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Adviser, Co-founder, Settle SEC Breach of Duty Proceeding

The Commission filed settled administrative proceedings against an investment adviser and its co-founder based on a claimed breach of fiduciary duty. The Order alleged violations based on negligence, citing Securities Act...more

SEC Commissioner Piwowar On Enforcement Policy

Commissioner Michael Piwowar, the only economist currently on the Commission, outlined his views regarding enforcement policy in remarks delivered at the Securities Enforcement Forum 2014 last week....more

For Now, The Broad Interpretation of “Foreign Officials” Under the FCPA Is Here to Stay

In recent years, the DOJ and SEC have significantly increased their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement efforts, and in the process, have successfully advocated the theory that state-owned or state-controlled...more

SEC Brings Another Offering Fraud Case

The Commission filed another in what appears to be an unending series of offering fraud actions. Unlike many of its prior cases, this action centers on a Respondent who kept shifting his scheme to continually raise more money...more

Wrapping up Securities Enforcement Forum 2014

I was lucky enough to spend Tuesday at Bruce Carton’s Securities Enforcement Forum 2014. In three years, it has gone from zero to the preeminent securities enforcement law conference anywhere. I blogged it hurriedly...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: Recent SEC Enforcement Actions Impact Compliance Landscape

There was not a lot of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) activity this past Spring and Summer that was directly relevant to most small and medium-sized SEC reporting companies, with the SEC focusing on credit ratings...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition - October 2014

In this issue: - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation - Recent SEC/DOJ Enforcement Matters - EU DEVELOPMENTS - European Commission...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel

The SEC reminded everyone that, yes, it cares whether you timely file your Section 16 reports, by announcing enforcement actions against 28 Section 16 filers and six public companies here. Some tie the unprecedented...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition, October 2014

In this issue: - Asia DEVELOPMENT - HKEx Releases Concept Paper on Weighted Voting Rights - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation - Recent...more

Securities Enforcement Forum 2014 — FCPA, SEC/DOJ Joint Actions, and Other Recent Criminalization Trends

Today I’m blogging from Securities Enforcement Forum 2014, Bruce Carton’s excellent one-day conference, this year being held at the Four Seasons hotel in Washington, D.C. The posts will be fairly raw, and certainly not...more

Securities Enforcement Forum 2014 — Morning Keynote Speech by Commissioner Piwowar

Today I’m blogging from Securities Enforcement Forum 2014, Bruce Carton’s excellent one-day conference, this year being held at the Four Seasons hotel in Washington, D.C. The posts will be fairly raw, and certainly not...more

A Warning to Public Company Insiders and Companies: Get All Beneficial Ownership Reports Filed on Time

In September 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced charges against 28 officers, directors and significant stockholders of public companies for violating federal securities laws which require such...more

SEC Charges E*Trade Subs: When Is the Due Diligence Sufficient?

Having the correct compliance procedures in place can often be critical. The SEC and the DOJ have repeatedly emphasized this in FCPA cases. Conducting due diligence can be equally critical. For gatekeepers such as lawyers,...more

CFTC Settles Fraudulent Trading Violations with Forex Trader

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission accepted an offer of settlement submitted by the owner of Peak Capital Group, Inc., Scott Beatty, in anticipation of an administrative proceeding resulting from Beatty’s alleged...more

FinCrimes Update - September 2014 Summary, Volume 1, Issue 7

IN THIS ISSUE: BSA/AML & OFAC | Virtual Currency & Payment Systems | FCPA & Anti-Corruption | Criminal Enforcement. BSA/AML & OFAC: FINCEN OFFERS RED FLAGS GUIDANCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2014 #2

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Bank Structure - Shadow Banking - Financial Services - Excerpt...more

Loss Causation In A Securities Fraud Case From a Stream of Small Disclosures

A critical element in a Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 securities fraud claim for damages is loss causation. Mandated as a key component of such a claim by the PSLRA, the element provides the essential link between the alleged...more

The Positive Effects of DPAs and NPAs in FCPA Enforcement

One of the oft-made criticisms regarding the Department of Justice (DOJ) around its enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is its the use of Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) and Non-Prosecution...more

The Origins of the FCPA: Lessons For Effective Compliance and Enforcement - Part Five

The Congressional debates - The revelations from the Watergate hearings and the Commission’s investigations and enforcement actions sparked two years of Congressional hearings. Those revelations also spawned a...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 19 • October 2014 (Global)

News from the Americas - Securities enforcement by state regulators. The US North American Securities Administrators Association published its annual enforcement survey. It noted a significant increase in the amount of...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

On July 31, 2014, the SEC awarded $400,000 to a whistleblower who had reported internally before providing information to the SEC. The award was unique because the SEC’s Claims Review Staff had denied the whistleblower’s...more

FCPA Enforcement: Where Have All the Enforcement Actions Gone?

Sometimes the tea leaves are wrong; sometimes the prognosticators do not know what they are talking about; and sometimes nothing has changed....more

TIGTA Releases Annual Report on IRS Compliance Trends

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released its annual report on IRS compliance trends yesterday. The key takeaway from the report is TIGTA’s finding that the total amount of revenue received and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

As the government fiscal year drew to a close, the SEC continued what appears to be an emerging trend of filing insider trading actions as administrative proceedings rather than civil injunctive actions in Federal Court. The...more

Red Notice Newsletter - September 2014

Welcome to the September 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, a Chinese branch of a multinational pharmaceutical company receives a...more

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