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The SEC’s Continuing Investigation Regarding Carter’s, Inc.

Carter’s Inc. is the SEC investigation that just keeps on producing cases. Recently former firm vice president Richard Posey settled insider trading charges with the Commission after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy...more

Securities And Exchange Commission Creates New Private Fund Unit Dedicated To Examination Of Private Equity And Hedge Funds

On April 7, 2014, it was announced that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has created a new private fund unit dedicated to the examination of private equity and hedge funds....more

SEC Initiative Encourages Continuing Disclosure Violation Self-Reporting By Issuers And Underwriters

HIGHLIGHTS - - The Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC Initiative) begun by the SEC's Enforcement Division encourages issuers, borrowers or underwriters to self-disclose potential...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

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending April 4, 2014)

High speed trading and insider trading were key topics this week. Author Michael Lewis released a new book on high speed trading and, in an interview claimed the markets are “rigged.” The Commission focused on insider...more

SEC Correction: Reinstating an Exception to an Exception to an Exception

No one could be blamed for having difficulty understanding the intricacies of the rules under Section 17(d) of the Investment Company Act, the statute that prohibits “joint transactions” without an SEC order. At the end of...more

Division of Investment Management Lists 2013 Accomplishments; Sets 2014 Agenda

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management summarized its activities in 2013, highlighting its intensified rulemaking program, efforts to identify new and emerging risks and its disclosure initiatives. The Division also took...more

A Compilation of Actions - April 01, 2014

In a recent SEC no-action letter (RS Global Natural Res. Fund, SEC no-action letter, available 3/6/14), the SEC stated that it would take a non-enforcement position if a SEC registered investment adviser to a fund registered...more

Emphasis On Enforcement

In back-to-back keynote addresses Monday to the Securities & Financial Markets Association’s annual Compliance & Legal meeting, SEC-Chair Mary Jo White and Southern District of New York US Attorney Preet Bharara renewed the...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

A New SEC Enforcement Direction for 2014

Each year, the SEC puts on its most informative conference of the year: The SEC Speaks. During the course of the two-day conference, held this year on February 21 and 22, the Chair and each Commissioner, as well as the most...more

SEC Renews its Enforcement Focus—With Vigor—on Accounting Issues (Quorum, March 2014)

In the wake of Mary Jo White’s appointment as the new Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC’s Division of Enforcement has sought to aggressively investigate alleged accounting violations. ...more

SEC Enforcement – Deterrence, Prevention or Both?

The Commission’s current enforcement approach was detailed by Chair Mary Jo White in a speech delivered to the Australian Securities Investment Commission. In remarks titled “Perspectives on Strengthening Enforcement,”...more

SEC Enforcement Trends: Focus on the FCPA

This is the first in an ongoing series of posts focusing on current trends in SEC enforcement actions, and how those trends impact current and potential whistleblowers. We’ve chosen to highlight actions brought under the...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

SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Oversight of Clearing Agencies

On March 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose new rules that would enhance the oversight of registered clearing agencies that: (1) have been designated as systemically important by the Financial...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

SEC Enforcement Update - The SEC Speaks in 2014: Beware the Data Crunchers

Even more notable to securities practitioners than the attendance of Mark Cuban at this year’s SEC Speaks event (held in Washington, D.C. on February 21 22, 2014) was the start-to-finish focus of the Enforcement Division on...more

The SEC Speaks About FCPA

On February 21-22, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission held its annual “SEC Speaks” conference in Washington, D.C. On the first day of the conference, Kara Brockmeyer, Chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

SEC Speaks, Cuban Tweets

The leaders of the Securities and Exchange Commission addressed the public on February 21-22 at the annual SEC Speaks conference in Washington, D.C. The presentations covered an array of topics, but common themes included...more

US Securities Litigation and Enforcement

CD: Could you outline some of the key trends you are seeing in securities litigation and enforcement? Has the volume of class actions in this area increased in recent years? Jeff E. Butler: One important new...more

The SEC Speaks In 2014: Enhanced Statutory Regime Combined With Data Analytics Tools Results In Enforcement 2.0

The annual “SEC Speaks Conference,” where the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and its senior staff review the major developments from the prior year, and preview the SEC’s enforcement priorities for the upcoming...more

The SEC’s Financial Fraud And Accounting Task Force

The SEC likes to reorganize, refocus and reenergize. In the last ten years, the SEC has continued to reinvent itself. Whether it has been effective or not, is still up for questioning....more

For FCPA Compliance, Tone At The Top Key, Lack of Policies A Difficulty

The number of FCPA enforcement actions brought in recent years has declined. The SEC, for example, reports that in fiscal 2013 it brought 8 cases, compared to 10 in 2012 and 15 in 2011. Nevertheless, those who might be...more

SEC Chairman Sets 2014 Agenda, Promises Vigorous Enforcement

On January 27, SEC Chairman Mary Jo White outlined in remarks to the 41st Annual Securities Regulation Institute her agency’s 2014 agenda, promising “incredibly active enforcement” across “the entire industry spectrum.”...more

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