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Court Ruling Regarding the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held today that a portion of the SEC’s conflict minerals reporting regulations – and possibly a portion of the underlying Dodd Frank Act – compel speech in violation...more

Name And Shame No More?

The last few years has seen the rise of so-called “name and shame” laws. The aims of many these laws may be laudable, but yesterday’s decision by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit calls their...more

Circuit Court Largely Rejects Challenges To SEC Conflict Mineral Rules

The SEC largely prevailed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in a suit changing the Rules promulgated by the agency under Dodd-Frank regarding conflict minerals. National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC, No.. 13-5252...more

OSHA Releases Interim Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Regulations

OSHA recently released the interim final text of regulations implementing the whistleblower protection provision (Section 1057) in Dodd-Frank. The interim final regulations establish the timing and processes for handling...more

SEC Launches Cooperation Initiative to Encourage Municipal Issuers and Underwriters to Self-Report Continuing Disclosure...

On March 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced that issuers and underwriters of municipal securities may voluntarily report materially inaccurate statements made in offering documents regarding...more

Fund Principal Partially Resolves Administrative Charges

A principal of an investment adviser partially settled a previously filed administrative proceeding which centers on claims that he and another Respondent improperly advised their clients to invest in off-shore funds without...more

Just How Binding Are SEC Statements In An Adopting Release?

Two years ago, I coined the term ““ARR Ratio”. The ARR Ratio (Adopting Release to Rule Ratio) is calculated by dividing the total number of words in the Adopting Release by the total number of words in the actual text of the...more

Money Manager Sues SEC to Stop Administrative Action in $1.5 Billion CDO Case

A money manager and his firm recently sued the Securities and Exchange Commission claiming that the agency violated their constitutional rights by bringing an administrative proceeding for securities claims in connection with...more

Did the IRS Just Help or Hurt the Bitcoin Economy?  [Video]

Apr. 1, 2014 -- Houman Shadab, Associate Professor at New York Law School, talks with Lee Pacchia about recent developments in the bitcoin economy....more

‘Big Short’ Case Tests the Reach of the SEC’s Administrative Forum

On March 21, Wing Chau – a subprime CDO manager who featured prominently in Michael Lewis’s best-selling book “The Big Short” – sued the SEC, claiming that the SEC violated his constitutional rights by choosing to bring its...more

New York Trial Court Holds that Administrative Orders Do Not Constitute "Final Adjudications"

New York Trial Court Holds that Administrative Orders Do Not Constitute “Final Adjudications” For Purposes of Applying Fraud/Dishonesty Exclusion in Professional Liability Policy - A recent New York trial court...more

Trade Reporting: SEC Approves FINRA Rule Requiring Alternative Trading Systems to Report Activity Weekly

US-registered broker-dealers that operate Alternative Trading Systems will have to report volume information, by security, to FINRA weekly. The first report, for the week of May 12, 2014, is due May 28, 2014. ATS will, by...more

The SEC’s New Policy on Admissions: What Does It Mean for Whistleblowers?

When SEC Chair Mary Jo White took the reins of the agency last year, one of her first and most highly publicized initiatives was to re-examine the SEC’s policy on “no-admit, no-deny” settlements, meaning settlements in which...more

Second Circuit Upholds SEC’s Authority to Obtain Disgorgement from Non-Trading Insider Profits Earned by Portfolio Fund from...

In SEC v. Contorinis, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 2927 (2d Cir. Feb. 18, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the authority of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to obtain...more

SEC Issues FAQs on Financial Responsibility Rules

The guidance addresses expense arrangements, buy-in procedures, free credit balances, sweep programs, and bulk transfers, among other things. On March 6, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued...more

Florida Regulator to Overhaul Securities and Investment Adviser Regulations

Pamela P. Epting, Director of the Division of Securities in the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, has announced a major reorganization and revision of the Division’s administrative rules and invited suggestions for...more

SEC to Scrutinize Never-Examined Investment Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued two important announcements regarding its examination of SEC-registered investment advisers. In January 2014, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and...more

SEC Enforcement Division Encourages Self-Reporting by Municipal Securities Issuers and Underwriters

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Enforcement Division introduced an initiative to encourage self-reporting by municipal securities issuers and underwriters of possible securities law violations...more

SOX Un-Boxed

Prepare for DOL whistleblower litigation. The Supreme Court has ruled on the scope of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act whistleblower provision. According to SCOTUS, SOX allows any employee to bring a whistleblower complaint, so long...more

Insider Trading Investigations: What To Watch for in 2014

Christopher Clark is a partner at Latham & Watkins where he represents public companies, alternative investment entities such as hedge funds, and individuals in both criminal and civil investigations involving state and...more

Brother Can You Spare $8.9 Billion? Making Sense of SEC Civil Money Penalties

If you or your company has ever been involved in a long SEC enforcement investigation, you’ve probably gone through the five stages of grief?denial that you did anything wrong, anger that the enforcement lawyers are pursuing...more

On a “Clear and Convincing Day”: The Administrative Review Board Gives Employers Some Helpful Guidance

As we have discussed in earlier posts, the Administrative Review Board (ARB) has, over the last couple of years, issued a number of opinions signaling a decidedly employee-friendly interpretation of the whistleblower statutes...more

SEC Settles with Portfolio Manager of Private Equity Fund of Funds Over Undisclosed Valuation Practice That Inflated Fund...

The SEC settled public administrative proceedings against a portfolio manager (the “Portfolio Manager”) over misrepresentations he made or caused to be made to prospective and existing investors in the private equity fund of...more

"The CFTC’s Fraud-Based Manipulation Authority Raises Questions"

In October 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission used enforcement powers it gained under the Dodd-Frank Act in an order finding that a major financial institution recklessly employed manipulative devices in trading...more

U.S. Administrative Law Judge Suspends Chinese Affiliates of “Big Four” Accounting Firms

In a surprising turn in the long-running and widely reported dispute between the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Chinese affiliates of the “Big Four” accounting firms, on January 22, 2014, a U.S....more

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