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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

Bridging the Week - November 2017

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Backers of Tezos Initial Coin Offering Named in Prospective Class Action Litigation: On October 25, the promoters of a highly successful initial coin offering to support development of the Tezos blockchain project and other...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

Day Trader Charged in Computer Hacking Scheme

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Two key areas of focus for the SEC are retail investors and cyber. Both of those elements are present in the latest case filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York which parallels a previously...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

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

SEC Charges Former Private Equity Firm Partner with Defrauding Clients

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In an offshoot of its enforcement action against Apollo Management L.P. (Apollo) last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on October 25 charged a former senior partner at Apollo with defrauding his fund clients...more

Private Equity Partner Charged For Defrauding Funds

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A senior partner at private equity giant Apollo Management, L.P. was named as a defendant in a Commission enforcement action for misappropriating over $290,000 by improperly charging personal expenses to funds he managed at...more

S.D. Fla. Refuses To Dismiss SOX and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims

The Southern District of Florida recently denied a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss a former employee’s Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claims, finding that the plaintiff sufficiently alleged that she...more

Lorenzo's a Schemer, Not a Maker; Dissent Blasts SEC ("Not Fair," "Stinks")

by Burr & Forman on

Cut, paste and forward ? just as the boss instructed. But Lorenzo’s email to two clients was misleading, so the SEC filed an enforcement action. The ALJ held Lorenzo liable for violating anti-fraud provisions and imposed a...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

...On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it was awarding nearly $2.5 million to a government employee who tipped off the SEC to a company’s wrongdoing. Although the SEC does not...more

CEO, Attorney Plead Guilty to Market Manipulation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Microcap fraud has long been a focus of the Commission. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has also brought a series of criminal cases centered on market manipulation charges involving these entities....more

SEC Charges Rio Tinto, Executives With Fraud

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission charged mining giant Rio Tinto Plc, its subsidiary Rio Tinto Limited, and two of its executives, former CEO Thomas Albanese and former CFO Guy Elliott, with fraud. The case centers on the acquisition of a coal...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #2

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

FBI Issues Flash Alert on Apache Struts Vulnerability - The Apache Struts vulnerability has been mentioned frequently in the media over the past month, as it is believed to have been involved in one of the largest and most...more

“The cold never bothered me anyway!” SEC again uses its power to freeze an alleged EB-5 scam

Like Elsa, the Princess in Disney’s classic Frozen, once again the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has utilized its power to freeze. In this case, the freezing of assets. In what has become an increasingly common...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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Peltz/P&G drama continues, with the company suggesting that Trian has lost its bid for a Board seat and the fund arguing that it disagrees with the company’s counting of the ballots....more

D.C. Circuit Applies Janus To Set Aside SEC Sanctions Against Investment Banker

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 29, 2017, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) overturned the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) determination that investment banker Frank...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

Former Broker Sentenced in Pay-to-Play Scheme

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission and the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office have brought a number of pay-to-play cases involving pension funds. In one involving the third largest public pension fund in the country uncovered by the SEC, Deborah...more

SEC Charges Eight With Insider Trading

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The difficulty with tipping chains is establishing that the key elements of insider trading were passed down the chain to those trading. In the second circuit’s Newman case, for example, the court remarked that it had never...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

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Expands Insider Trading Liability

by Jones Day on

On August 23, 2017, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the insider trading conviction of Matthew Martoma, a former portfolio manager for SAC Capital Advisors LLP ("SAC Capital"). In doing so, the court overturned...more

Lawmakers May Not Spend Political Capital on Stand-Alone EB-5 Bill

The chances of a stand-alone EB-5 bill gaining consensus with lawmakers on Capitol Hill are low. With the GOP failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers may be spending time readjusting priorities in unexpected ways...more

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