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OSC Credit for Cooperation - Continued Uncertainty for Market Participants with Respect to Privilege

On March 13, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) released its revised Credit for Cooperation Program via OSC Staff Notice 15–702. As pointed out in our recent client update (OSC Adopts New Initiatives to Strengthen...more

A Blast from the Past: The SEC Fines Investment Adviser/Broker-Dealer for Breakpoint Violations

In a case reminiscent of the “breakpoint” enforcement actions brought 10 years ago by securities regulators, the SEC recently found that a registered investment adviser and broker-dealer overcharged clients because it...more

Quarterly Whistleblower Award Update

The SEC recently announced that it has denied whistleblower claims in connection with three different matters and awarded an additional $150,000 to the inaugural recipient of an award under the SEC’s whistleblower...more

Honey, You Did What? SEC Charges Yet Another Spouse With Insider Trading

On March 31, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought insider trading charges against Ching Hwa Chen, the husband of a corporate insider, alleging that he misappropriated financial information from his wife and...more

SEC Steps Up Scrutiny of Municipal Bonds: Recently Filed Enforcement Actions

As Bret Leone-Quick discussed in a post last week, the SEC has been stepping up its scrutiny of municipal bond offerings. Indeed, in the last year the SEC has filed a number of enforcement actions against municipal bond...more

Fund Principal Partially Resolves Administrative Charges

A principal of an investment adviser partially settled a previously filed administrative proceeding which centers on claims that he and another Respondent improperly advised their clients to invest in off-shore funds without...more

SEC Enforcement Staff’s Investigations of Financially Stressed Municipal Issuers

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the SEC Enforcement Staff is one year into a wide-ranging review of disclosures made by financially stressed municipal bond issuers. This review has focused on whether municipalities...more

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

SEC Brings Lawsuit Against Former Carter’s Executive for Insider Trading and Tipping

On March 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against Richard Posey, former vice president of Operations of children’s clothing manufacturer...more

SEC Prevails in Lawsuit Involving $50 Million Ponzi Scheme

On March 6, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ordered the former leaders of an investment group to pay more than $8 million in disgorgement and fines for their role in running a $50 million real...more

Two Thoughts about Dewey LeBoeuf and Parallel Proceedings

You’ve probably read about the Manhattan district attorney’s office’s indictment of executives at former Big Law giant Dewey LeBoeuf. According to the WSJ Law Blog, the crux is this: “[F]ormer Dewey Chairman Steven...more

The SEC and Omnipresent Enforcement

A key part of the new “get tough” enforcement doctrine is omnipresence – that is, creating the impression that the SEC’s Division of Enforcement is everywhere all the time. This theory, a variation of the “cop on the beat”...more

SEC Brings New Charges Against SAC Analyst, Highlighting Risks to Employees

On Thursday, the SEC announced another set of insider trading charges against an employee of CR Intrinsic, an affiliate of the now-infamous hedge fund advisor SAC Capital Advisors. According to the SEC complaint, CR Intrinsic...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending March 14, 2014)

The Supreme Court agreed to hear another securities class action case next term. The issue to be considered is whether tolling applies to a statute of repose, Securities Act Section 13....more

US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Upholds Fraud Penalties for Ex-GlobeTel Executives

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently upheld a summary judgment decision granted in favor of the US Securities and Exchange Commission against three former GlobeTel Communications Corp. (GlobeTel)...more

SEC Continues Crack Down on Short Sale Rule Violations: Settles $7.3 Million Case Against Worldwide Capital

In the largest Rule 105 (Short Sale Rule) enforcement case to date, the SEC reached a $7.3 million settlement against Worldwide Capital and its principal last Wednesday, March 5. The SEC's message has been consistent since...more

$6 Million SOX Whistleblower Verdict In California

On March 5, 2014, a California jury awarded $6 million to a former accounting executive at Playboy Enterprises Inc. (the “Company”), finding that the Company discharged the former employee in violation of Section 806 of SOX....more

SEC Enforcement of Rule 105: The Hits Just Keep on Comin’

Last week, in In the Matter of Worldwide Capital, Inc. and Jeffrey W. Lynn, AP File No. 3-15772 (Mar. 5, 2014), the SEC announced the latest—and largest ever—settlement of an administrative enforcement action concerning...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

Private Fund Update - March 3, 2014

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) -...more

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

SEC Reminds Funds That Shareholders Should Be Allowed to Vote on Each Material Amendment to Charter Documents - The Staff of the Division of Investment Management has issued guidance to funds reminding them that when...more

Trading On Tips: SEC May Seek Disgorgement From Trader For Gains In Investment Fund

A trader who uses material nonpublic information to execute trades but does not personally benefit from the resulting gains may nonetheless face disgorgement of all profits, according to a recent Second Circuit opinion. In...more

Disgorgement In An SEC Action When The Fund Has Profits But Not The Trader

Earlier this month the Third Circuit resolved an issue regarding causation, intervening causes and disgorgement in an SEC enforcement action. SEC v. Teo (here). Now the Second Circuit has handed down a ruling on the measure...more

SEC v. Contorinis: Second Circuit gives SEC a powerful new tool – for now

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has broadened the Securities and Exchange Commission’s power to seek civil disgorgement of profits from insider trading violations even where an individual did not personally profit from...more

SEC Charges Securities Law Recidivist In Fraudulent Trading Scheme

The Commission filed another action against a securities law recidivist, this time centered on a fraudulent trading and investment program. SEC v. Lee, Civil Action No. 14CV0347 (S.D. Cal. Filed Feb. 13, 2014). James...more

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