Securities & Exchange Commission Fraud

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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"SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Adviser as an Unregistered Broker"

On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") accepted a settlement offer from a registered investment adviser of private equity funds, and its founder, principal and managing member. The settlement...more

SEC Brings First Action under Dodd-Frank Municipal Advisor Antifraud Rules

Two California-based municipal advisory firms and their executives have agreed to settle SEC charges that they used deceptive practices when soliciting the business of five California school districts....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The elements of an insider trading claim continued to be a key focus this week. The first circuit, following prior circuit precedent, held that a personal benefit based on a long term friendship and a steak dinner was...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part IV

This week I have been exploring the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) with Joe Howell, an Executive Vice President (EVP) with Workiva Inc. We have considered how some of the issues addressed by the PCAOB directly...more

Be Careful What You Say – Or Rather What You Don’t Say – AVEO Pays $4 Million to SEC to Settle Fraud Charges

In March 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical company, agreed, without admitting or denying the allegations, to pay $4 million to...more

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

Criminal Action is Brought Against Municipal Officials for Fraudulent Bond Disclosure

In what is believed to be the first action of its kind, on April 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice brought a criminal action against municipal officials based on disclosure claims in connection with municipal bond...more

Recent SEC Enforcement Actions and Public Commentary Demonstrate the Commission’s Continued Focus on Internal Control Failures

We have previously written about how, over the past few years, the SEC and other regulatory agencies have devoted substantial resources to investigations regarding allegations that public companies have inadequate internal...more

Recent SEC Enforcement Actions and Public Commentary Demonstrate the Commission’s Continued Focus on Internal Control Failures

We have previously written about how, over the past few years, the SEC and other regulatory agencies have devoted substantial resources to investigations regarding allegations that public companies have inadequate internal...more

DOJ Seeks to Boost Voluntary Disclosures Through FCPA Pilot Program

In a move that follows long-standing complaints from the corporate community and the FCPA defense bar concerning the government’s vague assurances of “cooperation credit” in FCPA resolutions for self-reporting companies, on...more

SEC Charges Adviser, Principals With Financial Fraud

A complex structure, attractive interest rates, a history of payments to investors and omissions about the opaque finances of the group of firms aided promoters in raising over $350 million from investors as the business...more

2015 Year in Review: Select SEC and FINRA Developments and Enforcement Cases

The SEC brought a record number of cases in 2015, many of which the Commission touted as “high impact” and “first-of-their-kind,” and FINRA increased its enforcement total, tripling the amount of restitution to be paid to...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

At SEC Speaks Chair White noted that the SEC is more than a disclosure agency. In areas like exchange regulation financial standards and investment advisers the Commission engages in substantive regulation, suggesting perhaps...more

SEC Files Financial Fraud and Unregistered Securities Actions

The Commission filed two administrative proceedings this week. One centers on false entries made in the books and records of a broker dealer. It will be set for hearing. In the Matter of Jason Maiher, Adm. Proc. File No....more

SEC Issues Investor Alert on Crowdfunding

With the May 2016 effective date of the new crowdfunding rules approaching, the SEC is attempting to help prepare the market. On February 16, 2016, the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy issued an investor...more

Effort to Meet Earnings Target Yields SEC – DOJ Fraud Charges

The Commission has been tried to make accounting and financial fraud issues a key focus at least since the creation of the financial fraud task force two years ago. Last week the agency brought an action against Monsanto...more

More FCPA Grief Involving Gifts, Travel & Entertainment: PTC in China – Part II

Yesterday I began a (now) three-part series on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions involving PTC Inc. (PTC), Parametric Technology (Shanghai) Software Co. Ltd. and Parametric Technology (Hong Kong)...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed a series of actions this week which included: three cases based on insider trading; an accounting action against a company and its employees; an audit failure; the unregistered sale of securities; and the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - FDIC Rule Amends Filing Requirements and Processing Procedures for Changes in Control - On Dec. 16 the FDIC announced the adoption of a final rule amending the FDIC's filing requirements...more

Cooperation: SEC Misses An Opportunity to Define What Is Expected, What is Gained

The SEC regularly touts the benefits of cooperation, encouraging companies and individuals to self-report and cooperate with its investigations. Since cooperation is typically tied to the facts and circumstances of the case,...more

Mining For Virtual Currencies – The SEC Charges Fraud

Virtual currencies such as bitcoin have grown in popularity. With that popularity it may well have been inevitable that the SEC would bring enforcement actions centered on the new phenomenon, alleging fraud. A new variation...more

SEC Says there are (Almost) No Excuses for Late Whistleblowers

The SEC announced a whistleblower award totaling more than $325,000 for a former investment firm employee who tipped the agency with specific information that enabled enforcement staff to open an investigation and uncover the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC’s apparent preference for administrative proceedings as a venue for its enforcement actions continues to draw criticism. H.R. 3798 is now pending in the House of Representatives. The bill is tilted the “Due Process...more

“Building a Dynamic Framework for Offering Reform”

At today’s PLI Securities Regulation Institute conference, SEC Chair White delivered the keynote address. In her speech, Chair White addressed a broad range of topics. She noted the successes of securities offering reform as...more

Update from Wilson Elser’s D&O Insurance Digest

Litigation Developments and Mega Settlements - Dole Food, Inc. Derivative Action – Delaware Chancery Court Finds D&Os Engaged in Fraud - Dole Food, Inc. shareholders sued Dole Chairman and CEO David Murdock and Dole...more

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