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Supreme Court Rejects the Government’s “Fishy” Interpretation of Sarbanes-Oxley Obstruction Statute

On February 25, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Yates v. United States.1 This case involved the interpretation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1519, a statute that was added as part of the...more

Court Reins In Prosecutorial Overreach in Insider Trading Cases

In an effort to reinstate powers stripped from them by the Court of Appeals in U.S. v. Newman and Chiasson, prosecutors have sought a rehearing of the landmark Second Circuit decision which severely curtailed the scope of...more

Conviction of First Foreign Official at Trial for Money Laundering Based on Underlying FCPA Bribery Scheme Upheld

Following on the heels of its landmark 2014 ruling in United States v. Esquenazi, the Eleventh Circuit has issued another important decision addressing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in a related case, United States...more

SEC – NY AG Halt Fraudulent Investment Scheme

The SEC teamed last week with the New York AG to halt an on-going investment fund fraud run by a Pakistani citizen residing in New York. The SEC obtained a freeze order. The NY AG filed criminal charges and arrested the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 6

In this issue: - SEC Publishes Rules for Reporting Security-Based Swaps - SEC Proposes Rules for Disclosure of Companies’ Hedging Policies - CFTC Extends Relief From Certain OCR Requirements - NFA...more

"France's Double-Trial System for Market Abuses May Be Headed for Reform"

In 2015, the French double-trial system for market abuses will be referred to the Constitutional Council for an assessment of the system’s constitutionality under the double jeopardy rule (or, using the Latin maxim, the ne...more

Bridging the Week - February 2015

CFTC Commissioner Laments Flawed US Swaps Trading Model - J. Christopher Giancarlo, the newest commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, published a white paper that severely criticized the Commission’s...more

The 1st FCPA Case Of 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice wasted no time announcing its first Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case of 2015. On Jan. 6, 2015, just two days into the first full week of the new year, Dmitrij Harder, the former owner and...more

Medical Marijuana Update—More Confusion by the Federal Government

In my post of June of last year, I wrote about the dangers that commercial lenders may face should they provide financing to borrowers who lease to medical marijuana dispensaries real property that is pledged as collateral...more

S.D.N.Y. Vacates Insider Trading Guilty Pleas, Shows How It’s Done

As you probably know if you’re reading this, in December the Second Circuit upended insider trading law for “tipping” cases by (1) giving some structure to the definition of the personal benefit that must come to the original...more

The Aftermath of Newman Likely to Cause Problems for Prosecutors in Old and New Cases

In what is possibly a harbinger of how other courts will interpret the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s landmark insider trading ruling in United States v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir. 2014), Judge Andrew...more

"United Kingdom: The SFO Focuses on Corporate Fraud and Corruption"

Once the subject of speculation regarding its possible consolidation with other agencies, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had an exceedingly busy 2014, with all signs suggesting that it will continue its aggressive enforcement...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2015 #3

In this issue: - US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Releases Community Reinvestment Act Evaluations - Amendment to Regulation on Supervisory Reporting of Institutions on Asset Encumbrance, Single Data...more

Federal Prosecutors Charge Canadian Trader in “Layering” Scheme

The US Attorney for the District of New Jersey recently filed criminal securities and wire fraud charges against a Canadian man, Aleksandr Milrud, alleging that he engaged in a fraudulent scheme to manipulate the stock...more

Supreme Court Permits Appeal To Go Forward in LIBOR Antitrust Lawsuit

On January 21, 2015, the Supreme Court decided a narrow but important issue of appellate jurisdiction in cases that have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. A...more

Personal Benefit Test Does Not Apply To Misappropriation Theory of Insider Trading — USAO

In U.S. v. Newman, Nos. 13-1837-cr, 13-1917, 2014 WL 6911278 (2nd Cir. Decided Dec. 10, 2014) the Second Circuit handed prosecutors perhaps the only defeat they have suffered in recent years in an insider trading cases. After...more

SEC Charges Attorney For Allegedly False Legal Opinion

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges against an attorney who was allegedly involved in the filing of false registration statements.  The SEC’s order instituting proceedings alleges that the...more

Tipper in Serial Insider Trading Ring Indicted

Criminal insider trading charges were filed against the former managing clerk of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Steven Metro. U.S. v. Metro (D. N.J. Jan. 15, 2015). Mr. Metro was indicted by a grand jury on one count of...more

Financial Services Regulatory Update: FX Investigations: Lessons Learnt From International Investigations

As the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) continue their respective investigations of the conduct of financial institutions in relation to...more

DOJ Kicks Off 2015 with an FCPA Enforcement Action Against a Former President of a Philadelphia Consulting Company

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) wasted no time announcing its first Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) case of 2015. On January 6, 2015, just two days into the first full week of the new year, Dmitrij Harder, the...more

Supreme Court Update: Jesinoski V. Countrywide Home Loans (13-684) And Whitfield V. United States (13-9026)

Greetings, Court fans! The Court returned to action yesterday with two quick-and-unanimous decisions on statutory construction, Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans (13-684), addressing the time and manner for exercising...more

DIFC Market Abuse Regime - DFSA publishes Code of Market Conduct

On 16 December the Dubai Financial Services Authority (‘DFSA’) published its Code of Market Conduct (the ‘Code’) which will apply from 1 January 2015. The Code is intended to provide guidance and clarity to the market abuse...more

Compliance Week: Insider-Trading Gets More Complicated

Over the last five years, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, has aggressively pursued insider-trading cases against a broad spectrum of defendants. As a result, insider trading remains a...more

Three More Thoughts about United States v. Newman

In the wake of the Second Circuit’s huge remote tippee insider trading decision from two weeks ago in United States v. Newman, three more things occur to me. To recap, the court held that to be liable for insider trading in...more

Reversing Convictions, Second Circuit Clarifies Scope of Tippee’s Required Knowledge in Insider Trading Cases

On December 10, 2014, the Second Circuit reversed insider trading convictions of two former hedge fund managers, holding that, to sustain a conviction for insider trading, the government must prove a tippee who trades on the...more

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