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Does the ICO Open a New Chapter for RE Crowdfunding?

by Dechert LLP on

Back in July of 2015, we blogged about “Current Marketplace Trends in Real Estate Crowdfunding”. How young and breathless we were, in hindsight, now that we’re tapped into the Next Big ICO thing. Yes, the “fintech” world...more

SEC Suffers Loss in Insider Trading Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC lost an insider trading case last week against the CEO of Delta Petroleum, Roger Parker. SEC v. Parker, Civil Action No. 1:12-cv-02839 (D. Col.). The complaint centered on to allegations of illegal tipping in two...more

White-Collar Motive, Gun Crazy Movie

In 1950, producers Frank and Maurice King released Gun Crazy, a sometimes surreal Bonnie-and-Clyde story with an introverted, pacifist gun lover (Barton Tare, played by John Dall) and an English femme fatale sharpshooter...more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - December 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the addition of a new Department of Justice (DOJ) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) policy, titled the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy. The new policy, which was...more

Further Implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

On 31 July 2017, a new law was adopted to further implement and ensure the effectiveness of Regulation 596/2014 on market abuse ("Market Abuse Regulation"). This new law amends the law of 2 August 2002 on the supervision of...more

DOJ's New FCPA Enforcement Policy Continues its "Carrot-and-Stick" Approach

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Companies that learn of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") violations by employees or agents are faced with significant uncertainty as to whether the benefits and risks of self-disclosing the conduct to the...more

Examples of the SEC’s New Focus on Retail Customers and Cyber

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission’s Enforcement Division under Chairman Clayton is focusing on retail investors and cyber. Two actions brought over the last two business days serve to highlight this focus, including the first brought by the new...more

Whistleblower Status Up For Debate Before SCOTUS: Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Somers

The nation’s top court will soon decide a key aspect of how employers should handle employee complaints about possible fraud or financial wrongdoing in the company that may violate federal laws. These situations provide...more

SEC Files Emergency Action to Halt Alleged ICO Scam

by Perkins Coie on

On Friday, December 1, 2017, the SEC filed an emergency action in federal district court in Brooklyn alleging that Dominic Lacroix and Sabrina Paradis-Roger, both from Quebec, Canada, raised approximately $15 million in a...more

Episode 13 -- Top Ten Rules for Conducting Internal Investigation Interviews

by Michael Volkov on

To implement an effective ethics and compliance program, global companies have to establish an effective internal investigation program.  Whether conducting a critical or routine investigation, investigators have to be able...more

Red Notice Newsletter - November 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – SBM Offshore N.V. Agrees to Pay $238 Million to Resolve DOJ FCPA Enforcement Action - On November 29, 2017, SBM Offshore N.V. (SBM), a Netherlands based company specializing in the...more

Anti-Bribery Compliance Meets Permits, Approvals and Licences in India

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Obtaining permissions, approvals and licences in India creates high risks for bribery on account of there being significant interaction between the company and government authorities. Originally published by IBA...more

SEC Enforcement: Another Look At Last Fiscal Year

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC published its statistics for the last fiscal year in a glossy report centered on a discussion of the new retail/cyber focus of the Enforcement Division. Statistics are not the sole measure of success the agency...more

Seven Individuals Charged with FCPA Criminal Violations

by Michael Volkov on

In a watershed week for FCPA enforcement, the US Department of Justice announced FCPA criminal charges against seven individuals. Specifically, the Justice Department announced four guilty pleas and one indictment as follow...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 77, the Home for the Holidays Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories of the week, including: 1. The DOJ/SEC FCPA Guidance turned 5 years old this week. For the compliance practitioner,...more

SEC Expected to Expedite FCPA Investigations in Light of Kokesh

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On November 9, 2017, Steven R. Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, delivered a keynote speech at a conference commemorating the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

SEC’s Announcement of Chief of FCPA Unit Signals Possible Anti-Bribery Enforcement Focus on Non-U.S.

by Reed Smith on

Non-U.S. companies traded on the United States stock exchanges, take notice: you may be receiving increased attention from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC’s”) anti-bribery arm. This client alert by...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Decision to Ban Ex-Libor Trader Hayes Delayed Pending Criminal Review

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority has announced that it has decided to prohibit former trader Tom Hayes from performing any function relating to any regulated activity in the financial services industry. The FCA stated that Mr....more

The Future of FCPA Enforcement After Kokesh

Increased international cooperation, more aggressive investigations and greater focus on individual accountability. In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kokesh v. SEC, the SEC is expected to prioritize quicker,...more

Anti-Money Laundering Update: FinCEN Makes Small Texas Bank Pay Big Fine for Violating Bank Secrecy Act

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

This Post at a Glance: - FinCEN imposes $2 million penalty against community bank - Bank failed to conduct appropriate due diligence related to Mexican customer - Small banks, other financial institutions need to...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The DOJ unsealed criminal charges against five individuals involved in the Rolls-Royce FCPA action previously brought by the DOJ, SFO and Brazilian authorities. The charges were filed in the Southern District of Ohio. Each...more

Blockchain Week in Review – October #8

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

Hedge Fund Manager Sentenced to Prison

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A claimed hedge fund manager was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud. Defendant Nicholas Mitsakos founded Matrix Capital, a California state registered investment fund...more

Former CFO Pleads Guilty To Lying To Auditors

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Former Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. CFO Philip Jacoby pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from the financial fraud at the company. U.S. v. Jacoby, No. 1:17-cr-00676 (S.D.N.Y. Filed Nov. 2, 2017). The charge on which the...more

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): The Current State of Play

The ICO boom in 2017 brings with it questions of jurisdiction and compliance, and a need for further guidance - The benefits of ICOs in raising capital, as well as in providing a marketing push for a new business model,...more

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