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Uber made it official today, announcing that controversial CEO Travis Kalanick will be taking an indefinite leave of absence, though even the announcement and board commentary that followed seemed to highlight the “bad-boy...more

Supreme Court Decision on Statute of Limitations Governing SEC’s Recovery of Disgorgement Also Applies to FERC (but Practical...

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Kokesh v. SEC, unanimously held that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cannot seek disgorgement of unjust profits obtained outside of the five-year statute of limitations...more

Bridging the Week - June 2017

Former Newbie Bank Trader Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges and Settles CFTC Civil Charges for No Fine for Spoofing, Attempted Manipulation and Manipulation of Gold and Silver Futures: David Liew, a former junior trader...more

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So what happens when traders attempt to manipulate the index that’s meant to measure fear in the stock market itself? Well, we might just be finding out. Two UT Austin researchers think that we’re seeing efforts to mess with...more

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Several members of healthcare hedge fund Deerfield Mgmt have been implicated in an insider-trading case over the alleged use of confidential information about gov’t financing to trade shares in affected health care companies....more

Senators Send SEC, EPA, Letter On Renewable Fuel Credit Market

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On May 9, 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with seven additional Democratic Senators, sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the...more

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The Times gives us some insight into the opaque (but powerful) HNA Group—the Chinese entity that began with Hainan Airlines and has grown into a global investing and acquisition powerhouse that is now the largest shareholder...more

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We know that China’s Didi Chuxing is powerful enough to have driven Uber out of China altogether. So what happens when Didi sets its sights outside of Chinese borders? Flush with $5.5 billion in new funding, Didi is likely...more

"Southern District Decision Highlights Challenges for Private Litigants Pursuing Manipulation Claims Under the CEA"

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that Total, S.A., Total Gas & Power North America, Inc., and Total Gas & Power Limited (collectively, “Total”)...more

FERC v. Barclays Bank PLC: The Latest on De Novo Review Under the FPA

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In a March 30, 2017 order “in agreement with every other federal court that has expressly addressed this issue,” the court in FERC v. Barclays Bank PLC, (E.D. Cal., filed Oct. 9, 2013), held in an action FERC filed to enforce...more

Acting (and Potentially Permanent) CFTC Chairman Warns of “Aggressive and Assertive Enforcement Action by the CFTC Under the Trump...

In remarks before the International Futures Industry Conference, Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo—who was just nominated by President Trump to be permanent Chairman—talked about the future of the Commodity Futures...more

SEC Charges Trader, Broker In Spoofing – Cross-Market Manipulation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission’s latest market manipulation action centers on a foreign trading firm with an undisclosed owner and a U.S. broker-dealer where the undisclosed owner was imbedded as a registered representative, facilitating the...more

First case on Market Manipulation decided in New Zealand

by DLA Piper on

The High Court (Court) decision in Financial Markets Authority v Warminger is being read with interest by capital market participants as the first case on market manipulation decided in New Zealand. The Court found that...more

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The FHLB Boston’s $5.9 billion MBS case against Morgan Stanley, UBS, and Credit Suisse, is back in Massachusetts state court—a result of the Supreme Court’s Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage case that held that Fannie Mae’s...more

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RBS has agreed to pay $85 million to the CFTC to resolve allegations that its traders “manipulated the ISDAfix benchmark rate over a period of five years to benefit the bank’s derivatives positions”....more

"FERC Could See Substantial Changes Under President Trump"

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is a somewhat obscure and highly technical agency that was not discussed specifically during President Donald Trump’s campaign. Its regulatory footprint is, however,...more

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The emissions cheating scandal that recently cost VW $4.3 billion and a mess of criminal indictments isn’t, it seems, confined to the Germans. We heard months ago about a similar probe into Mitsubishi, and yesterday we...more

U.S. CFTC Enforcement: Key Compliance Takeaways From 2016

by Reed Smith on

In 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission brought several significant enforcement actions involving computerized robo-advisors, recordkeeping and reporting requirements, insider trading, spoofing, market...more

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Some early signs of the focus of SoftBank’s “hugely ambitious” $100 billion investment fund are beginning to emerge, and at first blush, it appears a majority of the cash will land in private and public markets rather than...more

FINRA’s 2017 Regulatory & Exam Priorities

by Burr & Forman on

On January 4, new President and CEO Richard Cook issued FINRA’s Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter. This year’s list in summary is: New for 2017: Targeted electronic off-site reviews “on select...more

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The Fed’s anticipating faster growth in the coming year and rate increases to go with it. That and a whole lot of uncertainty about the incoming administration are the big takeaways from the Fed’s December meeting minutes....more

Trump’s New Trade Council and Advisor

by Cozen O'Connor on

President-elect Donald Trump announced the creation of a new White House National Trade Council and appointed economist Peter Navarro to head up this new council. Mr. Navarro is a professor at University of California, Irvine...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Locked In to One Approved Vendor

by Lewitt Hackman on

Franchisors often require franchisees to purchase supplies, materials, or inventory only from suppliers the franchisor approved. But where franchisors see benefits of consolidating by requiring franchisees to participate in...more

Key Takeaways from FERC Enforcement’s Energy Trading Compliance and Market Manipulation Law White Papers

As noted in our November 21, 2016, Client Alert, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) Enforcement staff published two white papers—one on energy trading compliance, the other on market manipulation...more

FERC energy trading compliance white paper

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Enforcement staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have released a white paper presenting their view of effective practices to ensure energy trading complies with prohibitions against market manipulation. The...more

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