OCC, and FinCEN announced the resolution of criminal and civil BSA/AML violations by a major financial institution in connection with the bank’s...more

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