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SEC Brings Two Financial Fraud Actions

Financial fraud has long been a staple of SEC enforcement. In the wake of the market crisis the agency has attempted to once again focus on the area creating, for example, a financial fraud task force two years ago. Last...more

SEC Prevails At Trial Over Former Professional Athlete

Sometimes is does not pay to be the last man standing – particularly in a Commission enforcement action. Such was the fate of former NFL player and Olympic athlete Willie Gault. SEC v. Heart Tronics, Inc., Case No....more

Internal Controls Enforcement: Hoisting Yourself on Your Own Petard

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet included this often used  phrase – hoist with his own petard (a small bomb). Shakespeare never knew that his eloquence would apply to today’s SEC enforcement of internal controls. The FCPA...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

SEC Awards Bounty to Whistleblower, But Offsets Award for a Judgment Against the Whistleblower - The extent to which the SEC would reward whistleblowers, who themselves engaged in wrongdoing, has been the subject of...more

Director and Executive Compensation Remains a Hot Topic for 2016

A series of recent Delaware Chancery Court and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) decisions—coupled with anticipated SEC action to finalize the three remaining Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

Top 10 Financial Institution Considerations for 2016: #2 – Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering and OFAC Compliance

In our initial article announcing our top 10 considerations for financial institutions in 2016, our second consideration was Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) and OFAC compliance in 2016. Compliance with the...more

The Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Non-Retaliation Act of 2016

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) recently introduced the Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Non-Retaliation Act of 2016 (“WARN Act”), which aims to bolster whistleblower protections under both...more

Five Employment Law Compliance Topics of Interest to Financial Services Industry Employers

Employers in the financial services industry are faced with an escalating number of employment law compliance challenges, but the news is not all bad. For example, although pleading standards for Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”)...more

SEC Brings $11,000 SOX Clawback Action

The SEC alleges that Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. misstated its revenue. The SEC recently brought a settled enforcement action against its former CFO. The SEC alleges the CFO received bonuses during the 12-month periods...more

Enforcement Heats Up at the SEC

Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, gave the keynote address at last week’s Directors Forum 2016 in San Diego. In his speech, Mr. Ceresney made several points worth highlighting. First of all,...more

JOBS Act Quick Start – A Brief Overview of the JOBS Act, 2016 Update

Many market participants were taken by surprise by the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The JOBS Act, HR 3606, was passed by the United States House of Representatives on March 8, 2012. On March...more

The SEC And Financial Fraud

Financial fraud was a staple of SEC enforcement for years. Complex financial fraud cases in which the “books were cooked” to make earnings guidance, increase bonuses or for other reasons were the daily grist of SEC...more

"Auditors Must Beware the Consequences of Settling SEC Enforcement Actions"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched “Operation Broken Gate” in October 2013 to hold accountable those auditors who have intentionally or negligently violated professional auditing or accounting standards....more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

Several important matters related to whistleblower actions occurred toward the close of 2015, including the first instance of a director being held individually liable for retaliation, a dismissal of the Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy...more

Court Tosses Dodd-Frank Retaliation Claim – No Proof of Whistleblowing or Retaliation

In Yang v. Navigators Group, Inc., the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment for the defendant on a dual pronged complaint claiming unlawful retaliation under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. ...more

Circuits Split on Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection

The so-called “whistleblower-protection” provision of the Dodd-Frank Act created a private right of action for a “whistleblower” who is subjected to retaliation by his or her employer. The statute elsewhere defines...more

Tennessee District Court Limits Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim

The Eastern District of Tennessee recently dismissed whistleblower claims, finding that the Plaintiff was not entitled to protection under Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, or the False Claims Act (“FCA”). Verble v. Morgan Stanley...more

Treasury Department Issues Cybersecurity Checklist for Financial Institutions: What Might Apply to Your Financial Services...

On November 17, 2015, Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin devoted her remarks at the Clearing House Annual Conference to financial sector cybersecurity. She concluded with a list of recommendations for handling...more

US IPO Guide - 2015 Edition

This is our initial public offering guide. It will help you decide whether an IPO is the right move for your company and, if so, help you make sure your IPO goes off as quickly and as smoothly as possible, without any...more

Whistleblower Standing Split in Circuits & TN Federal Courts

There’s a developing circuit split over whistleblower standing for retaliation claims. A decision this week extended that split to U.S. district courts within Tennessee, too. In Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC, No....more

Quick Guide to REIT IPOs - 2015

Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) are endlessly inventive. They were first developed in the 1960s as a means for ordinary retail investors to hold interests in real estate. The REIT market has waxed and waned over the...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Court Ruling Allows Whistleblower to Sue Board Members"

A recent ruling in California federal court (here) broadens legal protections for whistleblowers and expands who can be held liable in retaliation cases. In the case, Wadler v. Bio-Rad Labs., Inc., a federal judge ruled that...more

Dodd-Frank News: November 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

California Federal Court Expands Whistleblower Protections

What you need to know: Last week, the Northern District of California held in Wadler v. Bio-Rad Laboratories, a case of first impression, that members of a company’s Board of Directors can be held individually liable...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

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