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Proactive Approach To Cybersecurity: Recent SEC guidance and enforcement actions suggest that reactive firms may be in the SEC’s...

In an environment where even the largest and most powerful corporations have fallen victim to data breaches, it can be challenging to fathom how to protect against the sophisticated and ever-evolving threat of cyber attacks....more

SEC’s Piwowar and Gallagher Dissent, Defer to Courts on ConLaw Challenge

SEC Commissioners Piwowar and Gallagher dissented from a recent Commission Opinion sanctioning an investment adviser’s use of misleading historical data purporting to validate an asset-allocation model. Agreeing there was a...more

Former CEO of Siemens-Argentina Pleads Guilty to FCPA Offenses

On September 30, the former CFO of Siemens S.A.-Argentina pleaded guilty in a federal court in New York to conspiring to pay nearly $100 million dollars in bribes to Argentinian officials. The former executive, Andres...more

Compliance at the Tipping Point, Part I – The Yates Memo

This is the day that the US government traditionally celebrates Columbus’ discovery of the Americas, in the form of Columbus Day. My grandfather emigrated from Italy so he always took Columbus Day as his heritage day. My...more

Portfolio Monitoring and Legal Fees Subject to SEC Enforcement Action Against Private Equity Group

The SEC announced that three private equity fund advisers within The Blackstone Group have agreed to pay nearly $39 million to settle charges that they failed to fully inform investors about benefits that the advisers...more

SEC ALJ Slams Bebo; Summarily Denies ConLaw Challenge

Laurie Bebo, CEO of Assisted Living Concepts, initially got some sympathetic words from the U.S. District Judge who felt constrained to turn away her constitutional challenge to the SEC’s administrative forum: The Court...more

Bristol-Myers Squibb Pays $14 Million to SEC to Resolve China FCPA Offenses

On October 5, the SEC announced a settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb to resolve allegations that the pharmaceutical company’s Chinese joint venture, BMS China, gave cash, jewelry, and other benefits to health care providers...more

Kinross Gold Discloses FCPA Investigation by SEC and DOJ

On October 2, Canadian mining company Kinross Gold Corp. announced that the SEC and DOJ are investigating potentially improper payments to government officials in West Africa. The company’s announcement states that it...more

Will the “Yates Memo” Impact Maryland State Prosecutions?

“SEC. 3. (a) The Attorney General shall: (1) Prosecute and defend on the part of the State all cases pending in the Appellate Courts of the State, in the Supreme Court of the United States or the inferior Federal Courts,...more

Battle Over SEC’s Admin Forum Moves to 11th Circuit

The battle over the constitutionality of the SEC’s administrative forum now moves to the U.S. Eleventh Circuit. The appellate court issued an order Wednesday, denying the SEC’s bid to upset the trial court’s preliminary...more

Investment Adviser Settles SEC Cybersecurity Enforcement Action; SEC Issues Investor Alert

On September 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, Inc. (“R.T. Jones”), a St. Louis-based investment adviser, settled charges that R.T. Jones failed to adopt...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2015

Regulatory Developments - FINRA Files Proposed Rule Change to Apply Markup Rule to Government Securities: On Sept. 30 FINRA filed with the SEC a proposed rule change, published in the Federal Register on Oct. 6, to...more

SEC Brings First Cybersecurity Enforcement Proceeding in Wake of Risk Alert

Highlights Areas of High Risk and Examination Priorities for Financial Industry Firms - On September 15, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE),...more

The SEC Opens Up a New Front in the Cybersecurity Wars

For the last few years, the SEC has been issuing guidance as to appropriate cybersecurity policies and procedures for financial firms. In a move that signal’s the regulator’s willingness to put muscle into its cybersecurity...more

SEC Fines Investment Firm $75,000 for Failing to Adopt Written Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures

Investment firm R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management (R.T. Jones) has agreed to settle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and pay a $75,000 penalty over charges that it failed to adopt written policies and...more

SEC Enforcement Continues to Pursue Hedge Fund Advisers

The SEC continues to pursue enforcement actions against hedge fund managers for alleged self-dealing, undisclosed conflicts of interest, and valuation issues. As we’ve previously reported (here and here), the SEC has stepped...more

SEC Settles With Blackstone On Disclosure Issues

The SEC’s Asset Management Unit continues to review and analyze fees, expenses and the related disclosure at private equity firms. The Unit has encouraged advisers to self-report these issues. The most recent action emanating...more

Hacked Investment Advisor Fined $75,000 for Lack of Cyber-Security Measures

Many in the investment advisory community are following the story of R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, an investment advisor that, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), suffered a hack exposing the...more

Investment Adviser and SEC Agree to Settle Charges Arising out of Failure to Adopt Written Cybersecurity Policies Required by the...

The SEC charged investment adviser R.T. Jones with willfully violating the Safeguards Rule by failing to adopt written policies and procedures designed to protect customer records and information. The Safeguards Rule requires...more

SEC Ramps up Cybersecurity Scrutiny With Examination Priorities and an Enforcement Action

Why it matters - Signaling that it will continue to increase its scrutiny of firms' cybersecurity readiness, the Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a...more

SEC Steps Up Cybersecurity Enforcement

September has been a busy month for the SEC in addressing cybersecurity. In the span of a week, the SEC issued a new alert in connection with its cybersecurity examination of Wall Street firms, entered a Cease and Desist...more

SEC Files Settled Action Tied To Restatement

The SEC filed another action centered on a restatement resulting from improper accounting and internal controls. In this instance the firm lacked procedures for dealing with related party transactions despite contrary...more

SEC Announces Second Round of Charges Against Underwriters Under MCDC Initiative

On September 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 22 municipal bond underwriters, the second round of enforcement actions brought by the SEC under the Municipalities...more

SEC Charges HFT Firm with Regulation NMS Violations

The SEC recently charged the high-frequency trading firm Latour Trading LLC (“Latour”) for violating Securities Exchange Act (“Exchange Act”) rule 15c3-5 (the “Market Access Rule”) and Exchange Act rule 611(c) (the “Order...more

SEC, Bristol-Myers Settle FCPA Charges

FCPA procedures, internal controls and travel, entertainment and gifts were at the center of the SEC’s latest FCPA action. The action names as a Respondent Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and focuses on its efforts to sell...more

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