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Salman v. Newman: The developing standard for insider trading liability

The 9th Circuit just denied rehearing en banc in a closely watched decision that declined to adopt a broad interpretation of its influential sister circuit’s watershed opinion in United States v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir....more

How Private Is Your Non-Public Information? Hackers And Traders Implicated In Criminal And Civil Suits In Hacking Securities Fraud...

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) unsealed two indictments on August 11, 2015 that bring charges against a network of...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Apportionment In Advancement Case

Not infrequently, a former director may seek to have his attorney fees advanced in two pending matters, only one of which is covered by a corporation’s advancement obligations. An example would be an SEC action coupled with a...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015 #3

Hackers and Traders Charged by SEC and Department of Justice in International Securities Fraud Scheme - The computer servers of three major newswire companies were allegedly hacked as part of an elaborate illicit...more

July FCPA Compliance Digest | Bonus: Global Anti-Corruption News

July was a quiet month for FCPA compliance news. There were some rumors that the SEC and DOJ were in the process of revising A Resource Guide to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, but unfortunately The FCPA Blog shut down...more

DOJ Hires Compliance Counsel to Assist in Charging Decisions

New Compliance Counsel Will Assess Effectiveness of Corporate Compliance Programs - Last week the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed it is hiring a compliance counsel to assist DOJ prosecutors in assessing the...more

Fee Advancement Considerations Arise From Recent Delaware and Third Circuit Decisions

Recent decisions by the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Delaware Court of Chancery have raised important issues regarding fee advancement bylaws or policies of Delaware corporations. Please see full...more

The Circuits Are Split: Are Tangible Benefits Required for Insider Trading Liability?

The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision calls into question the Second Circuit’s definition of “personal benefit” for insider trading liability in criminal prosecutions. On July 6, 2015, United States District Court Judge...more

Firm Settles FCPA Claim With Non-Prosecution Agreement, VP Pleads Guilty

IAP Worldwide Services Inc., a Virginia based facilities management firm, entered into a non-prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice and agreed to pay a $7.1 million penalty to resolve FCPA charges. A vice...more

Major Recent Developments in International Anti-Corruption

There have been some significant developments in the world of international anti-corruption laws in recent months. The following are a few examples...more

Not just a compliance program, but an effective compliance program: SEC, DOJ issue strong reminders

In recent days the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have issued strong messages reemphasizing the importance of effective corporate compliance programs. Assistant Attorney General Leslie...more

BHP Billiton Resolves FCPA Charges with $25 Million Settlement

On May 20, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a $25 million settlement with Anglo-Australian natural resource extraction company BHP Billiton. The settlement resolves charges that the...more

The DOJ Sends Strong Messages Regarding Corporate Cooperation in Criminal Matters

During prepared remarks in April 2015, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell discussed corporate cooperation in criminal FCPA investigations. AAG Caldwell emphasized that a company’s self-disclosure of issues to the...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2015

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month with links to primary...more

DOJ Emphasizes Role of Criminal Prosecution in Addition to Regulatory Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Justice, through the Assistant Attorney General in charge of its Criminal Division, spoke forcefully on Tuesday regarding “the role of criminal law enforcement in prosecuting conduct that may also be...more

Second Circuit Denies DOJ’s Request for En Banc Review of Newman; Leaves Landmark Insider Trading Decision in Place

The Second Circuit today denied the request by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York for panel or en banc rehearing of the landmark U.S. v. Newman decision, which overturned insider-trading...more

Priorities For the SEC’s Enforcement Division

Last week SEC Enforcement Division Director Andrew Ceresney,testified before Congress regarding the efforts of the Division and its requested for additional funding, highlighting its priorities....more

Compliance Responses to Economic Downturns: A Focus On The Energy Sector – Part Two

II. Doing Less with Less - The current economic downturn in the energy space seems to follow a pattern, with businesses’ exhibiting predictable Pavlovian responses. When oil prices drop precipitously, companies who are...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC continued Operation Shell-Expel this week, suspending trading in the shares of 128 OTC issuers bringing its total for the program to about 8% of the shares traded in that market. The Commission also announced another...more

Sentencing of CEO Highlights Importance of a Good "Tone at the Top"

Highlighting the peril of unethical business leadership, a judge recently sentenced the former CEO of a bankrupt cash-management firm to 14 years in prison for defrauding more than 70 customers of more than $665 million...more

Personal Benefit Required Under Misappropriation Theory of Insider Trading

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr. rejected the argument by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York to limit the Second Circuit’s decision in United States v. Newman to classical...more

Just Who Is A Promoter And Why You May Want To Know

The California General Corporation Law uses, but does not define, the term “promoter”. For example, a promoter can be criminally prosecuted. Corporations Code Section 2251 provides that any promoter “who knowingly and...more

Read All About It-Newspaper Reporting And FCPA Allegations

One of the avenues rarely discussed for allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to work their way to the Department of Justice (DOJ) or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is through good...more

Canada and the United States Join Hands to Hunt Down Securities Fraud: Double Exposure for Companies and Their Executives?

Companies facing the recent surge of regulatory change in the United States, particularly under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, now may have Canadian regulators to worry about as well. On June...more

Corporate Governance Breakdowns

Corporate board members face a very tough environment. ...more

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