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FCPA Recidivists: Orthofix (Part II of II)

by Michael Volkov on

In its continuing quest to push the message of aggressive FCPA enforcement, the SEC resolved FCPA charges against Orthofix, a medical device company, for $6 million in penalties and disgorgement. In a related action, the SEC...more

Not Correctly Reporting Losses: An Internal Controls Failure

by Thomas Fox on

A recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) internal controls enforcement action drew my attention. It was not a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action but it certainly does have implications for a...more

SEC Brings Enforcement Action for Disclosure Failures During Merger Talks

The SEC announced that Allergan Inc. had agreed to admit securities law violations and pay a $15 million penalty for disclosure failures in the wake of a hostile takeover bid. The SEC’s order finds that Allergan failed...more

SEC Scores First Muni Issuer's Admission of Wrongdoing

by Burr & Forman on

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to pay a $400,000 penalty to settle SEC charges that it failed to adequately disclose project risks to investors purchasing $2.3 billion in...more

Badda Bing, Badda Boom!! — DOJ and SEC Make 2016 a Record Year for FCPA Enforcement (Part I of III)

by Michael Volkov on

We begin the New Year with a three-part series on the FCPA: (1) A review of FCPA enforcement in 2016; (2) Trends from 2016 FCPA enforcement; and (3) Predictions for FCPA enforcement in 2017....more

Complex Investment Product Training Materials Under Fire

by Carlton Fields on

In September 2016, the SEC imposed an approximately $15 million penalty and disgorgement (in total) against UBS Financial Services Inc. (UBS) as part of a settled action alleging that UBS failed to adequately train its...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – December 2016

by King & Spalding on

Major FCPA Enforcement Action - Including charges against the CEO and CFO for failing to prevent misconduct - In one of the largest FCPA settlements in history, hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC...more

Hedge Fund Seeks Absolution from the SEC Claiming the Potential Pay-to-Play Penalty Doesn’t Fit the Violation

by Dentons on

Pershing Square Capital Management has found itself in the unenviable position of having to seek absolution from the Securities and Exchange Commission for the consequences of an unintended $500 pay-to-play error by one of...more

JPMorgan Sons and Daughters FCPA Enforcement Action, Part III-St. Mark’s Revealed

by Thomas Fox on

This week I am exploring the JP Morgan Chase (JPM) and its subsidiary, JPMorgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited (JPM-APAC), (collectively ‘the company’) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action which...more

The IRS and Courts Weigh in on the Deductibility of Fines and Penalties - Tax Update, Volume 2016, Issue 3

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Taxpayers who make payments in conjunction with a forfeiture action should attempt to understand the characterization of a payment to see if the specific payment can avoid being treated as a fine or penalty. Originally...more

JPMorgan Sons and Daughters FCPA Enforcement Action: Part I – Venice and Fog

by Thomas Fox on

JP Morgan Chase (JPM) and its subsidiary, JPMorgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited (JPM-APAC) resolved its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matter last week, obtaining a Non-Prosecution Agreement (NPA) from the...more

New FINRA Capital Acquisition Broker Rules May Offer Limited Relief to Private Investment Fund Advisers

by Jackson Walker on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently approved a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proposal to adopt a new regime for the regulation of electing broker-dealer firms that meet the...more

SEC Seeks Record Penalty Against Former Miami Budget Director - $450,000 Penalty Sought After Former Official Found Guilty of...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

After a federal jury found the City of Miami's (City) former budget director guilty of defrauding investors in connection with a 2009 bond offering, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking a record...more

Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action – Part III

by Thomas Fox on

Today I continue my exploration of the recently announced Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action with the announcement of the...more

SEC FY 2016: A Record Year for Enforcement Cases Against Funds and Advisers

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 11, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it prosecuted a record number of enforcement cases against investment advisers and investment companies in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016....more

SEC Announces Record Number of Investment Adviser Cases for FY 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced its enforcement results for fiscal year 2016, reaching new highs in the number of actions filed and money ordered forfeited through disgorgement and penalties. The SEC...more

SEC Brings Second Whistleblower Retaliation Case

The SEC has brought its second case for retaliation against a whistleblower against International Game Technology. According to the SEC, the whistleblower, a director of an IGT division, started working at IGT in 2008 and...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2016 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Investment Company Institute Publishes FAQ on SEC No-Action Letter Regarding Auditor Independence. On September 23, the Investment Company Institute (ICI) published a memorandum (ICI Memo) responding to...more

House Financial Services Committee Votes To Repeal And Replace Dodd-Frank

by King & Spalding on

On September 13th, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act of 2016 to repeal and replace key parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law by a largely partisan vote of 30 to 26. Democrats declined to...more

Double-Check the Math: Advisers Should Not Provide Clients With Performance Data Created by Other Investment Managers Without...

In a series of enforcement actions this week, the SEC made it clear that investment advisers need to substantiate the performance records of investment management firms they recommend to their clients. In these cases,...more

SEC Penalizes Company For Severance Language Purportedly Impeding Complaints

On August 10, 2016, the SEC announced that BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (Company) is settling charges that it violated Rule 21F-17 by requiring outgoing employees to waive whistleblower bounty awards in connection with severance...more

Severance Agreements Violate SEC Whistleblower Provisions

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC has a robust whistleblower program which is considered an important adjunct to its enforcement efforts. To that end the Commission has participated in whistleblower cases as an amicus and brought actions regarding...more

The Scope Of SEC Defendants' Jury Trial Right: Part 3

by WilmerHale on

This is the third of four articles examining the scope of the Seventh Amendment jury trial right for civil defendants in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement actions. Our first article explained why the Seventh...more

SEC – Phoenix Settle Accounting Errors Action

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Financial reporting cases are a key focus of SEC enforcement. In some instances the actions result from fraudulent schemes such as those where executives falsify the numbers to obtain a bonus. In other instances the actions...more

SEC Requires Admissions To Settle Another Blue Sheet Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Blue sheets are an important tool for the SEC. Named for the fact that the form at one time was printed on blue paper, the information request requires the immediate production of key information regarding a securities...more

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