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SEC Once Again Sanctions The CCO of An Investment Advisory Firm

On November 19, 2015, the SEC announced a settlement with investment advisory firm Sands Brothers Asset Management, LLC for violating the Custody Rule, SEC Rule 206(4)-2, which requires that registered investment advisers who...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - SEC Proposes Amendments to Regulation ATS to Shine a Light on Dark Pools: On Nov. 18 the SEC announced that it had issued Release No. 34-76474 proposing amendments to Regulation ATS,...more

Justice Department Delays Web Accessibility Regulations For At Least Three More Years, Leaving Businesses in Turmoil

In an astonishing move, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it will not issue any regulations for public accommodations websites until fiscal year 2018—eight years after it started the rulemaking process with an...more

Upping the Ante: Cybersecurity, the SEC and the Perils of Being Unprepared

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is finally getting serious about cybersecurity – and for good reason. If the ever-growing business and headline risks aren’t enough to scare investment advisers and broker-dealers...more

Baby You Can Drive My Car… Or Corporate Jet: SEC Scrutiny of Executive Compensation Perks Disclosures

The SEC continues to focus on accounting and disclosure violations, including in the area of executive perks disclosure in corporate proxy statements. In the past year, the SEC brought two enforcement cases against executives...more

Cooperation, Leniency, Internal Investigations, Self-Incrimination, Privilege and All That Jazz

I recently attended a Fraud Conference in Miami where I heard a French lawyer insisting that since he was a defence advocate, his job was to defend his clients against fraud allegations, not to prosecute them. Instead of...more

OSHA Fines May Increase More Than 80% In 2016

The recent budget Congress passed included a provision that allows the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) to raise its fines, which has not been adjusted since 1990....more

FCC and FTC Issue MOU for Continued Cooperation on Consumer Protection Matters

On November 16, the FCC and the FTC executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on continued cooperative efforts to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive acts and practices involving telecommunications services. In an...more

Addressing Climate Change in SEC Filings and Other Public Disclosures: What These Disclosures Mean for Businesses

Regulatory agencies are focusing on required climate change-related disclosures in securities filings and other public disclosures, seeking to ensure not only that such disclosures are made, but also that they are supported...more

FERC 2015 Report on Enforcement

The enforcement arm of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released a report describing its enforcement activities in fiscal year 2015. The 69-page 2015 FERC staff report on enforcement draws its organization...more

FERC Issues Annual Enforcement Report

The Annual Report provides information concerning the Office of Enforcement’s efforts in fiscal year 2015. On November 19, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s or the Commission’s) Office of Enforcement...more

CFPB Revises Supervisory Appeals Process

As we wrote last week, the CFPB recently published a Fall 2015 Supervisory Highlights which included a summary of changes that have been made to the CFPB’s supervisory appeals process. The original supervisory appeal process...more

Deputy Attorney General Yates Expands on DOJ’s White-Collar Prosecution Policy

On November 16, the DOJ’s Deputy AG Sally Yates delivered remarks at the American Bankers Association and American Bar Association Money Laundering Enforcement Conference. Yates focused her remarks on recent revisions –...more

Not a Coin Toss: Regulatory Agencies Bringing Enforcement Actions Against Virtual Currency Start-ups

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the SEC are flexing their regulatory muscles to rein in securities and commodities rules violations by start-up companies in the virtual currency space. On September 17,...more

SEC Publishes 2015 Whistleblower Report

The SEC published its 2015 Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. The report indicates the SEC received 3,923 tips in fiscal year 2015, compared to 3,620 tips in fiscal year 2014. From fiscal year 2012, the...more

U.S. Department of the Treasury Senior Staff Deliver Remarks Regarding Enforcement Efforts

On November 16, FinCEN Director Jennifer Calvery and Treasury’s Acting Under Secretary Adam Szubin delivered remarks at the American Bankers Association and American Bar Association Money Laundering Enforcement Conference on...more

SEC Settles Charges with Private Equity Firm and Four Executives for Failure to Disclose Conflicts of Interest

The SEC recently reached a settlement with New York-based private equity firm, Fenway Partners, LLC, and four executives related to charges that Fenway Partners and several of its executives (“Respondents”) failed to disclose...more

“Recidivist” Custody Rule Violators Settle SEC Charges

The SEC announced that an investment advisory firm, two owners, and a former chief compliance officer have agreed to settle charges that the firm again violated the custody rule after being reprimanded for violations only a...more

Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter

In this our second edition of Fenwick’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter, we continue to provide you with short insights about timely securities litigation and enforcement developments. This edition’s topics...more

NDGA Judge Halts Another SEC Admin Proceeding

Atlanta federal Judge Leigh Martin May enjoined the SEC from proceeding in yet another administrative enforcement action Tuesday. Ironridge Global IV, Ltd. v. SEC, No. 1:15-CV-2512 (USDC NDGA Nov. 17, 2015)....more

New SEC Report Sheds Light on Key Trends in Whistleblower Activity and Anti-Retaliation Law - The SEC’s Office of the...

What you need to know: The SEC recently released its 2015 annual report cataloguing the year’s most important trends in whistleblower activity and anti-retaliation law. The report provides a useful look at how...more

FTC Case Against LabMD Dismissed Due to Lack of Harm

This past Friday the 13th was not a lucky day for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) dismissed the FTC’s data security enforcement proceeding against LabMD on the grounds that the FTC failed...more

DOJ continues crack down on dietary supplement industry

In October, Life Sciences Decoded described the increased state and federal scrutiny against the dietary supplement industry, including a lawsuit that the Oregon Attorney General filed against GNC. This scrutiny and...more

Corruption Risk and Prosecution are Real and They are not Going Away

On November 11, the The Wall Street Journal ran a story with a fairly provocative headline: "U.S. Justice Department Makes Radical Shift on Foreign Bribery Enforcement." Whether DOJ is making a radical shift or not, corporate...more

SEC Sees Surges in Tips and Claims in Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

The SEC’s fiscal year ended on September 30, 2015, and the 2015 Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program was issued Monday. According to the report, the SEC saw another surge in whistleblower tips and paid out...more

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