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Investment Fraud

Failure to Supervise Selling Away Arbitrable as “Connected with Business”

by Burr & Forman on

The Sixth Circuit recently affirmed that failure-to-supervise claims against a brokerage firm over outside business activities it knew nothing about nevertheless were arbitrable under FINRA Rule 12200(2) as “arising in...more

2017’s Bad Guys in Energy

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Once again we look back at the continuing cavalcade of crooks, criminals, miscreants and, to put it kindly, morons the less intellectually gifted, who met justice face-to-face in 2017. This year’s class includes a preacher,...more

Market Participants, Beware: New CFTC Authority to Police Underlying Commodity Markets Sounds Alarms Beyond Digital Currency...

by Kobre & Kim on

Last month, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed its first ever anti-fraud action targeting bitcoin trading. In CFTC v. Gelfman, the CFTC charged a company and its founder with fraudulently soliciting...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Representatives of the US’s biggest stock exchanges have questioned the SEC’s plan to change how markets work by altering the current “maker-taker” system and imposing new transparency and conflict-of-interest rules on...more

SEC Brings First Enforcement Action Related to Initial Coin Offerings

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Promoters of two recent initial coin offerings face charges of investor fraud brought by the SEC, after allegedly misrepresenting the assets purportedly backing the offerings, exaggerating the amount of funds...more

SEC Brings Fraud Action Against ICO Creator

In its first lawsuit targeting Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against the creator of the ICOs marketed as “REcoin” and “DRC.” The action, filed in the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Insider trading was a key focus this week. The Commission brought three cases, one involving a doctor tipped by a friend at the company; a second involving a going private transaction were a tip from an insider to his long...more

SEC Busts Fraudulent Initial Coin Offerings

The SEC charged a businessman and two companies with defrauding investors in a pair of so-called initial coin offerings, or ICOs, purportedly backed by investments in real estate and diamonds....more

CFTC Files Its First Anti-Fraud Enforcement Action Involving Bitcoin

The CFTC filed a federal civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Defendants Nicholas Gelfman, of Brooklyn, New York, and Gelfman Blueprint, Inc. (GBI), a New York...more

Fraudulent “Social Security Maximization” Scheme Ends With Guilty Plea

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

P.T. Barnum should have said “there is a new scheme born every minute.” Yesterday a Wall Street office and Sinatra songs were used to lure would-be investors to a commodity fraudster who took investor funds for his own and...more

The “Pharma Bro” Trial—Who Really Won?

After a five-week trial, a jury of five men and seven women convicted notorious pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli of securities fraud on August 4, 2017. Shkreli had been charged with two counts of securities fraud,...more

How to Avoid the Sharks of Financial Fraud

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Twenty-three-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps just raced a great white shark to celebrate Shark Week 2017. He lost. And he didn't race against a live shark, but a computer-generated image of one. Phelps swam alone...more

SEC and U.S. Attorney’s Office Bring Action Against Promoter of Bitcoin Store, Inc.

by Perkins Coie on

On June 30, 2017, the SEC and the U.S. Attorney brought parallel civil and criminal fraud charges against Renwick Haddow, the owner of an unregistered broker-dealer entity named InCrowd Equity Inc., and two corporate entities...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a holiday shortened week the Commission filed four actions: One arose from the failure of an adviser who arranged a transaction between two managed funds to honor the terms promised to one fund; a second charged the sister...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

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As the Christmas and holiday season approaches, the SEC brought a series of actions. Those included two settled FCPA actions filed in tandem with the DOJ, one of which also involved foreign regulators and the payment of about...more

No Repose for Debate on Applicability of American Pipe Tolling

by Carlton Fields on

In its seminal 1974 American Pipe opinion, the Supreme Court held that the commencement of a class action tolls the applicable statutes of limitation as to all putative class members who would have been parties had the class...more

SEC Halts Scheme By IM Who Bilked Off-Shore Investment Manager

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

It can happen to anybody. The SEC has brought what seems like an almost endless string of investment fund and offering fraud actions. Typically small, unsophisticated investors, often known to the fraudster, are targeted with...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The D.C. Circuit handed down the first circuit court decision ruling on the Appointments Clause question concerning the retention of SEC ALJs. The court concluded that there was no violation of the Clause....more

¡Primera Convicción de FATCA!

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

El 9 de Mayo del 2016, el Departamento de Justicia (DOJ) anunció su primera convicción usando FATCA. Parece ser el principio de procesos penales por el DOJ contra violaciones aparentes o presuntas de los requisitos de...more

Wall Street Executive Pleads Guilty In Investment Fraud

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Andrew Caspersen, a former managing principal of Blackstone Group, and a partner at Park Hill Group which raises capital for private equity, pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud. U.S. v....more

Equity Trust Notches a Rare Defense Win in SEC Administrative Proceedings

On June 27, 2016, SEC Administrative Law Judge Carol Fox Foelak dismissed the Division of Enforcement’s charges against IRA custodian Equity Trust Company in connection with the company’s processing of investments marketed by...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #15

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FCA brings investment fraud charges - FCA has charged five individuals with various offences under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and with conspiracy to defraud. The offences relate to promotion and sale of...more

Five Charged by UK Regulator for Alleged Investment Fraud

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Following investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority, five persons appeared in a UK court charged with conspiracy to defraud, together with offences under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Fraud Act...more

Eleventh Circuit Clarifies Broker-Dealer’s Liability For Employee’s Fraud

Will a broker-dealer be liable when a financial advisor employed by the firm solicits investments as part of a fraudulent scheme, where the firm specifically prohibited the advisor from soliciting the investment, the...more

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