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SEC Charges EB-5 Fund Operators and Finders

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission” or “SEC”) has become increasingly active in enforcing alleged violations of U.S. securities laws arising under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa program. EB-5...more

Bridging the Week - July 2015 #2

Alleged Fictitious Sales to Facilitate Improper Money Pass Prompts CFTC Injunctive Action and Asset Freeze: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Illinois against Yumin Li and Kering...more

The Circuits Are Split: Are Tangible Benefits Required for Insider Trading Liability?

The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision calls into question the Second Circuit’s definition of “personal benefit” for insider trading liability in criminal prosecutions. On July 6, 2015, United States District Court Judge...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 176-Tim Treanor on the PetroTiger Declination [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Tim Treanor, a partner at SidleyAustin. He was lead counsel for PetroTiger in its FCPA investigation. Tim talks about his investigation protocol and the arguments which led the DOJ to grant a...more

Massachusetts Federal Jury Convicts Amateur Golfer for Insider Trading

A federal jury in the District of Massachusetts recently convicted Eric McPhail of securities fraud — one of the first criminal insider trading convictions since the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s decision in...more

Mifune Gets a Star on the Walk of Fame-the Petrobras Scandal Only Gets Worse

(...) I had always thought that the Hollywood Walk of Fame honors actors but it turns out that it honors a great many more performers. For instance, next year will also see names like LL Cool J, Cyndi Lauper, Shirley Caesar,...more

No Theft Loss for Securities “Pump-and-Dump”

Pump-and-dump occurs when corporate officers or other shareholders fraudulently promote shares of a company and engage in fraudulent sales to increase the value of shares. This is injurious to other shareholders who suffer...more

California Brokers Plead Guilty to Insider Trading of Ardea Biosciences, Inc. Stock

On June 9, Chad Wiegand and Akis Eracleous, two San-Diego based brokers, pled guilty in California district court to trading in Ardea Biosciences, Inc. stock with inside information. Mr. Wiegand and Mr. Eracleous,...more

Expanding FIRREA Liability for Financial Institutions: Recent Second Circuit Developments

In a brief — and swiftly decided — per curiam decision issued June 4, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy convictions of three former UBS Financial Services,...more

FIFA and BHP Billiton: The Unique FCPA Challenges Present in International Sports

Recent enforcement actions by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have raised the profile of corruption in international sport and highlight unique FCPA compliance concerns. This note will explain...more

US v. Heinz May Bolster Expansive FIRREA Interpretation

The U.S. Department of Justice’s aggressive use of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act to sue banks for fraud just received an unexpected boost, and from an unlikely source: In a criminal case...more

The Impact of Newman on SEC Enforcement: Part III

This is the third segment of a five part series discussing the impact of the Second Circuit’s ruling in Newman on SEC insider trading cases. Post Newman SEC Actions - In the wake of Newman the SEC has three...more

Credit Crunch Digest - May 2015

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on the nearly $6 billion Forex settlement between the big banks and various regulatory agencies; a judgment against RBS and Nomura in a mortgage-backed securities lawsuit brought...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - May 2015

It’s an Absolute Privilege to Meet You! Texas Supreme Court Rules That Internal Investigation Report Provided by Shell Oil to DOJ Enjoys “Absolute Privilege” - Why it matters: On May 15, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court...more

The Impact of Newman on SEC Enforcement: Part II

This is the second segment of a five part series discussing the impact of the Second Circuit’s ruling in Newman on SEC insider trading cases. The Immediate Impact of Newman - The most immediate impact of Newman is...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed and insider trading case in tandem with the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office against a father and son based on repeated trades in advance of deal announcements even after FINRA initiated an investigation...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #2

Senator Shelby Releases Discussion Draft of Financial Regulatory Bill. On May 12 Senator Richard Shelby, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, announced that the Committee had...more

Investment Professional Charged with Fraud, Self-Dealing by SEC

The SEC charged another investment professional with fraud and self-dealing. SEC v. Ahmed, Civil Action No. 3:15-cv-00675 (D. Conn. Filed May 5, 2015). Defendant Iftikar Ahmed is an investment professional who was a partner...more

FinCrimes Update - April 2015 Summary, Volume 2, Issue 4

OFAC FINES PAYMENT PROCESSING COMPANY FOR PROVIDING SERVICES TO A DESIGNATED NARCOTICS TRAFFICKER - On April 15, OFAC entered into a $23,336 settlement with an Atlanta-based payment processing company for its role in...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for April 2015

1. Criminal Division AAG Promises Increased Transparency in Corporate Charging Decisions. In an April 17, 2015 speech at New York University Law School’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement, Leslie Caldwell,...more

SEC Files Another Market Crisis Case

The market crisis of the last decade seems to have a never ending dribble of cases. The SEC filed another this week, naming four former officers of Wilmington Trust Company as defendants. SEC v. Gibson (D.Del. Filed May 6,...more

WKSI Waivers For A Recidivist – And a Dissent By Commissioner Stein

The question of waivers from certain disqualifications under the securities laws which are triggered automatically in certain instances — such as on the entry of a guilty plea — continues to be a controversial topic at the...more

Father-Daughter Conclude Settlement With SEC

The SEC concluded its litigation with a father – daughter combination that solicited investors to purchase promissory notes based on representations that there would be risk free returns from forex trading. There were no...more

FCA Fines Individual For Committing Market Abuse Based On Information Provided By A Third Party

We consider here the FCA's enforcement action against Kenneth Carver for committing market abuse (insider dealing) in breach of section 118(2) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) when purchasing shares on...more

Insider Trading After United States v. Newman, the Second Circuit’s Landmark Decision Limiting Liability of Downstream Recipients...

The Second Circuit recently dealt a major setback to federal prosecutors’ recent crackdown on insider trading, overturning two high-profile convictions and simultaneously placing the most significant new limits on insider...more

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