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SEC Sends A Message — To Executives And Their Companies

In October 2013, SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave a speech at the Securities Enforcement Forum in which she declared an “enforcement mission” of the SEC to be implementation of the “broken windows” theory of crime deterrence...more

CFPB enforcement head underscores CFPB’s limited use of “abusive ” prong of UDAAP

Tony Alexis, the head of enforcement at the CFPB, spoke today in Chicago at a program sponsored by the Committee on Consumer Financial Services at the American Bar Association Section of Business Law’s Annual Meeting. The...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC continued with its “broken windows” approach to enforcement this week, filing a group of 34 actions based on the failure to file either a Form 4, Schedule 13D or Schedule 13G. The agency also filed an action alleging...more

FinCrimes Update - August 2014 Summary, Volume 1, Issue 6

In This Issue: - BSA/AML & OFAC - Virtual Currency & Payment Systems - FCPA & Anti-Corruption - Criminal Enforcement - Excerpt from BSA/AML & OFAC: FINCEN PUBLISHES LONG-AWAITED...more

Record Actions Force Companies to Reevaluate How They Protect Consumers

Last week the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced that Verizon agreed to pay a record US$7.4 million to settle an investigation related to the company’s treatment of consumer personal information. Specifically, the Commission...more

The Origins of the FCPA: Lessons for Effective Compliance and Enforcement

Can one man make a difference? Stanley Sporkin is proof that the answer is “yes.” In the early 1970s he sat fixated by the Watergate Congressional hearings. As the testimony droned on about the burglary and cover-up, the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed on summary judgment in an action against a broker which alleged he misappropriated client funds. The agency also filed actions centered on: an audit failure; the EB-5 immigration program; undisclosed...more

FinCEN's Busy August Yields Noteworthy Anti-Money Laundering Developments

August was a busy month for the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Among other initiatives, FinCEN issued its long-awaited proposed regulations on customer due diligence (CDD)...more

SEC Proceedings Against IAs Center On Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest are at the center of two administrative proceedings recently instituted by the SEC. One involved the failure to adequately disclose the conflict. The other focuses on a failure to institute appropriate...more

Federal Prosecutors: The New Architects Of Corporate Governance

If I asked who or what are the primary sources of corporate governance changes, I would expect the following answers: Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the stock exchanges, proxy advisory firms, public pension...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

SEC Proposes Extension of Principal Trade Rule for Registered Advisers/Broker-Dealers - The SEC has proposed extending to December 31, 2016, the sunset date for the expiration of Rule 206(3)-3T (the “Rule”) under the...more

Three Disclosure Areas of Focus for Private Equity Firms Given Increased SEC Oversight

The private equity space is an area of increased scrutiny for the SEC. The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) earlier this year announced its intentions to examine a significant percentage of never...more

New Data Disposal Law in Delaware Requires Action by Impacted Businesses

While the federal government continues its inaction on data security bills pending in Congress, some U.S. states have been busy at work on this issue over the summer. A new Delaware law H.B. 295, signed into law on July 1,...more

SEC Files Financial Fraud Action

Financial fraud is an enforcement priority of the SEC. A financial fraud task force was formed in July 2013. Its purpose is to focus on this traditional staple of enforcement. A data analysis group was formed at the same time...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action at the SEC

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted amendments to the rules governing money market mutual funds (or “money market funds”) pursuant to Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Second Circuit upheld SEC Rule 10b-5-2 which defines certain types of relationships as the predicate for insider trading. In reaching its conclusion the Court rejected an argument that an insider trading claim must be...more

SEC Modifies Municipal-Securities Enforcement Initiative

Responding to industry complaints, the SEC’s Enforcement Division modified its Municipal Continuing-Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative to (a) extend the deadline for issuer disclosures until December 1 (from September...more

SEC Request For O&D Bar Denied

A frequently used remedy in Commission enforcement actions is the officer and director bar. A permanent bar has the very harsh effect of precluding the person from being an officer or director of any public company. That, of...more

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

Voyager II Launches and The FCPA Professor’s New Book

Many readers of this blog will recall that the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is 37 years old this year. Perhaps less might remember that also 37 years ago, NASA launched Voyager II, which was an unmanned spacecraft. ...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

Creating an Integrated Due Diligence System - Screening to Audits [Video]

Almost every FCPA enforcement action involves violations committed by third-party agents, consultants and distributors. Many companies have instituted due diligence procedures to screen third-parties, consultants and...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

Third Circuit Rejects Claim that Fiduciary Duty Required For Insider Trading

Insider trading cases frequently turn on the nature of the relationship between the trader and the person who is the source of information. The breach of that relationship of trust and confidence can supply the statutory...more

Third Party Due Diligence When is Enough, Enough? [Video]

In this era of aggressive FCPA enforcement, companies are designing and implementing robust due diligence systems to screen and monitor third party representatives. These policies and procedures are critical to an effective...more

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