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A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Remember to Update Your Risk Disclosure on an Ongoing Basis - The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued guidance reminding mutual funds, exchange traded funds, and other...more

Thirteen Observations About the SEC’s Enforcement Program

Over the last two months, the SEC issued two reports that provide useful perspectives on its enforcement program. In February, it issued the combined 136-page “FY 2017 Congressional Justification & FY 2015 Annual Performance...more

SEC Imposes Penalties on Company and Officers for Inadequate Staffing in Accounting Department

Highlights - The SEC settled charges against Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation and two of its officers for deficient oversight of the company’s internal controls over financial reporting, resulting in fines of...more

"SEC Announces Enforcement Results for Fiscal Year 2015"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently announced its enforcement results for fiscal year 2015. The release touted high-impact and first-of their-kind actions, as well as an increase in the number and...more

Our Modern Markets: SEC Enforcement Focuses On Market Structure In Response To Rapidly-Changing Equity Markets

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, gave a speech at the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar in which he sought to address what he views as the...more

Recent MCDC Settlements Provide Guidance Concerning Scope of Materiality in Continuing Disclosure Obligations

In responding to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) initiative, the unanswered question for many municipalities and broker-dealers was determining whether...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - SEC to Vote on Final Title III Crowdfunding Rules Oct. 30: The SEC has announced that it will vote on whether to adopt rules and forms related to the offer and sale of securities through...more

Second Wave of MCDC Hits Underwriters ….No Smooth Sailing Ahead!

On September 30 the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced another round of enforcement actions against 22 municipal underwriting firms for disclosure violations in connection with municipal bond offerings. The...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - October 2015

"Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" Part III - Why it matters: It is time for another installment in our continuing "Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" coverage into the ongoing constitutional challenges to the SEC's...more

SEC Sanctions Broker-Dealer and Affiliated Asset Manager for Breaching Information Barriers for Exchange-Traded Products

On October 8, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged an investment adviser and a broker dealer for failing to maintain and enforce polices to prevent misuse of material non-public information. Without admitting...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC prevailed on two summary judgment motions. One centered on a manipulation action. The other was against an attorney who facilitated a prime bank fraud. The Commission also filed: An action against UBS tied to its...more

SEC Penalizes Investment Adviser over Inadequate Cyber-Risk Program Prior to Data Breach

On September 22, the SEC ordered a Missouri-based investment adviser to pay a $75,000 penalty, settling allegations that the investment adviser failed to implement required written cybersecurity policies and procedures prior...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Form PF — What Purpose? SEC registered investment advisers with at least $150 million of assets under management in private funds are required to periodically file Form PF with the SEC. The...more

SEC Steps Up Scrutiny On Private Fund Fee Allocation Practices

In two recent cases, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) has made clear that it has increased its focus on private funds and their allocation of fees and expenses. In the most recent, the SEC entered an order on...more

U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation Seeking to Increase SEC Penalty Amounts

On July 9, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced Senate bill 1730, the Stronger Enforcement of Civil Penalties Act of 2015 (SECPA), aimed at increasing the SEC’s ability to combat securities’...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

SEC Halts “Smart Contract” Exchange Built on Silicon Valley Start-Ups

Two entrepreneurs wanted to create a business that centered on valuing private start-up companies. They experimented with models that began with a variation of “fantasy sports,” changed to a contest and became a game. It...more

Another SEC Insider Trading Case: Does it Comply With Newman?

The SEC continues to bolster its allegations regarding the relationships between tipper and tippee in insider trading cases as well as the knowledge of the tippee. Whether those allegations will be sufficient to meet the...more

Another SEC FCPA Action Tied to Hospitality

Hospitality and effective compliance procedures are often critical issues when dealing with government officials. Those two issues came into sharp focus in the SEC’s latest FCPA case. In the Matter of BHP Billiton Ltd., Adm....more

Bribery Settlements in 2014: A Record-Setting Year

Corporations facing bribery charges under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) will pay significantly higher fines to resolve their cases, at least if recent settlements are a reliable guide. Last year, FCPA...more

Employer’s confidentiality agreement triggers SEC action and penalty - review and revise agreements now

Consistent with its prior announcements that it will protect and encourage whistleblowers, the SEC recently announced its “first enforcement action” against a company for using allegedly restrictive language in an agreement...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC settled another action this week based on admissions of fact and that the Federal securities laws were filed, this time involving Oppenheimer. The action was based on the fact that the firm permitted an off-shore and...more

The High Cost of Whistleblowing

In a number of recent posts, we have highlighted the SEC’s whistleblower program, which offers awards of 10%-30% of the money collected where a whistleblower provides high-quality, original information that results in an SEC...more

Commissioner’s Concerns About Civil Penalties Temper SEC’s Release of FY14 Enforcement Results

On October 16, the SEC publicized its preliminary enforcement results for fiscal year 2014. In what it described as a “successful enforcement year,” the Commission brought a record 755 actions and obtained $4.16 billion in...more

SEC Settlement: The FCPA Risks of Entering New Markets

Entering into new, international markets may be good for developing business, but it also carries certain risks. This is particularly true in many countries where doing business may include making gifts, paying gratuities and...more

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