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Rengan Rajaratnam Settlement Exposes Weak Point in SEC’s Newish Admissions Policy

You remember Rengan Rajaratnam, right? He broke the S.D.N.Y.’s long streak of insider trading victories when a jury acquitted him in July. I wondered what the effect on his case with the SEC would be. Would he settle? ...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

As the government fiscal year drew to a close, the SEC continued what appears to be an emerging trend of filing insider trading actions as administrative proceedings rather than civil injunctive actions in Federal Court. The...more

Did the Summer Shine any Light on Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Land?

The summer saw a significant new development in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) whistleblower bounty program but failed to see any development on obtaining clarification as to the reach of the Dodd-Frank...more

Stacking the Deck: SEC’s Use of Administrative Proceedings

The SEC has a real perception problem. They cannot win in court. Whether this is fair or not, the SEC needs to move beyond this fear of losing since it only undermines the integrity of its enforcement program....more

"SEC Judge Issues Initial Decision Regarding Chinese Affiliates of the Big Four Accounting Firms"

On January 22, 2014, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Administrative Law Judge Cameron Elliot (the ALJ) issued an initial decision censuring the Chinese accounting firms affiliated with Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG LLP...more

Select Broker-Dealer, Investment Adviser, and Investment Company Enforcement Cases and Developments: 2012 Year in Review

This Outline highlights key U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC" or the "Commission") and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") enforcement developments and cases regarding broker-dealers during...more

Should Wall Street Fear Mary Jo White? [Video]

Feb. 1 (Bloomberg Law) -- Mary Jo White has spent decades as both a federal prosecutor and later as outside counsel for many financial institutions. If the Senate confirms her as SEC chair, will Wall Street be facing a lawyer...more

Justice Department and SEC Issue Guidance on Anti-Bribery Law

Originally published in Swampfox - January 22, 2013. In November 2012 the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a 120-page “resource guide” to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. ...more

Insider Trading Enforcement And Deterrence

It is hard to know whether the government’s aggressive enforcement of insider trading laws deters criminals from violating securities laws. One key factor in this equation is the risk of getting caught. The Obama...more

Internal Audit Review of Charitable Donations Under the FCPA

When is a rose not a rose? When it is a charitable donation not made for philanthropic purposes and it violates the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). I thought about that concept when reviewing the Eli Lilly and Company...more

Top Ten Enforcement Actions for 2012

As we welcome in 2013, it is appropriate to reflect back on some of the things which have occurred over 2012 and in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement world, it was quite a significant year. The Department...more

Five Biggest FCPA Stories Of 2012

One of my favorite “Seinfeld” episodes is when Jerry and George go to NBC to pitch their new television show which is about “nothing.” There are some parallels to this posting. FCPA settlements have dwindled during 2012....more

The Lilly FCPA Enforcement Action (Part III) Lessons Learned from Russia

This Part III is the final installment of my review of the Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) FCPA enforcement action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In this Part III, I will review the FCPA issues that...more

From China to Poland and Brazi l- The Lilly FCPA Enforcement Action- Part II

In Parts II and III of my review of the Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), I will discuss some the processes and...more

The Lilly FCPA Enforcement Action Part I – Key Lessons Learned on Sportsmanlike Conduct

As you see from today’s picture I am enthusiastically wearing a New England Patriots (classic) shirt. You may ask yourself why am I wearing this shirt? The reason is because of a rather rash wager I made with Jay Rosen, Vice...more

DOJ Announces LIBOR-Related Criminal Charges And Penalties, Regulators Announce Parallel Civil Enforcement Actions

On December 19, both federal law enforcement and U.S. and foreign regulatory authorities announced that a Japanese bank and its Swiss bank parent company agreed to pay more than $1.5 billion to resolve criminal and civil...more

Recent Decision Provides Helpful Guidance on FCPA's "Wide Net"

District Court Determines that the SEC Bears the Burden of Negating the 'Facilitating' Payments Exception - On December 11, 2012, in a rare opinion interpreting the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"), U.S....more

Is It the End of the (Compliance) World?

Today the Mayans predicted the world would end. I must say that I find the Mayans had a complete lack of courtesy, indeed if not foresight, as they did not identify the time the world would end and further did not specify if...more

Legal Alert: FCPA Resource Guide Issued

On November 14, 2012, the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the Enforcement Division of the United States Security and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued "A Resource Guide to the U.S....more

Insider Dealing

On December 13, the FSA published a press release announcing that Thomas Ammann, a former investment banker and FSA Approved Person at Mizuho International plc, had been sentenced to 2 years and 8 months imprisonment for two...more

DOJ and SEC Release New FCPA Resource Guide

On November 14, 2012, the SEC and the DOJ released their long-awaited Resource Guide to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which can be found here. The Resource Guide consolidates and summarizes the government’s previously...more

LEGAL ALERT – Were Our Predications Correct? Reviewing DOJ’s Guidance Regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

On November 8, 2012, we opined in the Global Connection as to what to expect from the anticipated Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) guidance in regard to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

Consultation Conclusions on the Regulation of Hong Kong IPO Sponsors – The Top Five Things You Need to Know

On December 12, 2012, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published its eagerly anticipated consultation conclusions concerning the regulation of IPO sponsors (the “Consultation Conclusions”). While a more detailed...more

Dancing Around The Edges: A Journey In The FCPA Guidance

I am really enjoying reading and re-reading the FCPA Guidance. It is a fascinating document, well written and chock full of salient points, messages, explicit and implicit. For me, the most important issues are those...more

What’s In the New FCPA Resource Guide: Some Welcome Clarity and Unexpected Muddling

Much has been said about what is missing from the new FCPA Resource Guide (the Guide) published by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Here, we consider instead the areas in...more

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