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Several years have now passed since the financial crisis and the onslaught of regulations intended to prevent a future crisis. Regulatory reform has assuredly resulted in significant changes to our financial services sector....more

Major FCPA Enforcement Action Against Nation’s Largest Publicly Traded Hedge Fund

In one of the largest FCPA settlements in history, hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (“Och-Ziff”) recently resolved a long-running government inquiry by agreeing to $413 million in financial penalties and a...more

FINRA to Conduct Targeted Exams of Unit Investment Trust Rollovers

FINRA recently announced that it will be conducting an inquiry into unit investment trust (“UIT”) rollovers. UITs generally are unmanaged registered investment companies that are comprised of a fixed portfolio of securities...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 276-Regulator Evolution [Video]

In this episode Red Flag Group CEO Scott Lane and I discuss how regulators thinking on best practices compliance programs has evolved. ...more

Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program-Hallmark 7 [Video]

In this podcast, I discuss the most vexing problem of a best practices compliance program, managing third party risk. ...more

Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program-Hallmark 4, risk assessments [Video]

In this 10-episode podcast series I take a look at the hallmarks of an effective compliance program. In this episode I review Hallmark 4-risk assessments....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 265-Managing Supply Chain Risk, Part I-with Jared Connors [Video]

In this episode I begin a multi-part series with Jared Connors on how to manage your supply chain risk. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 261-the Role Of HR in a Best Practices Compliance Program [Video]

This episode is the audio portion of a webinar I put on for the SCCE and in it I go into a deep dive on the role of HR in a best practices compliance program. ...more

Competition News May 2016

Divesture commitments in a merger operation: reminder to maintain the profitability of the transferred business - On April 19, 2016, the French Competition Authority (FCA) once again punished the failure to respect the...more

Franchise & Distribution News, Number 2

Ontario Passes New Legislation Governing Tips and Gratuities - Ontario restaurants, bars and other businesses with employees who receive some of their pay through tips and gratuities will face new laws governing how...more

Court Rules Dissolution of Cooperative Corporation Is A Process, Not A Flash

I don’t see that many cases involving California’s Cooperative Corporation Law and so I was interested in a recent ruling by Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in English & Sons, Inc. v. Straw Hat Rests., Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 245-Michael Bassett from Conference Executive Board Canada [Video]

In this episode I visit with Michael Bassett from Conference Executive Board Canada about the work by CEB to promote better risk management and governance with Board of Directors....more

S.D.N.Y Dismisses Former Employee’s SOX and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently granted a motion for summary judgment dismissing a plaintiff’s SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower claims. The court ruled that the plaintiff failed to...more

Cybersecurity Preparedness & Response Alert: Effective Cybersecurity: The Evolving Regulatory Landscape for Investment Advisers,...

Cybersecurity has become a top concern for executives and boards across all sectors of commerce and critical infrastructure that rely on digital technologies—including financial services—and investment advisers, investment...more

Second Circuit Overturns Fraud Convictions in United States v. Litvak

The Second Circuit found no proof of material misrepresentations as to some charges, and held that expert testimony was improperly excluded as to others. On December 8, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit...more

FAST Forward - A Summary of the Securities Law Provisions of the FAST Act

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (“FAST Act”), which includes a number of securities law related provisions that had previously been the subject of individual bills...more

Professor Coffee and Judge Rakoff Comment on Securities Class Actions

Since its inception, the concept of class action litigation – in a securities context or otherwise – has been met with arguments for and against it. To be sure, a class action suit is often the only way to properly...more

October 2015: Securities & Structured Finance Litigation Update

Renewed Potency for Personal Jurisdiction Defenses in the United States. Personal jurisdiction may be an afterthought for many lawyers. But recent developments—including an August 4, 2015 decision in the ongoing LIBOR...more

Polsinelli Podcast - What Employers Need to Know About Dealing With Cash [Audio]

If you own a smaller business and routinely deposit cash into the bank, there are changes underway that could one day make banks no longer want to handle cash. What does this mean for your business and what’s behind the...more

SEC Sanctions Dark Pool Operator and Affiliated High Frequency Trader

In the latest round of regulatory action involving high frequency trading and dark pools, the SEC announced yesterday that it reached a settlement with ITG, Inc., and its affiliate Alternet Securities, Inc., imposing a $20.3...more

House Financial Services Committee Mark-Up of JOBS Act Bills

On May 20th, the Committee will be meeting beginning at 10am in an open session to mark up eleven bills that relate to various capital formation and JOBS Act measures. We have reported on a number of these bills in prior...more

Why Locate Your Business in New York?

New York is a great place to live and do business. The state is running an active marketing campaign to let the world know and to attract new business to the state....more

Proxy Access – Week of May 10 – The Trend is Clear

During the week of May 10, 2015, 8-Ks were filed that disclosed 11 shareholder sponsored proxy access proposals passed and one failed. All required three percent ownership for three years and all were opposed by the company...more

Observations on the SEC’s Proposed Pay Versus Performance Rule

The SEC has issued a proposed rule to require companies to disclose the relationship between executive compensation and the financial performance of a company. The details of the proposed rule have been well publicized, and...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - April 2015

We knew someone would do this for us if we just waited long enough. A summary of early trends in proxy access responses suggests most are including the shareholder proposal and recommending a no vote. See here. Only a single...more

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