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SEC Settles Insider Trading Action With Corporate Controller

The Commission filed another settled insider trading action. The case centered on a tender offer by Koch Industries, Inc. for Oplink Communications, Inc., announced before the market opened on November 19, 2014. Following the...more

SEC – Phoenix Settle Accounting Errors Action

Financial reporting cases are a key focus of SEC enforcement. In some instances the actions result from fraudulent schemes such as those where executives falsify the numbers to obtain a bonus. In other instances the actions...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed a settled FCPA action in which the employees in the China subsidiary of the firm designed and adopted a bribery scheme to circumvent the compliance procedures the company had installed as a result of an earlier...more

SEC Adopts Amendments to Rules Governing Its Administrative Proceedings

On July 13, 2016, the SEC announced that it will adopt certain amendments to its rules of practice governing administrative proceedings. Faced with criticism from practitioners and the media regarding a perceived “home field...more

SEC Announces Amendments To Rules For Administrative Proceedings

The Commission announced the adoption of amendments to its Rules of Practice which govern administrative proceedings. Previously, the SEC had issued proposed amendments which had been the subject of a number of comments....more

The Scope Of SEC Defendants' Jury Trial Right: Part 2

This is the second of four articles examining the scope of the Seventh Amendment jury trial right for civil defendants in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement actions. The previous article explained why the...more

Effective SEC Enforcement – Built on Fundamental Fairness

How effective is the SEC enforcement program at deterrence? With the adoption of the “broken windows” theory of enforcement the agency adopted a theory of market policing borrowed from the New York City police department. It...more

SEC Charges Private Fund Administrator with Gatekeeping Failures

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced two administrative settlements in June with a fund administrator that provided accounting and fund administration services to several private funds based on its alleged...more

New Appointment Underscores SEC’s Focus on Cybersecurity Threats

On June 2, 2016, the SEC announced the appointment of Christopher Hetner as Senior Advisor to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy. Hetner, who was formerly the Cybersecurity Lead for the Technology Control Program within the...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2016 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

Eleventh Circuit Joins Peers in Preserving SEC’s Home Court Advantage

After four failed attempts at persuading federal appellate courts to hear constitutional challenges to SEC administrative courts, it is increasingly clear that defendants in SEC in-house proceedings will not be able to pursue...more

D.C. Circuit Rejects Challenge to SEC Regulation A+

The Commission prevailed in the D.C. Circuit which rejected a challenge to Regulation A+. Petitioners, the chief security regulators for Massachusetts and Montana argued that the SEC’s rules were contrary to the Supreme...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #2

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Proposed Rule to Limit Payday Lending and Other High Cost Loans - On June 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule designed to limit payday loans, auto title...more

The SEC’s Return to Accounting Fraud Enforcement

Just like the ups and downs of the business cycle, SEC enforcement of accounting fraud cases follow an up and down trend as well. For example, during the financial crisis, SEC enforcement of accounting fraud cases took a back...more

No Bounty For Purported Tipster

On May 31, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an order upholding the SEC Claims Review Staff’s (“CRS”) Preliminary Determination denying a claim for a whistleblower award in connection with the...more

In Apparent First, Eleventh Circuit Extends Five-Year Statute of Limitations to Declaratory Relief and Disgorgement Actions by SEC...

A federal appellate court recently held that the five-year statute of limitations in 28 U.S.C. § 2462 applies to actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission for declaratory relief and disgorgement. The decision extends...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Second Circuit rejected a challenge to the SEC’s venue selection decisions, concluding that the district court did not have jurisdiction to hear an issue regarding the Appointments Clause. This is the third circuit court...more

2nd Cir. Joins 7th & D.C. Requiring Exhaustion to Challenge SEC ALJs

The Second Circuit has affirmed dismissal of “diva of distressed” Lynn Tilton’s constitutional challenge to the SEC’s administrative forum, holding that issue isn’t reviewable by the courts until an appeal after two levels of...more

Second Circuit Rejects Challenge to SEC Venue Decision

The second circuit joined the two other circuits which have rejected challenges to the SEC’s venue selection decisions, concluding that district courts do not have jurisdiction to hear the suits presenting the question while...more

Recent Criticisms of the SEC: Fair or Unfair?

Over the last few years, the SEC has been criticized for (1) failing to “consistently and aggressively enforce the securities laws and protect investors and the public,” (2) obtaining sanctions that amount to only a slap on...more

SEC Opinion Examines Reasonable Belief and Accredited Investor Status

The SEC opinion In the Matter of Joseph P. Doxey examines compliance with Rule 506 in an alleged unlawful offering of stock totaling $57,654. The administrative law judge on summary disposition determined that Mr. Doxey...more

SEC Grants Sub-Advisers No-Action Relief from Custody Rule Audit Requirements

A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) no-action letter issued on April 25, 2016 provides relief from the annual surprise audit requirement of the “Custody Rule” for a registered investment adviser (RIA)...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016 #4

Regulatory Developments - Federal Banking Regulators Propose Net Stable Funding (Liquidity) Ratio - The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation...more

Will Supreme Court Hear A Challenge to SEC Venue Decisions?

The SEC continues to prevail in actions brought challenging its venue selections. On March 28, 2016, the Supreme Court denied a request for a writ of certiorari in Bebo v. SEC, 799 F. 3d 765 (7th Cir. 2015). Ms. Bebo’s case...more

SEC Administrative Case Reinforces Current Emphasis on Internal Controls

Consistent with its current focus on internal control over financial reporting (ICFR), the Securities and Exchange Commission recently sanctioned a company and individuals for failing to adequately evaluate and audit the...more

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