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The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 12 • June 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Golf fans were captivated by the US Open played at Chambers Bay, a public course overlooking Puget Sound in Washington state, which concluded on Sunday. The Wall Street Journal’s sports...more

SEC Charges Mutual Fund Board Members and Investment Adviser with Violations of Section 15(c) For Deficient Advisory Contract...

On June 17, 2015, the SEC charged Commonwealth Capital Management (“CCM”), an investment adviser to various mutual funds within World Funds Trust (“WFT”) and World Funds, Inc. (“WFI”), for violating Section 15(c) of the...more

SEC Sanctions KKR Over Fee Allocations

The SEC filed its first action involving a private equity fund and broken deal expenses. By the time the Commission discovered the question the firm realized it did not have a disclosure policy, retained a consultant to study...more

SEC Sanctions Goldman Based on Market Access Rule

The SEC filed another action based on its market access rule. This time the Respondent is Goldman, Sachs & Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. In the Matter of Goldman, Sachs & Co., Adm. Proc. File...more

Regulatory Risk Update: The Fair And Effective Markets Review - Recommendations To Strengthen UK Regulation Of FICC Markets And...

In the wake of a number of recent high profile LIBOR and Forex market abuses, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England established the Fair and Effective Markets Review ("FEMR") in June 2014 to...more

SEC Guidance on Regulation A+

Section 182. Rules 251 to 263: Question 182.01 - Question: Where an issuer elects to non-publicly submit a draft offering statement for staff review pursuant to Rule 252(d) of Regulation A before publicly filing...more

SEC Enforcement Defendants Descend on Georgia for Judicial Relief from the SEC’s Allegedly Unconstitutional In-House Tribunal

It is often hot in Georgia this time of year. In one particular Georgia federal court, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been feeling some of that heat on an issue of significant interest to subjects of...more

Georgia District Court Rules SEC’s Use of Administrative Law Judges In Insider Trading Case “Likely Unconstitutional”

On June 8, in Hill v. Securities And Exchange Commission, Civ. Action No. 1:15-CV-1801-LMM, a Georgia federal judge ruled that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s use of an in-house Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) to...more

SEC Has No Plans to Change the Way Administrative Judges Are Appointed (For Now)

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, entered a preliminary injunction preventing the SEC from conducting an administrative proceeding in an insider trading matter. In the...more

SEC to Appeal Preliminary Injunction Blocking Administrative Proceeding

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, entered a preliminary injunction preventing the SEC from conducting an administrative proceeding in an insider trading matter. The...more

District Judge Takes Jab at SEC’s Home-Court Advantage in Administrative Proceedings, But Defense Bar May Not Have a Slam Dunk

The defense bar recently won a significant victory in the battle to challenge the SEC’s expanded use of administrative proceedings, following the 2010 enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act, to seek penalties against unregulated...more

Are your sponsorship and hospitality controls enough to satisfy the FCPA? Maybe not

On May 20, 2015, the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) settled an administrative proceeding with global mining /commodities producer BHP Billiton, resolving allegations that the company violated the books and records...more

Tone-Deaf SEC Asks ALJ in Secret Whether Agency Pressured Him

For over a year, critics have questioned the fundamental fairness of the SEC’s administrative forum, including whether the Agency should act as prosecutor, judge and jury. Even as criticisms mount, the Commission Staff...more

Court Enters Preliminary Injunction Against SEC Administrative Proceeding

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, has entered a preliminary injunction preventing the SEC from conducting an administrative proceeding in an insider trading matter. The...more

SEC Division of Enforcement Provides Guidance on Forum Selection

The SEC generally can bring enforcement actions in either of two forums – a civil action in federal District Court or an SEC administrative proceeding (and/or cease-and-desist proceeding) before an administrative law judge....more

Achilles Macris v FCA: Court of Appeal Ruling Safeguards Individuals’ Rights in Regulatory Investigations

As part of its policy of credible deterrence, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has frequently sought to include specific examples of individuals’ behaviour in its enforcement notices in order to highlight the failings...more

Litigating With - And At - The SEC

Last year, the Enforcement Division of the SEC announced its intention to bring more enforcement actions in its own administrative forum rather than in federal court. The authors describe these administrative proceedings...more

Tariff Compliance Is Not Enough: FERC Imposes Nearly Thirty-Five Million Dollars in Penalties and Disgorgement against Powhatan...

On May 29, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an Order against Powhatan Energy Fund, LLC and its trading partners, Dr. Houlihan Chen, HEEP Fund, LLC and CU Fund, Inc. (together, “Powhatan”). FERC...more

Former Olympic Games Sponsor Settles With SEC for $25 Million Over FCPA Violations

On May 20, BHP Billiton Ltd. and BHP Billiton Plc (BHPB), a global resources company that sponsored the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, settled Securities and Exchange Commission charges of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects “Definitively, Specifically” Standard for SarbOx Whistleblower Claims

The Sixth Circuit this week rejected the “definitively and specifically” standard that had required a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower’s “reasonable belief” to closely track each element of the legal cause of action for the fraud...more

SEC Imposes $25 Million Penalty for FCPA Violations at 2008 Summer Olympics

On May 20, the SEC announced that it had instituted and settled administrative proceedings against a global resources company to resolve alleged FCPA violations during the 2008 Summer Olympics. According to the SEC’s...more

Another SEC FCPA Action Tied to Hospitality

Hospitality and effective compliance procedures are often critical issues when dealing with government officials. Those two issues came into sharp focus in the SEC’s latest FCPA case. In the Matter of BHP Billiton Ltd., Adm....more

Economic Downturn Week, Part III – The Desktop Risk Assessment

I continue my exploration of actions you can take to improve your compliance program during an economic downturn with a review of what my colleague Jan Farley, the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Dresser-Rand, called the...more

Having it Both Ways: Does the SEC’s Enforcement Division Guidance on Forum Selection Do Anything More Than Foreshadow Increased...

Earlier this month, the SEC’s Enforcement Division issued its “Approach to Forum Selection in Contested Actions.” This guidance comes at a time of heightened criticism regarding the SEC’s increasing reliance on administrative...more

ESMA Responds to Prospective Directive and Securitization Consultations

ESMA has responded to the European Commission’s consultations on the Prospective Directive and Securitization, recommending, in relation to prospectuses, an approach that would facilitate access to capital, while stressing...more

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