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Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - March 2017

DOJ's New Guidance for Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs - Why it matters: On February 8, 2017, the DOJ released, to little fanfare, a new guidance document entitled "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs."...more

SEC Obtains Freeze Order In Suspicious Trading Case

Suspicious trading cases have become a staple of SEC insider trading enforcement. Typically the cases involve outsized trading in advance of a significant corporate event. The only way for the SEC to avoid the possible...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The number of settlements in securities class actions increased last year, according to Cornerstone Research. That fact, along with a finding that the amount of those settlements also increased, is detailed in the firm’s...more

Non-Use Agreement Need Not Precede Disclosure of Confidential Information

A Pennsylvania federal court held yesterday that an agreement not to use confidential inside information for trading purposes need not precede the receipt of that information in order to create liability under the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission brought two insider trading cases this week, one which is being litigated and another that settled prior to filing. The agency also brought a financial fraud action against five firm executives who essentially...more

SEC Brings Two Insider Trading Cases

The Commission filed two insider trading cases in the last two days where the person with access to the inside information traded and profited. One case is being litigated in federal district court. SEC v. Alpert, Civil...more

Why Bassam Salman Should Not Have Been Convicted

A lot of ink has been spilt on the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Salman v. United States, 137 S. Ct. 420 (2016). In that case, the Supreme Court upheld the criminal conviction of Mr. Bassam Salman who received...more

SEC Speaks: 2017 Enforcement and Exam Trends for Private Funds

At the recent SEC Speaks program, sponsored by PLI, senior SEC staff members provided valuable insight into the SEC’s 2017 priorities for private funds. While the tenor of this year’s discussion seemed to focus more on...more

Will 2017 Be the Year of Insider Trading Reform?

For several years running, insider trading has been among the most high-profile enforcement priorities for both DOJ and the SEC. Unlike most federal criminal law, insider trading remains undefined by statute, having instead...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The SEC is set to decide this week whether to okay a new ETF that could provide investors easier access to bitcoin, a potentially transformative move for the virtual currency....more

SEC Speaks 2017

Commission staff highlight key developments and successes in the SEC enforcement program. As they do every year, senior officials from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission), including current...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed in another trial. The action centered on fraud in connection with a securities lending transaction. The agency also brought another suspicious trading case this week....more

M&A Update: Toehold Accumulations: Further Convergence Between Private Equity and Hedge Fund Strategies

Over the past few years, private equity funds and hedge funds have increasingly employed tactics traditionally employed by the other as part of their value maximization strategies. Underscoring this convergence has been a...more

SEC Enforcement: 2016 in Review and Looking Ahead to 2017

Enforcement activity increased again in fiscal year 2016, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) continued to pursue a broad agenda. Consistent with former Chair Mary Jo White’s “broken windows” enforcement...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

After months of anticipation, yesterday was finally official Snap IPO day. And despite losses of more than $500 million last year, the company saw willing investors flock to buy the $17 shares, pushing Snap’s valuation to...more

SEC Secures Split Decision in Insider Trading Trial

The SEC received a split decision from a jury in an insider trading case that spawned three separate enforcement actions and ten different traders. The jury found in favor of the Commission and against one first tier tippee –...more

"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters"

On February 2, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters,” the third installment of our four-part Corporate Governance Series focused on trends in corporate...more

SEC Wins Freeze of $29 Million in Alleged Insider Trading Profits

Insider trading is a key enforcement priority as well as a controversial topic. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan and the SEC have brought a series of highly successful and high profile insider trading cases....more

Jury Fails To Convict JPMorgan Analyst of Insider Trading

Prosecutors, and perhaps the SEC, received a set back last in their war on insider trading as former J.P. Morgan Securities LLC analyst Ashish Aggarwal was found not guilty on 26 counts based on an insider trading scheme. The...more

2016 Year-End Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

Welcome to the 2016 Year-End Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose of this Report is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

During a two week period divided by the Inauguration, the Commission filed just under 40 actions. Chair Mary Jo White stepped down from her position at the agency after delivering her departing remarks at the New York...more

Investment Management Update

SEC Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Fee Structure - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently issued a guidance update addressing disclosure issues and certain procedural...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - December 2016

As the SEC as we know it labors through its last five weeks, we note the following activities: - Publication last week of 35 CDIs, covering a host of topics, including Regulation S and qualified institutional buyer...more

This Week In Securities Litigation - Holiday Edition

Questions regarding the validity of SEC ALJs continue to be a key focus for SEC enforcement. The Tenth Circuit concluded that the retention of SEC ALJs violated the Constitution’s Appointment Clause, setting up a potential...more

Insider Trading Law After Salman v. United States

In Salman v. United States, decided on December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court upheld a conviction for criminal violations of insider trading laws. The Court, however, declined to adopt the expansive theories of insider trading...more

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