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The SEC’s Cyber Unit Files Its First Complaint Against an “Initial Coin Offering”

by Burr & Forman on

Implemented in September, the Securities Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Cyber Unit has brought its first enforcement action against an “Initial Coin Offering” (“ICO”) called PlexCoin. ICOs, which are listed on digital...more

SEC Enforcement Division Releases 2017 Annual Report as Industry Looks Ahead to 2018

by Dechert LLP on

Stephanie Avakian and Steven Peikin, the new Co-Directors of the U.S. SEC Enforcement Division (“Division”), released a report on November 15, 2017, summarizing the Division’s enforcement activity for the fiscal year ending...more

Former Municipal Official in the Spotlight as SEC Files Complaint Charging Securities Fraud and DOJ Files Superseding Indictment...

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 21, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint charging Oyster Bay, New York (the “Town”), along with its former Supervisor and Chief Executive Officer, John Venditto, with...more

The SEC Enforcement Division 2017 Annual Report: Continued Focus On Individual Wrongdoers And Enhanced Protections For The “Main...

Almost a year into the new administration, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement released its annual report last week, providing a recap of the SEC’s enforcement results over the past 12...more

SEC Gets Tough on ICOs, Files First Fraud Case

The SEC has filed charges against multiple ICO sponsors alleging securities law violations. The Securities and Exchange Commission (the Commission) has put its digital money where its mouth is. After concluding in a July...more

Ninth Circuit Analyzes Statements Concerning FDA Feedback, in In re Atossa Genetics, Inc. Securities Litigation (August 18, 2017)

On August 18, 2017, a Ninth Circuit panel affirmed in part, reversed in part, and vacated in part the district court’s dismissal of the amended securities fraud class action complaint in In re Atossa Genetics, Inc. Securities...more

Insider Trading and Equifax

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We regularly have conversations with our clients about whether particular non-public information is "material," who at the company knows about such information and whether certain individuals should be allowed to engage in...more

Veil-Piercing Under California Law – Heightened Risks for Fund Managers

We recently posted about the risks associated with veil-piercing claims and the ways in which fund managers can protect themselves from exposure to these claims. Our first post on veil-piercing focused on Delaware standards,...more

Veil Piercing/Alter Ego Determinations – How Fund Managers Can Protect Themselves

A veil piercing claim can be a worst-case scenario for a private fund manager dealing with a struggling portfolio company investment – the company fails, and ensuing legal claims are brought not only against the portfolio...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - September 2017

by Vedder Price on

Market and Product Developments - Securities Industry Implements T+2 Settlement Cycle - On September 5, 2017, the securities industry transitioned to a shorter settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities...more

Finding the Unicorn in Lender Liability Litigation

by Bryan Cave on

Investors frequently talk in terms of trying to find the next unicorn, that small start-up company that is going to turn into a billion dollar valuation. Lawyers are like that as well, always looking for that new decision...more

When Speaking to Investors, Mix Facts with Predictions at Your Peril

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 protects “forward-looking statements”—that is, predictions about the future, at least when they are accompanied by “meaningful cautionary statements” that could cause the...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - August 2017

by Vedder Price on

On August 7, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert providing a summary of the staff’s observations from sweep exams of broker-dealers, investment advisers and funds...more

Dechert's Global Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2017 Edition: D&O Insurance Coverage - How Careful Should the Drafting Be?...

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Directors are required to review and approve transformative M&A transactions. The power to approve, however, comes with the potential liability that could be asserted if the transactions do not turn out as projected....more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 1 - 2017: United States: D&O Insurance Policies – a cautionary tale: the Peril of...

by Dechert LLP on

Directors and officers (D&Os) of troubled companies should be highly sensitive to D&O insurance policies with Prior Act Exclusion. While policies with such exclusion may be cheaper, a recent decision by the U.S. Court of...more

Commercial Division Flags Novel Issue of Reasonable Reliance In LLC Member Battle

In PMC Aviation 2012-1 LLC et al. v. Jet Midwest Group, LLC et al., No. 654047/2015, BL221447 (Sup. Ct. Jun. 21, 2017), Commercial Division Justice Shirley Kornreich denied a motion to dismiss a fraudulent inducement claim by...more

Dissipation of Assets May be Tort Under English Law: Marex Financial Limited v. Carlos Sevilleja Garcia [2017] EWHC918

by Bryan Cave on

There is a joke that freezing injunctions are dangerous to heath. They appear to be carcinogenic, as people subject to them often tell the Court they are too ill to engage with proceedings....more

SEC Continues to Use Advance Data Analytics to Investigate Insider Trading

The SEC has continued to pursue a number of insider trading cases this year, both large-scale and small. Some of those matters involved trades that yielded relatively small amounts of profits: $40,000-$60,000. Why does the...more

Tesco to Pay Compensation of £85 m and Further Fine of £129 m for Market Abuse

by Jones Day on

On 28 March 2017, the FCA announced that Tesco plc and Tesco Stores Limited ("Tesco") had agreed to committing market abuse in relation to a trading update published on 29 August 2014. In that update, Tesco plc had stated...more

Non-Use Agreement Need Not Precede Disclosure of Confidential Information

A Pennsylvania federal court held yesterday that an agreement not to use confidential inside information for trading purposes need not precede the receipt of that information in order to create liability under the...more

"Key Takeaways: Recent Investment Management Litigation and Regulatory Developments"

On February 28, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Recent Investment Management Litigation and Regulatory Developments.” The Skadden panelists were litigation partners Eben Colby and Seth Schwartz, securities enforcement...more

Federal Court Issues Trial Ruling in Section 36(b) “Manager of Managers” Lawsuit: Second Consecutive Opinion Finding Plaintiffs...

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The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey recently issued its post-trial ruling in Kasilag et al. v. Hartford Investment Financial Services, LLC et al. The Hartford ruling is the second post-trial Section 36(b)...more

SEC and Activist Investors Reach Settlement over Disclosure Violations

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a group of activist investors settled claims that the group failed to adequately disclose information during campaigns to exert influence over public companies....more

First Department Allows $45 Million Fraud Claim to Proceed Against Patriarch Partners

In Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale v. Tilton, No. 651695/15, 2017 BL 55790 (App Div, 1st Dep’t Feb. 23, 2017), a divided panel of the Appellate Division, First Department, affirmed a Commercial Division order that denied...more

"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters"

On February 2, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters,” the third installment of our four-part Corporate Governance Series focused on trends in corporate...more

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