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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

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC requested comment on the development of a consolidated audit trail this week, a concept long discussed. The audit trail would enable regulators to track trading activity in the U.S. markets. Enforcement initiated...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Budget hearings were a focus this week as the Chair of the SEC and Chairman of the CFTC visited Capitol Hill. Both sought substantial increases, requesting more money for technology, inspections and enforcement. While the...more

Las Vegas Sands $9 Million SEC Settlement: An Easy Mark

The SEC continues its cutting edge FCPA enforcement program, bringing in a variety of enforcement cases and employing some new strategies. In its latest foray, the SEC settled with Las Vegas Sands, owned by Sheldon...more

Avoiding the “Al Capone” version of an FCPA enforcement action—Are your internal controls in order?

Notorious gangster Al Capone likely was guilty of numerous crimes, including bootlegging, maintaining a house of prostitution, bribery, racketeering and multiple counts of murder. Yet he was never convicted of those crimes. ...more

SEC Settlement Sends a Strong Message to Companies: Treat Princelings and Commoners Alike, or Pay Dearly

On March 1, 2016, the SEC announced that Qualcomm Incorporated, a San Diego-based wireless telecommunication product company, agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle charges that its actions violated the Foreign Corrupt...more

Historic FCPA Settlement Reflects Increased Regulatory Focus on International Anticorruption Issues Arising from M&A Transactions

Most employers already know that violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) has serious consequences, including significant fines. Those potential fines just got even heavier. On February 18, 2016, the U.S....more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Alert

Busy Q1 Yields Several Significant FCPA Resolutions - Overview - On February 19, during the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) annual “SEC Speaks” conference, Kara Brockmeyer, Chief of the SEC’s FCPA...more

SEC Files Financial Fraud and Unregistered Securities Actions

The Commission filed two administrative proceedings this week. One centers on false entries made in the books and records of a broker dealer. It will be set for hearing. In the Matter of Jason Maiher, Adm. Proc. File No....more

SEC Targets Insufficient Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) settlements focus on companies’ lack of sufficient anti-corruption compliance programs, which means, to the SEC, that the companies...more

SEC Cites Firm’s Inadequate Books For Delaying Investigation

The SEC took the unusual step of citing the inadequacy of the books and records of the firm for “adversely impacting” its investigation and “causing unreasonably prolonged uncertainty concerning” the company’s historic...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - October 2015

"Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" Part III - Why it matters: It is time for another installment in our continuing "Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" coverage into the ongoing constitutional challenges to the SEC's...more

SEC Settles FCPA Action With Hitachi

The SEC filed a settled FCPA books and records and internal controls action centered on a firm which used a subsidiary partially owned by a foreign political party to influence the award of government contracts. Specifically,...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA): Israel Beware – Trends in Enforcement.

Intuitively, Israeli companies and their directors would likely assume that their businesses are immune to investigation and the assessment of penalties by US regulators that are separated by a vast ocean and located more...more

Don’t Be Caught Dead Handed: Avoiding Legal Challenges to Dead Hand Proxy Puts in Loan Agreements

A number of public companies have become the target of shareholder books and records inspection demands and litigation related to certain “change of control” provisions in their loan agreements. The type of provisions at...more

SEC Fines Adviser $20 Million Based on Conflicts

Failure to disclose conflicts of interest and/or to comply with firm procedures are the predicates for a series of SEC enforcement actions involving regulated entities. The most recent example of these trends is an action...more

SEC Settles FCPA Charges Tied to Payments to Health Care Professionals

The SEC filed another settled action in which payments to health care professionals at state owned entities in China were alleged to be violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Although the company furnished extensive...more

Cooperation, the SEC and FOIA

A critical part of cooperating with an SEC or DOJ investigation for FCPA or other possible violations is the production of documents. In order for the company to assess what happened it must conduct an internal investigation...more

SEC Proposes Expanding Reporting Requirements for Investment Advisers

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed new rules, forms and amendments that would expand the information that registered investment advisers are required to report. The changes are...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Information Reported by Investment Advisers

The proposed rules would require expanded reporting about separately managed accounts and other aspects of an adviser’s business, allow consolidated registrations for certain private fund advisers that operate a single...more

Why Did BHP Billiton Settle an FCPA Case Including 7+ Year-Old Conduct?

Remember the Water Cube from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing? BHP Billiton has probably had reason to think about it recently. On Wednesday it settled an FCPA case with the SEC arising out of the company’s sponsoring the...more

"MSRB Announces Publication of Proposed Rule G-42 in Federal Register"

On May 11, 2015, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced that Proposed Rule G-42 (standards of conduct for nonsolicitor municipal advisors), with conforming changes to Rule G-8 (books and records), was...more

Episode 155-Mara Senn on FCPA Investigations and the Decision to Self-Disclose [Video]

In this episode I visit with Mara Senn, a partner at Arnold & Porter on how to think through a FCPA investigation and she provides a decision making calculus on how to make a decision...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC announced its first whistleblower award in a retaliation case this week. The agency also brought an insider trading case, an action against an investment adviser, its general counsel and auditor based on a conflict, a...more

SEC Files Financial Fraud Action Against Japan Based Controller

The Commission filed a financial fraud action against a former senior accounting officer and controller of Molex Japan Co., Ltd., the Japanese based subsidiary of publically traded Molex Inc. The scheme, which took place in...more

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