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Two Whistleblower Cases Show Major Contrast of How Cases Can Result

A couple of recent whistleblower cases that have received national attention show the large divide that still exists in the way that these cases can progress. The first case saw the SEC award a whistleblower $400,000 for...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission continued with broken windows this week. Twenty Rule 105 short selling cases were filed in a group. Last week another group of broken window type cases was filed based on the failure to file Form 4s and...more

Broker-Dealer Beat - September 2014

The SEC recently settled an enforcement action against brokerage firm Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co. ("MCH") for deficient insider trading procedures. This case is an important reminder of some key elements of effective insider...more

SEC Institutes Proceeding Against High Speed Trader – But Not For Trading

High speed trading is a frequent topic of discussion in the securities markets. Books have been written about it such as Michael Lewis’ “Flash Boys” and Scott Patterson’s “Dark Pools.” Hearings have been held on Capitol Hill...more

Investment Firm Fined $15 Million for Cherry Picking and Soft Dollar Schemes

An investment firm's plan to defraud clients out of $10.9 million landed it a $15 million penalty from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On top of the penalty, the firm must disgorge — or give up the profits...more

Larger Rewards For Wall Street Whistleblowers May Be On The Horizon

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration will seek to remove the $1.6 million cap on rewards to whistleblowers who provide evidence of criminal conduct by financial executives under the 1989 Financial...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - September 2014

In This Issue: The CFTC provided long-awaited exemptive relief for commodity pool operators that wish to offer their funds in private offerings using general solicitation under Rule 506(c) of the SEC’s Regulation D. ...more

SEC Continues Its “Strict Liability” Enforcement Campaigns, Focusing on Filing Failures and Rule 105 Violations

Nearly five years ago, the SEC launched an extensive "crackdown" on violations of Rule 105 of Regulation M, which prohibits short selling securities and then participating in secondary offerings of the same securities within...more

SEC Enforcement Actions for Failure to File Timely Reports (under Sections 16(a), 13(d) and 13(g) of the Exchange Act)

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced settled charges against (i) 28 officers, directors and major beneficial owners of publicly traded companies that failed to file Schedules 13D and 13G and...more

SEC’s Broken Window Enforcement Program Gets a Boost from “Quantitative Analytics” and “Algorithms”

The SEC announced last week that it had charged, in settled administrative proceedings, 28 individuals and investment firms that failed to “promptly report information about their holdings and transactions in company stock”...more

Investment Management Firm Discloses Wells Notice Over Performance Claims

F-Squared Investments, Inc. (F-Squared), a registered investment manager that provides portfolios of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), recently disclosed that it received a Wells notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

The SEC In the Office Fails To Deter Insider Trader

The theory of “broken windows,” the enforcement approach being pursued by the SEC, is that prosecuting all violations large and small creates deterrence. That comes from a kind of omnipresence, or a cop on the beat impact. In...more

SEC Announces Enforcement Actions Relating to Section 16 Reporting Violations

On September 10, the SEC announced enforcement actions against 28 individuals and investment companies for failing to promptly report their holdings of and transactions in public company stock. The SEC also brought charges...more

The SEC – now killing many birds with one "big data" stone: 5 takeaways

The SEC this week announced a mass action against 34 defendants for alleged violations of federal securities laws regarding reporting of stock holdings. As the Wall Street Journal reported, the action “is part of the ‘broken...more

SEC Enforcement Initiative to Root Out Repeated Late Filers of Ownership Forms Due Under Sections 13 and 16 — Reminder to Ensure...

On September 10, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced charges against 28 officers, directors and major shareholders for violating Sections 13 and 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the...more

SEC Sends A Message — To Executives And Their Companies

In October 2013, SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave a speech at the Securities Enforcement Forum in which she declared an “enforcement mission” of the SEC to be implementation of the “broken windows” theory of crime deterrence...more

SEC Issues Stern Reminder for Timely Filing of Beneficial Ownership Reports

After years of little enforcement action, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a press release yesterday announcing charges against 28 officers, directors, or major shareholders for violating federal...more

Dodd-Frank Splits Courts on Granting Whistleblower Protections

As more claimants take advantage of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) whistleblower program created under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, courts have increasingly been called upon to decipher the law's...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC continued with its “broken windows” approach to enforcement this week, filing a group of 34 actions based on the failure to file either a Form 4, Schedule 13D or Schedule 13G. The agency also filed an action alleging...more

SEC Increases Focus on Accounting and Financial Fraud at Public Companies

“I would describe the time period we are living through as an era of creative and aggressive enforcement by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC),” said Latham & Watkins partner John Sikora. “The SEC has set a...more

SEC ALJ Rules Revocations and Bars Are “Penalties” Subject to Five-Year Statute of Limitations in Section 2462

In 2013, the Supreme Court handed down an important ruling concerning the statute of limitations in civil enforcement actions in which the SEC seeks civil monetary penalties. In Gabelli v. SEC, the Justices unanimously ruled...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed on summary judgment in an action against a broker which alleged he misappropriated client funds. The agency also filed actions centered on: an audit failure; the EB-5 immigration program; undisclosed...more

SEC Proceedings Against IAs Center On Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest are at the center of two administrative proceedings recently instituted by the SEC. One involved the failure to adequately disclose the conflict. The other focuses on a failure to institute appropriate...more

How due diligence plays a role in anti-corruption compliance

With the increasing frequency and expanding scope of enforcement globally, organizations need to devote plenty of attention to anti-corruption due-diligence of third-parties that they engage. The value of due diligence is...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

SEC Proposes Extension of Principal Trade Rule for Registered Advisers/Broker-Dealers - The SEC has proposed extending to December 31, 2016, the sunset date for the expiration of Rule 206(3)-3T (the “Rule”) under the...more

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