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SEC Complaint: How To Create A Manipulation Vehicle

Microcap fraud has long been a focus of SEC enforcement. Many of the cases start with a public shell followed by a reverse merger in which the promoters end up with large portions of the stock. The transaction culminated with...more

Update on The Panama Papers

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) announced that on May 9, it will release selected data purported to be leaked or stolen from the internal records of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.21.16

Dealbook’s White Collar Watch gives us a legal take on the many challenges, regulatory and otherwise, facing Elizabeth Holmes’ Theranos – NYTimes... The international financial scandal du jour (the Panama Papers) is...more

The Panama Papers: Taking a New Look at an Old Problem

On April 3, 2016, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (“ICIJ”) published more than 11.5 million documents connected to Mossack Fonseca, a Panama law firm that helped establish offshore financial...more

Panama Papers: Looking Below the Headlines

The media loves a scandal. In the banking and compliance world, the latest scandal to hit the media was the Panama Papers. The Panama Papers is surprising in scope – Panama has become the favorite financial haven for money...more

Energy SPACs

In the first quarter of 2016, two energy-focused, special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) made their Nasdaq market debuts, including 2016’s largest U.S. initial public offering (IPO) to date. On February 29,...more

Are Your Company’s Legal, Due-Diligence, De-risking, or Compliance Obligations Impacted by the “Panama Papers”?

In an unprecedented event earlier this week, 11.5 million files from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were allegedly leaked. Assuming they are genuine, as appears to be the case, these “Panama Papers” offer a...more

The Panama Papers: Implications for Financial Crimes Compliance Professionals

A group of international news outlets published a series of articles this week regarding the so-called “Panama Papers;” 11.5 million documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm specializing in creating offshore companies....more

The “Panama Papers” and the Secret World of Shell Corporations - Reducing Liability Exposure and Seeking Insurance Coverage

A leak of 11.5 million documents from a law firm in Panama may implicate politicians, criminals, and celebrities in sheltering of fortunes in offshore tax havens through the use of shell companies. Called the “Panama Papers,”...more

CRA Provides Update on Efforts to Combat Tax Evasion

Following the release of the “Panama Papers” and the Canadian federal government’s budget announcement that additional resources will be directed to the CRA to collect existing tax debts and combat tax evasion, the CRA has...more

New Regulations Issued to Expand the Reach of Anti-Inversion Rules

Code Section 7874 seeks to remove the U.S. tax benefits that can apply by inserting a non-U.S. holding company into the ownership structure of businesses formerly conducted through a U.S. holding company. This is a big...more

The Panama Papers: addressing the consequences

Approximately 11.5 million internal documents were leaked to media organizations around the world that reveal the operations of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. ...more

FinCrimes Update - March 2016 Summary, Volume 4, Issue 3

BREAKING NEWS: PANAMA PAPERS: IMPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL CRIMES COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONALS - A group of international news outlets published a series of articles this week regarding the so-called “Panama Papers;” 11.5...more

Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca faces leak of 11 million documents exposing thousands of clients

In late 2014, an anonymous source secretly leaked to a German newspaper reporter nearly four decades of confidential and proprietary data about shell companies registered by the multinational Panamian based law firm Mossack...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.7.16

The DOJ has moved to block the proposed Halliburton/Baker Hughes merger in a Delaware-based federal lawsuit that argues that “combining the two oil field services companies would cut competition in the industry to...more

Who Are The Likely Targets of the Offshore Law Firm Date Leak?

The reports of a massive leak of confidential client information from files of the Mossack Fonseca & Co., law firm could have far ranging effects from intelligence, law enforcement and commercial perspectives. The...more

SEC-USAO Charge Former Fund Principal With Fraud

A former managing principal of Blackstone Group, and a partner at Park Hill Group which raises capital for private equity, was charged by the SEC and Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office with fraud. The charges are based on...more

Leader of International Pump-and-Dump Sentenced to 216 Months

The man who orchestrated a large international microcap market manipulation involving at least 34 persons was sentenced to serve 216 months in prison after pleading guilty. Harold Gallison, pleaded guilty to two counts of...more

Disclose of Cash Real Estate Purchases

The purchase of real estate without bank financing presents an opportunity for those with unclean funds to launder those funds and make them appear legitimate, at least in the opinion of the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

FinCEN Geographic Targeting Order Affects Miami-Dade County Residential Purchases Exceeding $1 Million

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on Jan. 13, 2016, issued a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO or the Order) requiring title insurance companies, subsidiaries and agents (each a...more

Bulletin: SAG-AFTRA Issues Member Alert to Organize Droga5

SAG-AFTRA’s pledge to increase efforts in enforcing the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract and the Radio Recorded Commercials Contract was on full display with its latest Member Alert to organize Droga5, a non-signatory ad...more

FinCEN Issues Final Rule Imposing Special Measure Five Against FBME Bank Ltd.

On July 23, FinCEN issued a final rule pursuant to Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act to impose “special measure five” against FBME Bank Ltd. (“FBME”), formerly known as the Federal Bank of the Middle East. Special measure...more

Federal Court Holds Neither Janus, Nor Statute of Limitations Shields Alleged “Pump-And-Dump” Fraudsters From Civil Liability in...

In another example of the limits to which defendants may successfully rely on the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivative Traders, 131 S. Ct. 2296 (2011), earlier this summer, District Judge...more

DOJ Sentences Real Estate Developers to Prison for Involvement in Alleged Mortgage Fraud Scheme

On July 8, the DOJ announced the prison sentences of three real estate developers for their roles in an alleged mortgage fraud scheme that resulted in over $27 million dollars in losses. Convicted in November 2014 of wire...more

SEC Files Microcap Fraud Action Charging Thirty-Four Defendants

Microcap fraud has been a priority for SEC Enforcement at least since the creation of the Microcap Fraud Task Force two years ago. The cases typically focus on market manipulation claims of shell companies and pump-and–dump...more

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