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SEC Settles Another Insider Trading Case Tied To Brocade Deal

The acquisition of Foundry Networks, Inc., a networking hardware company, by Brocade Communications System, Inc., a technology company specializing in data and storage networking products, announced on July 21, 2008, has...more

SDNY Denies Motion to Dismiss SEC Insider Trading Complaint Despite Newman Holding

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York recently denied two defendants’ motion to dismiss a Securities and Exchange Commission complaint alleging that they committed insider trading, holding that the...more

SEC Charges Tipping Without A Newman – Dirks Personal Benefit

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan is trying to have the Second Circuit’s decision in U.S. v. Newman, No. 13-1837, 13-1917 (2nd Cir. Decided December 10, 2014 ) reheard and reversed. In seeking that rehearing the...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

Holley v. Nipro Diagnostics, Inc., C.A. No. 9679-VCP (Del. Ch. Dec. 23, 2014) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted partial summary judgment in favor of a former director on his advancement claims relating to his defense of a pending SEC civil lawsuit alleging insider-trading...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 117-the Avon FCPA Enforcement Action [Video]

In this episode I take a deep dive into the recent concluded Avon FCPA enforcement action. ...more

Buying an FCPA Violation Mergers and Acquisition Risks [Video]

FCPA risks are significant when companies acquire other companies. The Justice Department and the SEC have imposed "successor" liability on companies for past bribery violations committed by an acquired company. Pre-closing...more

SEC Settles Five Insider Trading Actions, Cooperation Key

The Commission filed two groups of settled insider trading actions centered on the merger of eBay, Inc. with Pennsylvania based e-commerce company GSI Commerce, Inc., announced on March 28, 2011. The first group traces to...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending March 21, 2014)

The Commission improved its trial record this week, prevailing in a ten day jury trial centered on fraud in connection with the sale of mortgage backed securities that caused a $5 million loss to Ginnie Mae. The agency...more

Savonarola And The Need To Evaluate Compliance In Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence

I have always found one of the most fascinating figures of the Florentine Renaissance to be Girolamo Savonarola, who effectively ruled Florence from 1494-1498....more

OSC Disclosure Obligations Under The Securities Act (Ontario)

On January 11, 2013, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) delivered its decision in Re Rankin, upholding the decision of the Ontario Securities Commission (the “Commission”) dismissing an Application to...more

How to Minimize FCPA Risk in Health Care Acquisitions

When acquiring a health care company doing business abroad, there is no such thing as being too thorough with anti-corruption due diligence. The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have the...more

Anti-Corruption: Effective Compliance Begins with the Assessment of Risks

Virtually every authoritative source of guidance on effective anti-corruption compliance emphasizes the importance of conducting a company-wide “risk assessment.” For example, U.S. authorities have stressed with regard to the...more

SEC And FBI Try To Ketchup To Heinz Insider Traders

In the latest development in an SEC lawsuit filed Friday, February 15, U.S. District Judge Rakoff extended a freeze on a Swiss Goldman Sachs account linked to possible insider trading in H.J. Heinz Company call options. The...more

Highlights of the Government's New FCPA Resource Guide

The United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") recently released the long awaited joint guidance on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") in the form of a 130 page...more

DOJ and SEC Release Long-Awaited FCPA Guidance

On November 14, 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) jointly released A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “Guide”). The Guide is intended to...more

DOJ and SEC Release Much-Anticipated Guidance on FCPA

In recent years, corporations in the United States and around the world have seen record levels of enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"), resulting in billions of dollars of civil judgments and numerous...more

Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission Issue Highly Anticipated Foreign Corrupt Practice Act Guidance

On November 14th, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) jointly published “A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” (the “Guide”), their long-awaited and...more

2012 FCPA Guidance: Key Points and Analysis

On November 14, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission released their long-awaited Foreign Corrupt Practices Act guidance in the form of a 120-page document entitled “A Resource Guide...more

DOJ and the SEC to U.S. Businesses: We Expect Action on Effective Compliance Programs

Based on my experience as a U.S. Attorney, I see the new joint Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Resource Guide to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) as a game changer that...more

"SEC and DOJ Release Highly Anticipated FCPA Resource Guide"

On November 14, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly released the long-anticipated Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Resource Guide tracks...more

DOJ and SEC Release Long-Awaited FCPA Resource Guide

On November 14, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released their long-anticipated guidance on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), entitled A Resource Guide to...more

Anti-Corruption Law: Implications of the U.S. FCPA Resource Guide for Canadian Business

On November 14, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released their long-awaited Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The 120-page Guide...more

DoJ and SEC Issue Long-Awaited FCPA Guidance

At last! We now have official guidance in one place from the United States Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). A lengthy memorandum was...more

The FCPA Guidance: Bob Dylan, Change and Political Reality

The FCPA Guidance is here and I will write a few postings on the subject. Initially, it is important to look at the political landscape. President Obama’s re-election communicated an important message to lawmakers and...more

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