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Anti-Corruption Digest - April 2014

Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. Anti-corruption enforcement crosses boundaries like no other, so keeping up to date is more important than ever. In this digest, we draw together news of...more

Are High Frequency Traders Playing Fast and Loose With the Rules?

When high frequency trading (HFT) first crept into the public consciousness, it related to primarily to the question of whether rapid, computer driven trading posed risks to the safety and stability of the trading markets. ...more

M&A Update: Ohio Federal Judge Blocks Controlling Stockholder’s Tender Offer Based On Target Board’s Conflicts and Stockholder...

In a March 14, 2014 decision that has received little commentary, an Ohio federal court in Spachman v. Great American Insurance Co. took the extraordinary step of enjoining a tender offer by Great American Insurance, a...more

Expect greater SEC scrutiny of activist hedge funds that share information or collaborate in advance of their trades

A recent Wall Street Journal article – “Activist Investors Often Leak Their Plans to a Favored Few” – focused attention on “activist” investors and stock analysts who (as part of their bullish or bearish campaigns for or...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending April 17, 2014)

High speed trading continued to be a central focus in this shortened week with the markets closed on Friday. The New York Attorney General has reportedly issued subpoenas to three firms for information regarding their...more

SEC Obtains Settlement for Violations of Registration Rules and “Layering”

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced a settlement with two brokerage firms and certain of their executives for improper compensation-sharing and “layering,” a strategy in which a trader places and later...more

SEC Charges Adviser, Others In Fee Splitting Scheme

A registered investment adviser and its principals were named as Respondents in a proceeding that centers on allegations of undisclosed revenue sharing arrangements, conflict of interest, violations of the custody rule and...more

Mergers & Acquisitions Alert: Controlling Stockholder Squeeze-Outs May Be Structured to Achieve Deferential “Business Judgment...

In Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (Del. Mar. 14, 2014), the Delaware Supreme Court recently decided that a going private transaction sponsored by the controlling stockholder of a Delaware corporation may, under certain...more

Supreme Court Expands Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Private Companies

In 2002, after corporate fraud at Enron led to the company's collapse, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Under SOX's main whistleblower protection provision, an employee of a publicly traded company who claims...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 14, 2014

Agencies Apply Increased Leverage Ratio to Large U.S. Banks - On April 8, the Fed, FDIC and OCC adopted the final rule to increase the leverage ratio for the largest U.S. banks. The final rule applies to U.S. bank...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 15

In this issue: - SEC Issues New FAQs on Conflict Minerals - SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Amendments to the Broker-Dealer Reporting Rule - FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Regarding...more

The SEC’s Continuing Investigation Regarding Carter’s, Inc.

Carter’s Inc. is the SEC investigation that just keeps on producing cases. Recently former firm vice president Richard Posey settled insider trading charges with the Commission after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy...more

An Overview of the 2014 Class Action Survey [Video]

To read the full 2014 Class Action Survey report, please visit ClassActionSurvey.com. Fifty-two percent of major companies are currently engaged in class action litigation. This percentage has remained fairly consistent...more

Co-Owner of an Unregistered New Jersey Brokerage Firm Settles “Spoofing” Charges

The SEC filed a settled administrative proceeding against an owner of a New Jersey based brokerage firm for engaging in an illegal “layering” or “spoofing” scheme that resulted in unlawful profits of almost $1 million. See...more

Offshore Fund-Related Litigation

Litigation against directors, officers and professional service providers, following the collapse of offshore funds and collective investment schemes such as Madoff and Weavering, continues to proceed in a variety of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending April 11, 2014)

Former hedge fund giant SAC Capital was sentenced this week. This concluded one of the most prominent insider trading cases. Under the terms of the sentence SAC Capital will no longer accept public funds....more

Give Me That Old-Time Insider Trading

Recently I had a question that required me to review Don Langevoort’s comprehensive insider trading treatise. It got me thinking about the roots of insider trading law. Specifically, the pre-SEC, pre-10b-5 insider trading...more

Bank of America Settles RMBS Securities Claims for US$9.3 Billion

On March 26, Bank of America and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced a settlement of FHFA’s RMBS-related suits against the Bank. The Bank has agreed to pay...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Securities Class Action for Failure to Properly Plead Scienter

On March 28, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a shareholder class action against BioMimetic Therapeutics Inc., finding that plaintiffs had failed to sufficiently allege that...more

Appropriate Cautionary Language Leads to Dismissal of Investor’s Securities Fraud Suit

A California district court recently dismissed Mellanox Technologies Ltd. investors’ claims that the company made false statements about both its prominence in the interconnect market and its revenue and growth prospects. The...more

Repurchase Suits to Proceed Against DB Structured Products

On March 20, Judge Alison J. Nathan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted in part and denied in part DB Structured Products, Inc.’s, (DBSP) motions to dismiss four lawsuits brought...more

Honey, You Did What? SEC Charges Yet Another Spouse With Insider Trading

On March 31, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought insider trading charges against Ching Hwa Chen, the husband of a corporate insider, alleging that he misappropriated financial information from his wife and...more

SEC Steps Up Scrutiny of Municipal Bonds: Recently Filed Enforcement Actions

As Bret Leone-Quick discussed in a post last week, the SEC has been stepping up its scrutiny of municipal bond offerings. Indeed, in the last year the SEC has filed a number of enforcement actions against municipal bond...more

Securities Class Actions Receive Increased Scrutiny: District Court Applies “Stringent Standards” Of Dukes And Comcast To Deny...

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently denied certification of a putative securities law class after finding that plaintiff failed to put forth actual facts showing adequacy and...more

SEC Files Settled Financial Fraud Actions

The SEC filed financial fraud actions against drug store giant CVS Caremark Corporation and its Retail Controller, Laird Daniels, CPA. CVS was charged with “intentional misconduct” based on alleged violations of Exchange Act...more

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