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Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Activity: 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Preview

The 2013 calendar year saw several significant developments in the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) combined...more

OSC Adopts New Initiatives to Strengthen Enforcement

On March 11, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) issued Staff Notice 15-702 – Revised Credit for Cooperation Program (Staff Notice 15-702). Staff Notice 15-702 carries forward various existing codified or informal...more

FINRA Sanctions Firm And Compliance Officer For AML Violations

This past February, FINRA issued an acceptance, waiver and consent (“AWC”) against a firm and its global anti-money laundering (“AML”) Compliance Officer (“CO”) for failures in AML compliance regarding brokerage and custodial...more

Department of Justice Cites Poor Compliance Program and Lack of Cooperation in Extracting Significant FCPA Penalties in Marubeni...

The importance of a company’s response to a Department of Justice (“DOJ”) investigation into possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) was highlighted last week when Marubeni Corporation (“Marubeni”)...more

FINRA Fines Firm and Former Chief Compliance and AML Officer For Failing to Register Foreign Finders and Failure to Comply with...

On January 28, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) accepted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (the “AWC”) from a member firm, Banorte-Ixe Securities International, Ltd. (the “Firm”), and...more

FCPA Snapshot – 2013

SUMMARY - Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement activity in 2013 was robust, with DOJ and the SEC bringing 31 new FCPA enforcement actions, exceeding 2012’s total of 25. Total penalties amounted to more than...more

SEC Issues Guidance on its 2014 Examination Priorities

Each year, the SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examination's National Exam Program (NEP) issues a letter communicating to investors and registrants the areas that the staff perceives to present heightened risks. This...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2013 Year in Review - An Overview of the Board’s Significant Actions

Introduction - From the looks of it, 2013 was a very rough year for the National Labor Relations Board (Board)! Last year, we reported that the Board would face some serious legal battles in 2013. Some of those...more

Private Fund Managers Be Aware: FCPA Enforcement Is Coming Your Way

The increased globalization of the private investment industry has given rise to an enhanced focus by U.S. prosecutors and regulators on rooting out corrupt business activities in private equity firms and hedge funds. As...more

2014 Trends: #10 Expanding Use of DPAs and NPAs

The day has arrived. Today we’ll cover our last trend to watch in 2014: DPA and NPA use expanding. Since they were first used in 2000, the U.S. DOJ has disclosed 257 Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) and Non-Prosecution...more

Code Violations, Enforcement And “Broken Windows”

Sometimes our experiences provide important lessons that we can apply in our current job. As a federal prosecutor in the District of Columbia, criminologists were pushing the “broken windows” theory of law enforcement:...more

FTC Settles With Businesses Who Allegedly Misrepresented US-EU Safe Harbor Certification

Beware: Even if your company substantially complies with the Privacy Principles of the US-EU Safe Harbor, failure to annually re-certify can land you in hot water. Twelve US businesses—ranging from sports teams, to...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Proposes Rule to Oversee Larger Nonbank International Money Transfer Providers - On Thursday, January 23, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") proposed a rule...more

The FCPA And Fight Against Terrorism

I admit it took me awhile to finally get it. I have long wondered what could have caused the explosion in Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices...more

U.S. SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues Risk Alert on Alternative Investment Due Diligence...

U.S. SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues Risk Alert on Alternative Investment Due Diligence Practices - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and...more

SEC To Demand More Public Accountability This Year From Wrongdoers In Financial Markets

SEC Chair Mary Jo White announced last week that the SEC is changing its protocol relating to admissions of guilt in settlements with wrongdoers in the securities markets. Historically, SEC practice was to settle cases...more

The CFPB Targets Mortgage Reinsurance Yet Again

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed an administrative enforcement action against PHH Corporation, alleging a nearly 15-year “mortgage insurance kickback scheme” by its mortgage origination and reinsurance...more

CFPB supervisory report highlights exam report changes, non-public supervisory actions and mortgage servicing deficiencies

Last month, the CFPB began using new templates for its examination reports and supervisory letters (collectively, “reports’). The template changes were announced in the CFPB’s Winter 2013 Supervisory Report, which highlights...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions - 02/03/14

SEC Initiates Enforcement Action Against Hedge Fund Adviser - The SEC initiated an administrative proceeding on January 8, 2014 against Patrick G. Rooney (“Rooney”), the sole owner and managing partner of Solaris...more

SEC Chair: It Will Be A Busy Year For Enforcement

SEC Chair Mary Jo White outlined the 2014 agenda for the SEC in recent remarks. SEC Chair Mary Jo White, 41st Annual Securities Regulation Institute, Coronado, California (Jan. 27, 2014)(here). Portions of the agenda focused...more

2013 Year-End Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

We are pleased to share with you the 2013 Year-End Highlights Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team, a periodic survey, in addition to our Executive Alerts, which...more

"Government Enforcement: Aggressive Efforts Continue Around the Globe"

Government enforcement efforts in 2013 produced major settlements of matters relating to the global financial crisis, high-profile insider trading convictions, near-record amounts of FCPA settlements, and new pledges of...more

Financial Reporting & Accounting Enforcement Annual Review - 2013

In This Issue: Introduction; Redesigning the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, Again; Focus Areas: What’s Next; Overview of 2013 Cases; Public Company, Officer, and Director Trends; Audit Firm and Auditor Trends; Rule...more

U.S. Privacy and Data Protection: 2013 Year in Review and a Look Ahead to 2014

In Boston, we celebrated Data Privacy Day (January 28) by presenting “U.S. Privacy and Data Protection: 2013 Year In Review and a Prediction of What’s to Come in 2014” for participants in an IAPP KnowledgeNet. Our panel of...more

The So-Called Re-Emergence Of Gifts, Meals And Entertainment As A Compliance Problem

Forgive me for taking the FCPA Paparazzi to task but when they deserve it, they deserve it. A quick diversion — I often am asked by fellow bar members and commenters if I am referring to them as being a member of the...more

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