Securities Fraud Enforcement Actions

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A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - FINRA’s Proposed Pay-to-Play Rule Will Impact Investment Advisers - Late last year (December 24, 2015), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted a proposed rule to the U.S....more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - January 2016

The FCPA in 2016: DOJ and SEC Focus on International Cooperation and Investigation of Individuals - Why it matters: As we reported in our December 2015 newsletter, both SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney and DOJ...more

Health Care Enforcement in 2016: A Look Back on 2015 and Forecasting the Year Ahead

2015 was a year of transition for the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), with the installation of a new Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, and several other high-level officials. In January 2015, Andrew Weissmann...more

The Year in Review: 2015 FINRA Enforcement Actions

Over the past several years, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the self-regulatory organization responsible for regulating every brokerage firm and broker doing business with the U.S. public, brought...more

SEC Files Eight More Actions Tied to EB-5 Program

The EB-5 program was designed by Congress to stimulate job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. In return for an initial investment of $1 million in a new commercial enterprise that creates or preserves at...more

Deciphering the Regulators’ Statements: Fish & Richardson’s Outlook on Securities Regulation and Enforcement for Year-End 2015 and...

In a series of statements over the last several weeks, the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have sought to clarify the government’s current securities regulation objectives and to provide an...more

SEC – DOJ Charge Author of False Stock Tweets

“What could you arrest them for?” asked the Scottish tweeter who just made $97 total manipulating two stocks. “@dunragit are you serious? Did you read my post? It’s called securities fraud.” It would be difficult to find the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending November 6, 2015)

Conflicts and investment fund fraud cases were the focus this week. The SEC brought two actions in each category. In addition, a settled insider trading action was filed....more

SEC Brings Actions Against Ponzi Schemer, Client

Ponzi scheme cases have, of course, become a staple of SEC enforcement since the discovery of Madoff’s unprecedented scheme. While there seems to be a virtually endless number of these cases centered on the preverbal “to good...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

SEC – Broker From Grand Central Insider Trading Scheme Settle

The scheme was perfect. Broker Vladimir Eydelman of Oppenheimer & Co. would place the trades; law school graduate Steven Metro, a clerk at Simpson Thatcher, would misappropriate the inside information; mortgage broker Frank...more

Another SEC Offering Fraud Centered On Conflicts

Self-dealing and undisclosed conflicts are a central theme of many of the enforcement actions brought recently by the SEC. Those themes are the predicate for the Commission’s action which centers on an investment manager who...more

IA Admits Theft to Settle SEC Fraud Charges

The Commission filed another action in which admissions were required as part of the settlement. The action centeres on an investment adviser who misappropriated just under $2 million from his clients. As part of the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC prevailed on two summary judgment motions. One centered on a manipulation action. The other was against an attorney who facilitated a prime bank fraud. The Commission also filed: An action against UBS tied to its...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2015 Update

Despite a decline in enforcement actions by the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the first half of 2015 has continued to highlight the relevance and ever-evolving effects of the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

September 30th Madness dominated this week. The drive for stats was evident as the Commission stacked up cases like cord wood at a pace seldom seen. Twenty-two municipal bond actions were filed in one swoop; an insider...more

SEC Busts Overseas Social Media Fraud

A settled SEC enforcement action describes an alleged interesting social media fraud. Two defendants that reside in India were alleged to have been behind the fraud. According to the SEC the scheme was an online...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission responded to critics of its administrative proceedings this week, proposing changes to the Rules of Practice which govern them. If adopted the new rules would modify the time period within which the actions...more

Study Says SEC Inflates Enforcement Statistics

A recent study by Urska Velikonja, Emory University School of Law; University of Chicago – Law School, analyzes the enforcement statistics the SEC publishes. The abstract to the study reads as follows: “Every October, after...more

“You Know How to Whistle Don’t You?”—Whistleblowers Gain Even More Protection

The SEC recently issued guidance specifying that whistleblowers do not first have to take their concerns to the SEC in order to be covered by the SEC’s anti-retaliation rule. The guidance clarifies that those whistleblowers...more

Traders Who Allegedly Profited from Hacked News Releases Settle With SEC for $30 Million

On September 14, the SEC announced that it had reached a $30 million settlement with two defendants who allegedly profited from trading based on information hacked from newswire services. The settlement stems from an SEC...more

SEC Sanctions Senior Executives Of Failed Clearing Broker

On September 17, 2015, the SEC announced charges against several senior executives of Penson Financial Services Inc., once the second-largest clearing broker-dealer in the country, and its parent corporation, Penson...more

SEC Settles Microcap Fraud Scheme With Attorney, Two Audit Firms, Seven Auditors

Microcap fraud is a key part of the broken windows enforcement approach. One of the more significant actions brought in this regard is In the Matter of John Briner, Esq., Adm. Proc. File No. 3-16339 (Jan. 15, 2015). There the...more

SEC ALJ Dismisses Case: Inside-Info Trades, But No Tipper Benefit

An SEC administrative law judge (“ALJ”) found that former Wells Fargo trader Joseph Ruggieri traded on material nonpublic information tipped him by former analyst Greg Bolan, but dismissed the insider-trading charges against...more

SEC and DOJ Hacking Prosecutions Highlight SEC’s Increased Interest in Cybersecurity Risks

Companies are reminded of the need for strong internal controls. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently filed civil and criminal actions in the largest hacking and...more

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