Compliance Securities & Exchange Commission

Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory... more +
Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory violations.  In response to many corporate scandals evidencing rampant unethical business practices, many nations, including the United States, began passing strict regulatory frameworks aimed at curbing these abuses. Notable pieces of legislation in this area include the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and the U.K. Bribery Act, to name a few. The foregoing statutes and the severe penalties often associated with them form the basis of many modern institutional compliance programs. less -
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SEC FCPA Settlement Sends Wake-Up Call to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

On July 28, 2014, Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (“Smith & Wesson”), the firearms manufacturer based in Springfield, Massachusetts, agreed to resolve charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for...more

SEC Reports on Use of Form PF Data

The SEC has issued its annual report on use of Form PF data. In its examination and enforcement programs regarding registered investment advisers that manage private funds, the staff generally reviews information contained...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - 2014 Mid-Year Update

The first half of 2014 has seen several important developments in the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) as well as other anti-corruption laws worldwide. The FCPA has been in existence for more than 35...more

What’s Happening with Whistleblowing?

This summer the SEC and the Wall Street Journal have reported several noteworthy items concerning the SEC’s whistleblower program, one of the most controversial components of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010....more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending August 15, 2014)

The Commission prevailed in two litigated actions. In one the agency secured a favorable jury verdict in an action centered on misrepresentations made by an investment adviser who sought to move his book of business to a new...more

10th Circuit Relies On Earnings Release and Compliance with Regulation S-K to Reject Claim of Material Omissions in Public...

In United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 880 Pension Fund v. Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of the complaint on a motion for summary...more

SEC Files Another Action Centered On IA Nikolai Battoo

Alternative investment manager Nikolai Battoo appeared to be the all-American success story. He began as a Florida cook and rose to manage over a billion dollars in assets. He attracted investments from investors across the...more

Can You Hear the Whistle Blowing?: SEC Punishes Company that Did Not Address Fraud Allegations by Whistleblower

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced the latest whistleblower bounty awarded under the Dodd-Frank Act, which authorizes rewards for original information about violations of securities laws. ...more

Cyber Risks For The Boardroom

The Recent Increase In Focus on Privacy Issues - Privacy issues have been the focus of many state efforts over the past few years. However, the SEC has increased their focus tremendously over the past few months (see...more

Waking Up to Massive Third Party Risk Exposure: Critical Issues To Address

A little over a year ago the Rana Plaza factory collapsed and 1,100 garment workers died. This human disaster resulting from questionable construction practices and workplace safety issues focused the eyes of the world on the...more

"State Parties File Legal Challenge Against SEC Rule 206(4)-5"

On August 7, 2014, the New York and Tennessee state Republican parties brought suit against the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), challenging Rule 206(4)-5 (the rule). Specifically, the complaint seeks an...more

Judge Rakoff Approves SEC’s $285M Settlement With Citigroup

On remand following a Second Circuit decision vacating his June 2011 rejection of a settlement between Citigroup and the SEC, Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York approved the settlement, finding that it met...more

SEC Charges CEO and Former CFO With Violation of Sarbanes-Oxley

On July 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged computer equipment company QSGI Inc’s CEO, Marc Sherman, and former CFO, Edward L. Cummings, for misrepresenting to external auditors and the investing public the...more

Reg A+ Challenged Again

Another letter to the SEC from the Hill challenges the Regulation A+ proposal. This time, the authors question the authority of the SEC in defining “qualified purchaser” as an offeree or purchaser in a Tier 2 Reg A+...more

Building an Anti Corruption Compliance Program Practical Steps 2 18 14, 9 02 AM [Video]

Companies face many risks in the anti-corruption enforcement arena. With the growing globalization of anti-corruption enforcement, companies are responding quickly by enhancing their anti-corruption compliance...more

Last Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending August 8, 2014)

Last week the SEC brought an action this centered on hidden fees and a series of actions centered on microcap fraud and investment fund fraud. A pump and dump actions was filed centered on the manipulation of six different...more

Money Market Fund Reform – A Summary of Significant Changes

The SEC recently adopted amendments to the rules governing MMFs. Most particularly, the amendments (i) require institutional prime and institutional tax-exempt MMFs to use a floating net asset value as opposed to allowing...more

Nixon Announces Resignation; GSK Just Resigns

Next week, Shanghai’s No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court is scheduled to open a trial against Peter William Humphrey, a 58-year-old British national, and his wife, Yu Yingzeng, a 61-year-old American, on charges of illegally...more

How Can You Better Protect Yourself with the Escalating Trend of FCPA Enforcement? [Video]

Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance: The Role of Transactional Testing and Accounting Controls in a Proactive Environment The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the United States Securities and Exchange...more

FinCEN Proposes to Expand Financial Institution Customer Due Diligence Requirements

The proposal would require financial institutions to identify beneficial owners of legal entities and codify existing customer due diligence guidance....more

Theme from Shaft and Continuous Improvement of Your Compliance Program, Part I

You should keep track of external and internal events that may cause change to business process, policies and procedures. Some examples are new laws applicable to your business organization and internal events driving changes...more

Court Limits Scope of SEC Disgorgement In Case Involving Failure to Disclose Beneficial Interests

Just last week, Judge Scheindlin from the Southern District of New York precluded the SEC from seeking wide-ranging disgorgement in an order issued in the SEC v. Wyly, 10-cv-5760 (S.D.N.Y.) case....more

Tailoring Your Anti Corruption Program to a Risk Assessment [Video]

The Department of Justice and the SEC have emphasized the importance of designing an anti-corruption compliance program based on a company's risk assessment. An effective program has to be tailored to the specific risks...more

SEC Rulings Remind Whistleblowers of the Importance of Procedure

Proper procedures are of the utmost importance for whistleblowers seeking to gain legal protections and financial rewards for their disclosures. The mere fact that you provided information that saved the government millions...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Renewed Call for Investment Adviser User Fees - As we reported in previous editions of our Investment Management Newsletter, various persons have proposed that a user fee be imposed on SEC registered investment...more

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