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SEC Sanctions Adviser For Not Fully Disclosing Fee Arrangements

The Commission has brought a series of cases focused on undisclosed conflicts of regulated entities. A number of those cases centered on undisclosed fee and compensation arrangements. In its most recent case the agency went...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed three actions following-up on its settled proceeding against Oppenheimer for selling millions of shares of unregistered penny stocks. Each individual settled with the agency. In addition, the Commission brought...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2015 Edition: SEC Charges Corporate Insiders for Failing to Update Beneficial Ownership...

Enforcement actions raise potential disclosure concerns for private equity sponsors exploring investments in public companies - Earlier this year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced charges...more

US Chamber Recommends SEC Enforcement Changes

Last week the US Chamber of Commerce, through its Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, issued a white paper proposing wide-ranging changes to the SEC’s enforcement process. Most of the 28 recommendations were...more

SEC Charges Three For Six Microcap Fraud Manipulations

Microcap fraud has been a priority of SEC Enforcement since at least the formation of the Microcap Task Force about two years ago. The Commission has brought a series of cases focused largely on pump-and-dump schemes....more

SEC Settles With Stock Promoters in Medical Marijuana Stock Manipulation Scheme

On July 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission settled with two stock promoters accused of reaping $2.5 million in illicit profits by manipulating stocks of medical marijuana microcap companies. According to the proposed...more

You Can Settle Your Insider Trading Case with a Negligence-based Charge

This is almost certainly not true anymore. But it was true once! Maybe only once. Back in October 1991, the SEC sued Shared Medical Systems, a Pennsylvania health care information services company and three of its officers...more

SEC’s Whistleblower Program Awards Over $3 million to Company Insider

On Friday, July 17, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it will award more than $3 million to a company insider who helped the SEC “crack a complex fraud.”...more

Bridging the Week - July 2015 #3

Et tu, CFE? CBOE Futures Proposes Amended Disruptive Practices Rules and New Related Policies and Procedures: CBOE Futures Exchange became the latest designated contract market to propose specific rules to ban disruptive...more

What Message Is Being Sent to CCOs By SEC Commissioners?

The role of the chief compliance officer is the talk of the Securities and Exchange Commission these days – or at least some of its Commissioners. Those who are speaking for the record agree that the role of the CCO is...more

SEC Enforcement Actions Against IA CCO’s: Aguilar & White Respond to Gallagher

In mid-June, SEC Commissioner Gallagher issued a strongly-worded public dissent from two enforcement actions against investment-adviser CCOs, accusing the Commission of “cutting off its nose to spite its face” by punishing...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition - July 2015

In this issue: - HKEx Publishes Consultation Conclusions on Weighted Voting Rights - Corporate Governance Reforms in Japan - SEC and NYSE/Nasdaq Developments - Sanctions Round-Up - Noteworthy US...more

One Tardy Whistleblower Wins SEC Award, One Loses

The SEC announced a whistleblower award of more than $3 million to a company insider whose information helped the SEC crack a complex fraud. The multi-million dollar payout is the third highest award to date under the SEC’s...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce published a report containing a series of recommendations regarding the SEC’s Enforcement program. Several recommendations focused on the use of administrative proceedings, including one which...more

SEC Enforcement Action Signifies the Need for Investment Advisers to Adopt Written Expense Allocation Policies

On June 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) with violations of Sections 206(2) and 206(4) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended, and Rule 206(4)-7 thereunder for...more

Dodd-Frank 180-Day “Deadline” For SEC to Take Action Not Really a Deadline After All

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently ruled that Section 4E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. § 78d-5(a)(1) – which provides that “[n]ot later than 180 days after the...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - July 2015

In this issue: - Financial Reporting: Commission Delegated Regulations on Equivalence of Certain Third Country National GAAPs to IFRS - Proxy Advisers: ESMA Consultation on Best Practise Principles for Voting...more

SEC Files Microcap Fraud Action Charging Thirty-Four Defendants

Microcap fraud has been a priority for SEC Enforcement at least since the creation of the Microcap Fraud Task Force two years ago. The cases typically focus on market manipulation claims of shell companies and pump-and–dump...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

First Circuit Rules Bankruptcy Code Preempts Puerto Rico's Recovery Act - On Monday, July 6, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the February 6, 2015 order and injunction of the Puerto Rico District Court...more

SEC Files Complaint Against U.S. Company for Ponzi Scheme - Includes EB-5 Investors

On Monday July 6, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") charged Luca International Group, LLC, a San Francisco area oil and gas company, and its affiliated companies ("Luca") and certain of its executives,...more

An Example of Cooperation Credit From The SEC

DOJ and SEC officials repeatedly encourage cooperation. There are benefits for both sides. Cooperation can facilitate the Government’s investigation, providing a road to the scheme. Testimony can aid in obtaining a favorable...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 26

In this issue: - SEC Seeks Comment on Possible Enhancement of Audit Committee Disclosures - SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Executive Compensation Clawbacks - FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Discretionary...more

The Circuits Are Split: Are Tangible Benefits Required for Insider Trading Liability?

The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision calls into question the Second Circuit’s definition of “personal benefit” for insider trading liability in criminal prosecutions. On July 6, 2015, United States District Court Judge...more

Deadlines And SEC Enforcement: When 180 Days Is Not 180 Days

When does a 180 day deadline not mean that in 180 days time is up? Answer: When the SEC says so and the DC Circuit gives the conclusion Chevron deference. That is the holding of Montford and Company, Inc. v. SEC, No. 14-1126...more

Private Equity FCPA Enforcement

FCPA enforcement efforts are not so hard to follow and predict – the government likes to provide advance warnings as an effective means of deterrence. Justice Department and SEC officials will often tell the public their...more

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