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Second Circuit Finds “Related To” Bankruptcy Jurisdiction in a Madoff Matter

The Second Circuit recently issued an important decision on a “related to” jurisdiction case arising out of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. SPV Osus, Ltd. v. UBS AG, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 3088 (2d Cir. Feb. 9, 2018). SPV...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Claims, Finding No Personal Jurisdiction Where Defendants Were Not "At Home" In The Forum And...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 9, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of aiding and abetting claims against UBS AG, AIA LLC, and their affiliated entities and individuals. SPV Osus Ltd. v. UBS...more

CFTC Flexes Its Regulatory Muscle in a Case Involving a Virtual Currency

by Perkins Coie on

Just like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is actively policing the virtual currency market. On January 24, 2018, the CFTC announced an enforcement action against...more

Bridging the Week - January 2018 #4

CFTC Sues Unregistered Company and Promoters of Fake Virtual Coin for Alleged Fraud and Operating Purported Ponzi Scheme: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission disclosed that it filed an enforcement action on January 16...more

Agencies Indicate Efficient, Targeted Enforcement Priorities That Rely on Self-Disclosure

One year into the Trump administration, it remains difficult to forecast what lies ahead with respect to regulatory and white collar enforcement activity. Perhaps most instructive are recent public statements of officials at...more

Limiting Ponzi Scheme Recoveries in Bankruptcy: United States Supreme Court Declines to Review Fraudulent Transfer Ruling in Favor...

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

The United States Supreme Court recently declined to review a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit favorable to a bank regarding alleged fraudulent transfers to the bank. In doing so, the...more

CFTC’s Virtual Currency Task Force Files Suit To Shut Down Another Virtual Currency Scam

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Last week we reported on a flurry of enforcement activity by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission’s “Virtual Currency Task Force” with respect to virtual current fraud schemes. On Thursday, January 18, the CFTC filed...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A look at Amazon’s newest concept—Amazon Go—a convenience store that opens in Seattle today complete with “shelves of food” found at other stores (including Whole Foods) but with nary a cashier in sight....more

Double Jeopardy Argument Fails in Ponzi Fraud

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In R. v. Samji, 2017 BCCA 415 [Samji], the B.C. Court of Appeal decided that a $33-million administrative monetary penalty (AMP) assessed by the province’s Securities Commission against a person who had run a massive Ponzi...more

FINRA 2018 Priorities Letter Released

by Burr & Forman on

FINRA recently published its 2018 Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter, which identifies opportunities for firms to improve their compliance, supervisory and risk management policies or programs. ...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

The Numbers Don’t Lie: The SEC Pursues a More Streamlined Enforcement Agenda

One of the most eye-catching items in the recently released 2017 Annual Report of the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission) is the significant decline in enforcement activity...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

Chris Lazarini Discusses Pro Rata Distribution of Assets in Receiver Case

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case involving the repercussions of the multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme of Thomas Petters related to the management of the Stewardship Credit Arbitrage Fund, LLC...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

AT&T’s chief is weighing in the DOJ’s call to sell CNN in order to make its deal with Time Warner go through, and, as Randall sees it, “selling CNN makes no sense”....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

Fintech Week in Review – October 2017

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

Three Point Shot - September 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On August 25th, 2017, in a convincing knockout, a federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed dozens of lawsuits against Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather alleging Pacquiao's concealed shoulder injury impacted the quality of...more

What’s the current landscape for CFTC cryptocurrency regulation?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin enter the mainstream, entrepreneurs are exploring business models that may depend on compliance with regulatory constraints. This short article summarizes the cryptocurrency regulatory...more

Wild West No Longer: The SEC Brings Enforcement Actions Against Two Initial Coin Offerings

Ending months of speculation about when regulators would wade into the world of Bitcoin and other digital currencies, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently brought its first enforcement actions against...more

Bridging the Week - September 2017 #3

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

FCM Agrees to Pay US $2.5 Million CFTC Fine for Relying on Affiliate’s Purportedly Misleading Analysis of Block Trades for a CME Group Investigation: Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated agreed to pay a fine of...more

Second Circuit Demonstrates the Difficulties in Withdrawing a Guilty Plea and Challenging a Below-Guidelines Sentence

In United States v. Rivernider, 13-4865, the Court (Livingston, J., Lynch, J. and Rakoff, D.J., sitting by designation) affirmed the judgment entered by the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut...more

CFTC and the Bitcoin Give and Take

by Goodwin on

Recently, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) granted LedgerX, LLC, registration as a derivatives clearing organization (“DCO”) under the Commodity Exchange Act, and with it, the right to clear fully...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

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission filed another in a series of actions against an investment adviser who put wrap fee program clients into more expensive mutual fund shares that benefited the adviser and disadvantaged the client. Two more...more

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