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This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed in three litigated decisions. The agency secured a favorable jury verdict in an action centered on an offering fraud. In two other cases — one based on misrepresentations regarding the only company...more

All Whistleblowers, listen up! Seven figure chump change or eight-figure bonanza, what will it be?

All Whistleblowers, listen up! Seven figure chump change or eight-figure bonanza, what will it be? Several events happened in the last few months to inspire conversation about whistleblowers. First, on July 30, 2014,...more

Reminder to NYSE and NASDAQ Companies to Comply with Dodd-Frank Act Compensation Committee Requirements and Certify Compliance

Public companies with securities listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market or the New York Stock Exchange should take note of the approaching deadline for complying with the final portions of the new compensation committee...more

Government's Message to Corporate America — "We Want Your Whistleblowers!"

On September 22, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Office of the Whistleblower announced that it had issued a $30 million bounty payment to a foreign whistleblower. This award is more than double the...more

Accredited Investor Definition Update

The SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee recommended on Thursday that the definition of “accredited investor” in Rule 501(a) under the Securities Act undergo some significant changes. The Committee was established pursuant to...more

SEC Receives Recommendations on Changes to Accredited Investor Definition

On October 9, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or “Commission”) held a meeting of its Investor Advisory Committee (the “AC”) to discuss recommendations from the AC subcommittees, including...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- September 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on the push by the Federal Reserve for the creation of a Libor alternative; additional updates on high-frequency trading lawsuits; settlements of residential mortgage backed...more

It’s Going to be Harder to Sell Unregistered Securities

The SEC has issued a Risk Alert and FAQs to remind broker-dealers of their obligations when they sell unregistered securities on behalf of clients. This occurs when founders and employees sell their initial stakes in...more

Should IT professionals be whistleblowers?

Well of course they should... stakes have never been higher - Anybody can be a whistleblower. But the most infamous today are technology professionals, making their debut in the headlines for exposing government...more

Practical Implications of the JOBS Act Changes to Private Placements: Rule 506(c), Crowdfunding, and Reg A+

Two key features of the JOBS Act – general solicitation in Rule 506 offerings, and the increased thresholds at which an issuer will be required to register a class of securities under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the...more

High-Speed Trader Indicted for ‘Spoofing’

A federal grand jury in Chicago recently indicted high-frequency trader Michael J. Coscia for “spoofing,” making it the first criminal case ever brought under the Dodd-Frank Act’s rules against disruptive trading practices....more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 19 • October 2014 (Global)

News from the Americas - Securities enforcement by state regulators. The US North American Securities Administrators Association published its annual enforcement survey. It noted a significant increase in the amount of...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

On July 31, 2014, the SEC awarded $400,000 to a whistleblower who had reported internally before providing information to the SEC. The award was unique because the SEC’s Claims Review Staff had denied the whistleblower’s...more

SEC Whistleblower Program Achieves Critical Mass with $30 Million Payout and Award to Compliance/Internal Audit Professional

Two recent Dodd-Frank whistleblower awards suggest that the program is becoming the kind of “game changer” for law enforcement that many had predicted. The program, which took effect in August 2011, mandates the payment of...more

With record-breaking Dodd-Frank award, SEC invites the world to blow the whistle

The SEC has announced its largest-ever Dodd-Frank whistleblower award: between $30 and $35 million. While the amount of the award is eye-popping on its own, the Commission’s order awarding the whistleblower’s claim – the...more

SEC Says Use IP Addresses to Control Intrastate Offerings

In a new CDI, the SEC indicates it may be possible to use IP addresses to control internet communications so that offers are made only in one state and qualify for the intrastate exemption under Rule 147. In Securities Act...more

A Whistleblower First

For the first time the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) made an award ($300,000) to a whistleblower performing a compliance and audit function within a public company after the company failed to take action on the...more

Second Circuit To Decide Retroactivity of Dodd-Frank Bounty Provision

As discussed in a Law360 article by Ed Beeson, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals will decide in Stryker v. SEC, No. 13-cv-4404, whether the SEC needs to pay Dodd-Frank whistleblower bounties to tipsters who provided...more

SEC Announces Highest Whistleblower Award to Date

The SEC recently announced a record-breaking whistleblower award of $30-35 million, which shattered the previous high award of $14 million. See SEC Awards More Than $14 Million to Whistleblower. Not only is this award...more

The SEC Goes Global - With 30 Million Reasons For Whistleblowers To Report Violations As Soon As Possible

On Monday, September 22, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an award to an anonymous foreign whistleblower of an estimated $30 million-plus payment that more than doubles the largest previous amount....more

Securities and Governance Update

Each year, thousands of businesses and investment funds raise billions of dollars in capital through unregistered offerings under Rule 506—the most widely used exemption under Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933, as...more

SEC Takes Action for Retaliation Against Whistleblower

The SEC has brought its first enforcement action for alleged retaliation against a whistleblower under the SEC’s Dodd-Frank whistleblower rules. The case demonstrates the Hobson’s choice companies face when they become aware...more

Regulators Re-Propose Minimum Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

U.S. Federal banking regulators (the “Prudential Regulators”) recently re-proposed rules providing for minimum margin requirements for uncleared swaps and security-based swaps executed by swap dealers, security-based swap...more

SEC Announces $30 Million Whistleblower Award to Non-U.S. Resident

On Monday, September 22, 2014, the SEC announced that it expected to award between $30 and $35 million to a non-U.S. whistleblower who provided the SEC with information about “an ongoing fraud that would have been very...more

Angels in Limbo: Congress and SEC Consider Regulatory Changes with Potential for Profound Effects on Start-Up Investments

Three events occurred during 2013 that have the potential to significantly affect angel investment around the country: (1) the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) lifted the prohibition on general solicitation for...more

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