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The Political Implications Of UK's Tom Hayes Verdict

On Monday, Aug. 3, Tom Hayes was convicted and sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment for his part in the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor). The result has attracted attention because it was the first...more

Unprecedented Hacking and Trading Scheme Highlights Important Cybersecurity Lessons - OJ and SEC charge hackers and traders after...

On August 11, 2015, federal prosecutors in the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of New York unsealed indictments against nine individuals in the United States and Ukraine who were allegedly involved in a...more

SEC probes US Banks for Mexican Drug Cartel Ties

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating two prominent US banks for ties to Mexican drug cartels. Reuters has reported that the SEC is conducting a sweep of the brokerage industry to ensure compliance...more

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

Former SAP Executive Pleads Guilty to Paying “Necessary” Bribes

On August 12, the DOJ and SEC announced joint enforcement actions against software giant SAP International’s former head of Latin American sales, Vicente Garcia. Garcia pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the FCPA and...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

New Twist on Insider Trading

Two federal indictments this week revealed a new approach to an old crime. The indictments returned in New Jersey (United States v. Turchynov et al., Case No. 2:15-CR-390) and the Eastern District of New York (United States...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

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending August 14, 2015)

A second insider trading action was brought by the Commission against a senior banking official based on the same take-over for which he was previously charged — but a different securities trading account is at the center of...more

SEC Sues 32 Defendants Involved in Insider Trading Operation; DOJ Files Criminal Charges Against Leaders

On August 10, the SEC filed a complaint against 32 defendants in the District of New Jersey for their alleged involvement in an international scheme to profit from stolen, confidential information regarding corporate earnings...more

SEC, Insider Trading and Cyber Security: An International Hacking—Insider Trading Ring

Cyber security is a key focus for virtually everyone these days. The SEC, for example, has been issuing releases discussing disclosure requirements and offering guidance for a number of years. Prominent issuers have reported...more

UK's Serious Fraud Office Secures LIBOR Conviction

On Monday, August 3, Tom Hayes was convicted and sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment for his part in the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). The result has attracted attention because it was the first...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

Former Derivatives Trader Convicted and Sentenced in U.K. on Libor Manipulation Charges, Also Facing Criminal Charges in U.S.

On August 3, a jury in the United Kingdom convicted former derivatives trader Tom Hayes on eight counts of fraud for his role in the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) for Japanese Yen. Hayes was...more

Last Madoff Employee Sentenced to Prison

The former Controller at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC was sentenced following the entry of guilty pleas in 2012. He is the last of the Madoff employees to be sentenced to prison. U.S. v. O’Hara, Case No....more

Big win for SFO in LIBOR trial – Tom Hayes sentenced to 14 years. More SFO prosecutions to come in financial sector?

The conviction of Tom Hayes in the first UK LIBOR trial is a watershed moment. It’s a big win for the SFO, although it must be said that a more damning book of evidence could not be imagined. The judge’s sentencing remarks...more

Dirks, Newman, Tippees And The Government’s Cert Petition

The Government filed its long awaited Petition for a Writ of Certiorari with the Supreme Court in the Newman insider trading case. The Petition presents three key issues which were generally presaged in the request for...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Government requested that the Supreme Court overturn U.S. v. Newman, the Second Circuit’s decision on tipping and the personal benefit test. Previously, the Second Circuit had declined a request to either rehear the case...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #53

We are pleased to present the 53rd edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent cases regarding compelled turnover of Facebook data, a revived securities class...more

SEC Charges Three For Six Microcap Fraud Manipulations

Microcap fraud has been a priority of SEC Enforcement since at least the formation of the Microcap Task Force about two years ago. The Commission has brought a series of cases focused largely on pump-and-dump schemes....more

SEC Settles With Stock Promoters in Medical Marijuana Stock Manipulation Scheme

On July 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission settled with two stock promoters accused of reaping $2.5 million in illicit profits by manipulating stocks of medical marijuana microcap companies. According to the proposed...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

Legal Minute - SEC Enforcement Actions: Federal Court vs. In-House Proceedings [Video]

White Collar & Government Investigations Partner Tim Belevetz discusses SEC administrative proceedings and their increasing use by the SEC's Division of Enforcement. He analyzes the differences between an enforcement action...more

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