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2017 Mid-Year Cross-Border Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Review

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Welcome to BakerHostetler’s 2017 Mid-Year Cross-Border Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Review. This edition delivers news, analysis and insights into key developments in the cross-border investigations...more

Equifax Data Breach: Preliminary Lessons for the Adoption and Implementation of Insider Trading Policies

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Insider trading allegations have surfaced at Equifax, a credit rating agency that last week announced a data breach that could potentially affect 143 million consumers in the United States, nearly half of the country’s...more

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases Worth Noting by Institutional Investors

The U.S. Supreme Court‘s 2017 term begins October 2nd and we will be tracking at least three cases relevant to institutional investors: •Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund •Digital Realty Trust v....more

A New and Important Development in Insider Trading Law

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In a case likely to have ongoing ramifications, the Second Circuit recently upheld the conviction of Matthew Martoma, a former portfolio manager for Stephen Cohen’s SAC Capital. In so doing, the court clarified, at least for...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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In the period beginning the week before the Labor Day holiday and the week following it, the Commission brought a series of actions which included three insider trading actions. One involved an attorney who used information...more

China Shuts Down ICO Market

For the past few months, issuers of token sales or “initial coin offerings” (ICOs) have known that they were, to some extent, sailing in unchartered waters. Those waters have just gotten a bit murkier with an announcement by...more

Duka Beats Fraud Charge in SEC Administrative Court

Barbara Duka was an employee of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. The SEC contended that Duka loosened S&P’s methodology for rating commercial mortgage-backed securities to help the company generate ratings business from...more

Trading in Opaque Markets: Fraud, Materiality and Compliance

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This is the final segment of an occasional series regarding a group of criminal and civil securities fraud actions involving trading in opaque markets and the lessons that can be drawn the prosecutions. ...more

New SEC Investor Alert Re: Initial Coin Offerings

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Today the SEC issued an Investor Alert warning investors about companies asserting they are engaging in an ICO, when in fact it is a scam. Specifically, “The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is warning...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

While the Journal considers the ever-growing list of headaches for Khosrowshahi, including a new federal bribery probe over potential Uber FCPA violations....more

Trading in Opaque Markets: Fraud, Materiality and Compliance

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This is the second segment of an occasional series regarding a group of criminal and civil securities fraud actions involving trading in opaque markets and the lessons that can be drawn them; the first segment is...more

Dentist, Claiming Tip Was a Rumor, Wins Insider Trading Case

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A jury found Jessie Roberts, a Louisiana dentist who claimed what the government called an illegal tip was just a rumor, not guilty of insider trading. U.S. v. Roberts, No. 15-ct-00020 (M.D. La. Filed Feb19, 2015). The case...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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Four criminal securities cases moved to or toward resolution over the past week. The jury in the Martin Shkreli trial returned a verdict of guilty on three counts and not guilty on five others at the end of last week....more

Trading in Opaque Markets: Fraud, Materiality and Compliance

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This is the first segment of an occasional series regarding a group of criminal and civil securities fraud actions involving trading in opaque markets and the lessons that can be drawn the prosecutions Introduction -...more

The “Pharma Bro” Trial—Who Really Won?

After a five-week trial, a jury of five men and seven women convicted notorious pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli of securities fraud on August 4, 2017. Shkreli had been charged with two counts of securities fraud,...more

Martin Shkreli Convicted on Three of Eight Counts of Securities Fraud

On Friday, August 4, 2017, a federal court jury in Brooklyn, New York, found Martin Shkreli, former CEO of biopharmaceutical company Retrophin, guilty on three of eight counts of securities fraud. The verdict followed five...more

USAO Moves To Dismiss Charges Related To London Whale

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The saga of the London Whale appears to be drawing to a close. The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office moved to dismiss charges against two former JP Morgan derivatives traders who were colleagues of Bruno Iksil, the London...more

Split Commission Can't Reverse Insider-Trading Dismissal

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Trader Joseph Ruggieri finally prevailed last week, when SEC Commissioners Stein and Piwowar split on whether Enforcement proved his four trades (in 2010-2011) were made on inside information....more

Chairman Clayton Sets New SEC Agenda

On Wednesday July 12, 2017, in his first public speech as Chairman of the SEC, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton laid out a set of eight priorities that will guide his SEC Chairmanship. He said his priorities are consistent with and...more

SEC and U.S. Attorney’s Office Bring Action Against Promoter of Bitcoin Store, Inc.

by Perkins Coie on

On June 30, 2017, the SEC and the U.S. Attorney brought parallel civil and criminal fraud charges against Renwick Haddow, the owner of an unregistered broker-dealer entity named InCrowd Equity Inc., and two corporate entities...more

The Marijuana Industry and the Securities Laws

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Part Three of a Three-Part Series - In the third and final part of this series on marijuana-related businesses (“MRBs”), we explore how the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”)...more

Bond Traders Beat Most Charges In RMBS Fraud Case

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, a Connecticut federal jury delivered a mostly defendant-friendly verdict in the criminal trial of three residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) traders charged with conspiracy, securities...more

Portfolio Manager Sentenced to Prison In Mismarking Scheme

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Mismarking or misquoting securities can defraud market participants and harm the markets. It seems to be a recurring theme in recent weeks. See, e.g., SEC v. Im, Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-03603 (S.D.N.Y. Filed May 15,...more

Kokesh v. SEC: Supreme Court Reins in SEC’s Powerful Disgorgement Remedy

This week, the Supreme Court in Kokesh v. SEC unanimously held that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) equitable disgorgement remedy is subject to a five-year statute of limitations because it is a “penalty”...more

Spinning Debt Into Profits Yields SEC Fraud Charges

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A miller claimed his daughter could spin straw into gold, according to the fable by the Brothers Grimm. And so she did – with a little help from a secret deal with Rumpelstiltskin. ...more

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