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U.S. Targets Private Equity Funds for FCPA Scrutiny

The private equity industry is facing increased scrutiny by the U.S. Government for potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has created a new private...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Merrill Lynch was at the center of actions brought by the SEC and FINRA this week. One action charged the firm with violations of the customer protection rule tied to using customer cash and failing to protect their...more

DOJ - SEC Resolve FCPA Actions – Consider Cooperation

A Massachusetts based medical imaging company resolved FCPA charges with the DOJ and the SEC stemming from actions taken by its Danish subsidiary and its CFO. The actions center on about 180 suspicious transactions in Russia...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #3

SEC Overturns CBOE Determination That Individual Traders of Two Omnibus Accounts Were Customers Requiring Application of Customer Identification Rule - The Securities and Exchange Commission set aside a determination by...more

FCA Enforcement Action Overview

Reed Smith’s Enforcement Action by the FCA 2016 is a useful overview of enforcement action taken by the FCA in 2016. Enforcement action is important in terms of showing where the focus of the regulator is in terms of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Insider trading was a key focus this week. Two actions were brought based on information secured from the FDA and CMS by former employees who were employed by and investment adviser. Another case centered on tips by a...more

Left Swinging: Why Mickelson Went Uncharged For Insider Trading

In Depth - The Securities and Exchange Commission recently revealed details of an insider trading case against a gambler named William Walters, who allegedly engaged in insider trading based on information he obtained...more

Asset managers’ guide to the EU Market Abuse Regulation: will you be compliant on 3 July 2016?

The EU Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014) (“MAR”) applies from 3 July 2016. This guide is intended as an aid to asset managers in assessing, in the weeks running up to 3 July but also on an ongoing basis, whether amendments...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The elements of an insider trading claim continued to be a key focus this week. The first circuit, following prior circuit precedent, held that a personal benefit based on a long term friendship and a steak dinner was...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - June 2016

Eye on the Supreme Court—Corruption and Fraud Edition - Why it matters: This session, the Supreme Court has undertaken the review of numerous cases that raise thorny issues arising in the white collar context. In our...more

DOJ Declines Prosecution in Two FCPA Cases, SEC Executes NPAs

The DOJ declined prosecution in two self-reported potential FCPA actions while the SEC entered into non-prosecution agreements with each issuer. One matter involved Akamai Technologies, Inc. while the other centered on...more

When Steak and a Massage Equals Insider Trading

Is “wine, steak, and visits to a massage parlor” a quid pro quo personal benefit which, if received in conjunction the dissemination of material, non-public information, is sufficient to establish a breach of duty for illegal...more

Your daily dose of financial news: The Brief – 6.3.16

May’s jobs report is out today, though it may be a slightly less valuable barometer of economic growth due to the Verizon employee strike that wrapped up this week – WSJ Tribune Publishing’s doing more than buoying its...more

Anti–Money Laundering Alert: FinCEN Finalizes Beneficial Ownership and Customer Due Diligence Requirements

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on May 11 released its long-awaited Final Rule (CDD Rule) that will require certain financial institutions to “look through” the nominal account holder to identify the...more

The Insider Trading Cartoon Series, Vol. IX -- Tender Offers [Video]

I want to talk about Rule 14e-3, because it has significant implications for insider trading liability. But to do that, we first have to talk about tender offers, and what they are....more

Wine, Steak, and Massage Parlors Are Personal Benefits for Insider Trading

On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that friends’ gifts of wine, steak dinners, and other luxury items can constitute the types of personal benefit needed to establish a breach of duty in...more

The Inside Scoop: What does Tabernula tell us about the future of criminal insider dealing enforcement in the UK?

The high-profile insider trading prosecution dubbed “Operation Tabernula”, brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), has this month secured two further convictions. After a 12-week trial, Martyn Dodgson and Andrew...more

FinCEN Customer Due Diligence Final Rules

On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued final rules (the Final Rules) on customer due diligence requirements for banks, securities broker-dealers, mutual funds, and...more

SEC Charges State Street Employee For Fraudulent Fees

Transition Management is a service offered by securities professionals to pension funds and other investment managers who are changing fund managers, investment managers or making similar transitions and need to make...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 253-Loren Steffy reflects on the Enron, the trials of Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling and... [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Loren Steffy who covered the Enron trial for the Houston Chronicle. He reflects on the lasting impact of the Enron scandal and how it continues to resonate today. ...more

Justice Department’s First FATCA Prosecution Yields Guilty Plea

On May 9, 2016, the Justice Department announced that Gregg R. Mulholland, a dual U.S. and Canadian citizen and owner of an offshore broker-dealer and investment management company based in Panama and Belize, pleaded guilty...more

Is the Sky Falling? DOJ and Cooperation

Is the sky falling or are we on our way to a new normal when it comes to earning cooperation credit from the Department of Justice? These questions were raised in remarks by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in remarks...more

The Insider Trading Cartoon Series, Vol. VIII — Negligence? [Video]

Can you resolve your insider trading case with a negligence-based charge? Probably not. If you're lucky enough to get there, it'll only be after a long, painful fight....more

The Insider Trading Cartoon Series Vol. VII -- Misappropriation Theory (Part the Third) [Video]

More cowbell, more misappropriation theory....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

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