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Employment Law Letter - Fall 2015

Workplace Speech Protections Refined by Connecticut Supreme Court. We don’t generally report on developments that will likely be of more interest to lawyers than clients, but a recent decision from our state’s Supreme...more

Upper Tribunal grants extension to refer

The Upper Tribunal has granted an application to extend the timeframe in which an applicant could refer their notice to the Tribunal. Whilst acknowledging that the case was borderline, the Tribunal granted the application due...more

What We Know About BitCoin, and What Is Still Unknown

In Part I, we gave an overview of Bitcoin and how it’s different from the digital “real currency” that is in widespread use today. In Part II, we’ll ask and answer the question – Is Bitcoin just a fad? Is it novel in...more

Bridging the Week - October 2015 #3

Three Individuals Fined and Banned From Trading on CME Group Exchanges for Market Conduct Violations - CME Group business conduct committees permanently banned three traders from trading on CME Group exchanges for market...more

UBS Settles Structured Note Case with SEC

The Commission brought its first case tied to inadequate disclosure regarding structured notes. The complex instruments, a debt security linked to a derivative tied to the performance of other products, are frequently...more

UBS Puerto Rico, Others Tied to SEC Fraud Action

When the bond market collapsed in Puerto Rico many clients at UBS Financial Services Incorporated of Puerto Rico had significant losses. Many had purchased shares of UBS PR closed-end funds or CEFs. UBSPR had been selling...more

OFAC Continues to Pursue Sizable Settlement Amounts for Violations of U.S. Sanctions

Swiss banking giant UBS agreed to a $1.7 million settlement with The U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on August 27, 2015 to resolve violations of U.S. sanctions. According to OFAC, the Swiss...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015 #5

Charles Schwab Fined US $2 Million by FINRA for Net Capital Deficiencies: Charles Schwab & Co. agreed to pay US $2 million to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to resolve allegations that it had net capital...more

FINRA Fines UBS for Muni-Interest Reporting Errors

The Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority fined a UBS unit $750,000 for mistakenly reporting customers’ municipal-bond-account interest was tax-exempt, when the firm’s handling of the trades made it taxable instead....more

“Unclean Hands” Prevent UBS and Birkenfeld from Recovering Damages from Olenicoff for Malicious Prosecution

On July 23, 2015, the Superior Court in Orange County, California, dismissed a lawsuit brought by UBS and joined by whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld against former UBS customer Igor Olenicoff. The suit alleged malicious...more

Banks’ Motion to Dismiss Commerzbank RMBS Fraud Claims Granted

On June 18, 2015, Justice Marcy Friedman of the New York Supreme Court dismissed RMBS fraud claims brought by Commerzbank AG London Branch (“Commerzbank”) against UBS, Nomura Holdings Inc., Barclays Bank PLC, Citigroup and...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Obama commits $4 billion to form clean energy investment clearinghouse: The Guardian - Jun 16: With $4 billion and a new government office, the White House has unveiled its latest clean energy...more

Credit Crunch Digest - May 2015

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on the nearly $6 billion Forex settlement between the big banks and various regulatory agencies; a judgment against RBS and Nomura in a mortgage-backed securities lawsuit brought...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of ERISA Stock Drop Claims

The Second Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of an ERISA stock drop class action because, like the district court, it held that Named Plaintiff Debra Taveras lacked constitutional standing to pursue her claims. Taveras...more

UBS and Capital Ventures Settle RMBS Dispute

On March 26, Capital Ventures International and several UBS affiliates filed a stipulation of dismissal after reaching a settlement disposing of all claims in the action. The terms of the settlement are undisclosed....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

UBS and Capital Ventures Settle RMBS Dispute - On March 26, Capital Ventures International and several UBS affiliates filed a stipulation of dismissal after reaching a settlement disposing of all claims in the action....more

SDNY Declines to Reconsider Denial of Plaintiffs’ Summary Judgment Motion in RMBS Putback Case

On February 25, 2015, Judge P. Kevin Castel of the S.D.N.Y. issued an opinion denying reconsideration of a January 9, 2015 order that granted in part and denied in part the parties’ competing motions for summary judgment in...more

Three Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Claims Fail

Courts recently issued three opinions on the whistleblower anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. In Murray v. UBS Securities, LLC, Mr. Murray claimed he was terminated because he refused to skew his...more

Brokers Switching Firms: The Protocol and Recent Developments

In August 2004, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and UBS entered a pact not to sue one another over client relationships in their wealth management businesses. This pact was known in the industry as the Protocol for Broker...more

Citigroup, Goldman, and UBS to Pay $235 Million Settlement in MBS Class Action

On February 13, 2015, the plaintiffs in New Jersey Carpenters Health Fund, et al., v. Residential Capital, LLC, et al., No. 08-cv-8781 (S.D.N.Y.) filed an unopposed motion for certification of the class and to approve a...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Fed Announces Dates of Stress Test Releases - On February 12, the Fed announced that results from the latest supervisory stress tests conducted as part of Dodd-Frank will be released on March 5, and the related results...more

Second UBS Tax Investigation Shows the Continuing Allure of Whistleblower Law

News leaked late last week that Swiss banking giant UBS is again under DOJ investigation for aiding tax fraud by U.S. clients. In 2009, UBS pled guilty to a criminal tax conspiracy charge, and received a deferred prosecution...more

Top Ten Finance Litigation And Regulatory Decisions Of 2014

A summary of the most interesting banking litigation and regulatory decisions from 2014. The selection is necessarily subjective and draws from a wide range of cases and developments that are of direct relevance to finance...more

Credit Crunch Digest - January 2015

In This Issue: - Libor and Foreign Exchange Litigation - Litigation and Regulatory Investigations - Government and Regulatory Intervention - Excerpt from Libor and Foreign Exchange...more

S.D.N.Y. Rejects “Pervasive Breach” Claim and Issues Numerous RMBS Rulings In Deciding Trusts’ and Issuer’s Motions for Summary...

On January 9, 2015, in a series of rulings, Judge P. Kevin Castel of the United States Court for the Southern District of New York granted in part and denied in part motions for partial summary judgment brought by three MASTR...more

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