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SEC Continues Crack Down on Short Sale Rule Violations: Settles $7.3 Million Case Against Worldwide Capital

In the largest Rule 105 (Short Sale Rule) enforcement case to date, the SEC reached a $7.3 million settlement against Worldwide Capital and its principal last Wednesday, March 5. The SEC's message has been consistent since...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending February 7, 2014)

Matthew Martoma was convicted of insider trading by a Manhattan jury. That jury found him guilty of one count of conspiracy and two counts of securities fraud. The convictions continues the unbroken string of victories in...more

SEC Sanctions University Professors For Naked Short Scheme

Two university professors settled fraud charges brought in an SEC administrative proceeding centered on a naked short selling scheme. The scheme yielded profits of over $400,000. In the Matter of Gonul Colak, Adm. Proc. File...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (The week ending January 10, 2014)

The insider trading trial of former SAC Capital official Matthew Martoma opened this week in Manhattan with jury selection. The SEC announced the resignation of George Canellos, Co-director of the Division of Enforcement....more

Freddie Mac Updates Short Sale, Deed-In-Lieu Of Foreclosure Requirements

On November 25, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-24, which revises numerous short sale and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure (DIL) requirements. The bulletin updates, among other things, eligibility requirements for exceptions to...more

FHFA OIG Recommends Changes To Fannie Mae Short Sale Oversight

On November 20, the FHFA Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report critical of Fannie Mae’s oversight of its short sale process and the servicers who participate in that process. The OIG determined—based on a review...more

2013 Reform of Short Selling Regulations in Japan

On November 5, 2013, the amendments to the laws and regulations related to the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law of Japan (the “FIEL”) went into effect, in which regulations concerning short selling in the Japanese...more

The Demise of Deficiency Judgments in Residential Loans

Among the many changes in the financial services industry, two important events occurred this year that effectively signaled the extinction of deficiency judgments in loans secured by residential property. ...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus - October 2013

In this issue: - ASIAN DEVELOPMENTS - HKEx publishes Amended Listing Rules to Complement the New IPO Sponsor Regime - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law...more

SEC: Zero Tolerance for Short Selling Violations

On September 17, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced enforcement actions against 23 firms for violations of Rule 105 of Regulation M. Rule 105 prohibits the purchase of securities in a follow-on...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, October 2013

In this issue: - EU Developments - Opinion on ESMA’s Powers under the Short Selling Regulation - ESMA Publishes Third Country Advice on Equivalence - ESMA Consults on the Clearing...more

Recent SEC Enforcement Actions Put Spotlight On Prohibited Short Selling

Recent SEC enforcement actions demonstrate the SEC’s increased focus on violations of Rule 105 of Regulation M. On September 17, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) announced enforcement actions...more

Business News Digest – October 2013

In this issue: - NIST Holds Fourth Workshop on Cybersecurity Framework - NIST Releases Draft Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework in Advance of Dallas Workshop - SEC Issues Risk Alert on Short...more

Recent SEC Enforcement Actions Suggest Continued Attention to Rule 105 of Regulation M

On September 16, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) charged over 20 firms with violations of Rule 105 of Regulation M of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Rule 105” or “the Rule”), which prohibits the...more

SEC "Zero Tolerance" Nets Nearly Two Dozen Firms for Alleged Violations of Short Sale Rule

Hedge fund and other private investment fund managers, both domestic and foreign, those registered or not, beware. SEC Chairman Mary Jo White's crackdown on securities violations continued last Tuesday with the announcement...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Short Selling in Connection with a Public Offering

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has issued a Risk Alert regarding Rule 105 of Regulation M’s (Rule 105) restrictions on short selling in connection with a...more

Don’t Short Before The Deal, SEC Reminds Hedge Funds And Buyside Firms

On September 17, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 23 investment firms for violations of Rule 105 of SEC Regulation M. Rule 105 generally prohibits short selling...more

How To Trap a Tiger – Regulators’ Nets Tighten Around Tiger Asia on Both Sides of the Pacific

Government securities enforcement agencies in Hong Kong and the United States have been pursuing Tiger Asia Management and its affiliates for four years with claims of insider trading and market manipulation on the Hong Kong...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Options Trading Used to Evade Short-Sale Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has issued a Risk Alert regarding options trading that may circumvent Regulation SHO. Regulation SHO tightened requirements for...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - August 16, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Issues Risk Alert on Options Trading Used to Evade Short-Sale Requirements - SEC Order Temporarily Exempting Certain Broker Dealers and Certain Transactions from the Recordkeeping and...more

California Appeals Court Holds Foreclosure Deficiency Judgment Protections Apply To Short Sales

On July 23, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, held in a case of first impression that a section of California law that prohibits a deficiency judgment following a foreclosure on a purchase money loan...more

An Overview of the Receivership Process in Tennessee

Lenders have a number of options when faced with a borrower in default. In Tennessee, one option to seriously consider is seeking appointment of a receiver. A receiver will step into the role of the borrower or management...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - July 2013

In this edition: EU DEVELOPMENTS - - Third Country Equivalence Advice Under EMIR - Reporting Start Date Under EMIR - Updated Q&As on EMIR - European Commission Request for ESMA Technical...more

Fannie Mae Updates Short Sale Requirements, Issues Servicing Clarifications And Reminders

On June 19, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2013-13, which describes policy changes related to its standard short sale requirements, including (i) the multiple listing service requirements, (ii) credit...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - June 21, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - Excerpt from Federal...more

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