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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and... more +
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and encourage capital formation. The Commission is headed by five presidentially-appointed Commissioners who oversee the Commission’s five divisions: Division of Corporation Finance, Division of Trading and Markets, Division of Enforcement, Division of Investment Management, and the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Information.  less -
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Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - July 2016

“Official Acts”—What They Are… and Are Not - Why it matters: On June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court decided McDonnell v. U.S., holding that, for purposes of the federal public corruption statutes, an “official act”...more

Enforcement Week III: Johnson Controls FCPA Enforcement Action – Part 2

I continue my review of the Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action today by focusing on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Declination to Prosecute. Yesterday, I considered the...more

Can a shareholder who is unable to rely on the HSR passive investor exemption still file a Schedule 13G? Maybe, says the SEC Staff...

On July 12, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced a record $11 million fine against an activist investment firm for improperly claiming an exemption from Hart-Scott-Rodino’s notification and waiting period provisions...more

Johnson Controls Pays $14 Million for China FCPA Violations: DOJ Declines Prosecution

At first glance, the SEC’s recent enforcement action against Johnson Controls for $14 million for FCPA violations in China, along with a Justice Department declination under its new Pilot Program, appears to be a “routine”...more

Enforcement Week II: The Johnson Controls FCPA Enforcement Action – Part I

I continue my exploration of recent enforcement matters and issues by turning to the Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action, which was announced last week. Mike Volkov has called...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.18.16

William Ackman’s multi-year effort to expose Herbalife as a Ponzi scheme (and make good on his massive short of its stock) saw something of a moral victory last week, with the FTC imposing big-time sanctions ($200 million in...more

Record Setting Fine for Violation of HSR Reporting Requirements

On July 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division (Antitrust Division) announced that it reached a settlement with ValueAct, and its related companies (ValueAct), of alleged violations of the...more

Civil Fines Jump Across Agencies Under Inflation Adjustment Act

Civil fines across federal agencies have recently been increased dramatically under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) (Sec. 701 of Public Law 114-74), with some more than...more

Innovation in Compliance Week- Part IV: Innovation Through Continuous Improvement

What is the intersection of innovation in your compliance program and the requirements of an effective compliance program? I find the answer to be found in Hallmark 10 of the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program...more

Compliance, Cooperation Mitigates FCPA Liability with DOJ-SEC

Well designed compliance systems coupled with solid internal controls can be instrumental in preventing violations of the FCPA. Despite best of efforts, there is no doubt that even a well-constructed compliance system can be...more

Effective SEC Enforcement – Built on Fundamental Fairness

How effective is the SEC enforcement program at deterrence? With the adoption of the “broken windows” theory of enforcement the agency adopted a theory of market policing borrowed from the New York City police department. It...more

Disclosing bribery conduct not an easy decision for US companies

While the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC's ) recent announcement of two non-prosecution agreements (NPAs) with Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Akamai) and Nortek, Inc. (Nortek) in matters involving books and records...more

"China and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act"

Recent U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) policies on corporate crime prosecutions, coupled with the Chinese government’s robust anti-corruption campaign, are proving challenging for U.S. corporations with business operations...more

Analogic FCPA Settlement – From Russia With(out) Love

BK Medical, a subsidiary of the Denmark company, Analogic settled an FCPA enforcement action last week with the Justice Department and the SEC for approximately $14 million. Analogic agreed to pay $3.4 million to the Justice...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for May 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Battle of the Somme Week – Part II: Lessons for the CCO from Analogic

Today, I want to focus on the planning phase of the Battle of the Somme, which led to the disastrous casualties sustained by the British. Although rarely mentioned, I think the accidental drowning death of Lord Kitchener,...more

Battle of the Somme Week – Part I: The Analogic FCPA Enforcement Action

I have not written much in honor of the centennial of the First World War (WWI). However this week I will to remedy this oversight by focusing on the Battle of the Somme, leading up to the first day of the long battle, which...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Merrill Lynch was at the center of actions brought by the SEC and FINRA this week. One action charged the firm with violations of the customer protection rule tied to using customer cash and failing to protect their...more

DOJ - SEC Resolve FCPA Actions – Consider Cooperation

A Massachusetts based medical imaging company resolved FCPA charges with the DOJ and the SEC stemming from actions taken by its Danish subsidiary and its CFO. The actions center on about 180 suspicious transactions in Russia...more

Compliance Training – Part II: Risk Ranking and Design

Yesterday I began what I thought would be a two-part series on compliance training.However, or perhaps more accurately, as usual, I got carried away so I am now off on a multi-part series on how to design, implement and...more

Compliance Training, Part I

In a recent Slate article, entitled “Ethics Trainings Are Even Dumber Than You Think”, author L.V. Anderson railed against what she termed box-checking training where companies put on training not to actually train employees...more

Goldman Trial in London – See Any FCPA Issues?

It has been known for some time that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have been investigating investment banks over their dealings with the Libyan sovereign wealth fund, known as...more

Deferred Prosecution and Corporate Criminal Prosecution: A Comparative Analysis

Abstract Deferred prosecutions are frequently used in the U.S. as an alternative to prosecution in cases of corporate crime. In England, the Crime and Courts Act of 2013 adopted the deferred prosecution approach to...more

Akamai and Nortek – DOJ Touts Declinations Under FCPA Pilot Program

DOJ’s FCPA Unit knows what they are doing. In the immediate weeks after the release of the FCPA Pilot Program, DOJ publicly released two declination letters for Akamai Technologies and Nortek, Inc. and the SEC announced...more

How to garner a NPA and Declination: Akamai and Nortek – Part III

Today I conclude my three-part series on the Nortek, Inc. (Nortek) and Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Akamai) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions. These enforcement actions resulted in excellent results for...more

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