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Securities Lawyer 101

Securities Lawyer 101

Covers securities enforcement, securities law and going public matters. By Hamilton & Associates.

http://www.securitieslawyer101.com/blog/
  • Sep 10

    Corporate Hijackings 101 l Securities Lawyer 101 Blog

    Corporate Hijackings 101 l Securities Lawyer 101 Blog
    Securities Lawyer 101 Blog Corporate hijackings, also known as corporate identity theft, of public shell companies has been around for more than a decade.  It  is a growing method used by fraudsters to acquire…
  • Jan 1

    Going Public Blog l Securities Lawyer 101

    Going Public Blog l Securities Lawyer 101
    Going Public LawyerGoing public is a big step for any company.  The process of “going public” is complex and at times precarious.  While going public offers many benefits it also comes with risks and quantities of…
  • Jan 1

    Going Public Blog l Securities Lawyer 101

    Going Public Blog l Securities Lawyer 101
    Going Public Lawyer  Securities Lawyer 101 Blog Going public is a big step for any company.  The process of “going public” is complex and at times precarious.  While going public offers many benefits it also comes…
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The D & O Diary

The D & O Diary

News and commentary on Directors and Officers Liability. By Kevin M. LaCroix.

http://www.dandodiary.com/
Rank this Week: 142

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Covers hedge fund laws and starting a hedge fund.

http://www.hedgefundlawblog.com
  • May 26

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP 2015 First Quarter Update

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP 2015 First Quarter Update
     www.colefrieman.com May 13, 2015 Clients and Friends: The first quarter of 2015 was a busy period for investment managers and service providers alike and we find ourselves sending out this update very late.  As a variety of filing…
  • May 1

    Hedge Fund Events May 2015

    Hedge Fund Events May 2015
    The following are various hedge fund events happening this month.  Please email us if you would like us to add your event to this list. **** Date: May 4, 2015 Sponsor: Sohn Conference Event: Sohn Investment Conference Location: New York,…
  • Apr 1

    Hedge Fund Events April 2015

    Hedge Fund Events April 2015
    The following are various hedge fund events happening this month.  Please email us if you would like us to add your event to this list. **** Date: April 1, 2015 Sponsor: 100WHF Event: Investing in Healthcare Location: Boston, MA Date:…
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The White Law Group's Securities…

The White Law Group's Securities Fraud Blog

Covers securities fraud cases, investment fraud practices and securities industry regulations.

http://www.whitesecuritieslaw.com/securities-fraud/blog/
  • May 26

    Recovery of Hines Global REIT II Investment Losse

    Recovery of Hines Global REIT II Investment Losse
    Have you suffered investment losses in Hines Global REIT II? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses through FINRA arbitration. The White Law Group is investigating potential securities fraud claims involving…
  • May 26

    Recovery of Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT II Investment Losse

    Recovery of Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT II Investment Losse
    Have you suffered investment losses in Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT II? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses through FINRA arbitration. The White Law Group is investigating potential securities fraud…
  • May 26

    Recovery of Cole Office & Industrial REIT Investment Losse

    Recovery of Cole Office & Industrial REIT Investment Losse
    Have you suffered investment losses in Cole Office & Industrial REIT? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses through FINRA arbitration. The White Law Group is investigating potential securities fraud claims…
Rank this Week: 371

Financial Counsel

Financial Counsel

Covers compliance, employment and industry intelligence for investment professionals and investment, planning and regulatory intelligence for investors. By James J. Eccleston.

http://financialcounselblog.com
  • May 26

    Managers of New York Broker Dealer Plead Guilty in Ponzi Scheme

    Managers of New York Broker Dealer Plead Guilty in Ponzi Scheme
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:A former New York based broker-dealer, Arjent LLC and its UK-based affiliate, Arjent Limited, were on the edge of insolvency when the company Chairman and CEO Robert P. DePalo, along with…
  • May 22

    Financial Advisor to Stars Pleads Guilty to Perpetrating Multiple Ponzi Scheme

    Financial Advisor to Stars Pleads Guilty to Perpetrating Multiple Ponzi Scheme
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:Troy Stratos, a self-described entertainment entrepreneur and globe-trotting businessman, pleaded guilty in California to four counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering. The…
  • May 21

    SEC Launches Inquiring into JPMorgan’s Fund Sale

    SEC Launches Inquiring into JPMorgan’s Fund Sale
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:JP Morgan Chase & Co. is under investigation by the SEC and other regulators regarding the manner in which it sells its own mutual funds and other proprietary products.The SEC’s…
Rank this Week: 148

New York Securities Lawyer Blog

New York Securities Lawyer Blog

Covers securities law. By Lax & Neville LLP.

http://www.newyorksecuritieslawyerblog.com/
  • May 26

    LPL Financial LLC Violates FINRA Supervision Rules During Its Expansion

    LPL Financial LLC Violates FINRA Supervision Rules During Its Expansion
    On May 6, 2015, LPL Financial LLC (“LPL”) submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (“AWC”) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (“FINRA”) Department of Enforcement to settle…
  • May 12

    FINRA Panel Awards Ex-Morgan Stanley Employee $500,000 In Promissory Note Dispute

    FINRA Panel Awards Ex-Morgan Stanley Employee $500,000 In Promissory Note Dispute
    On May 7, 2015, a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) arbitration panel (the “Panel”) awarded (the “Award”) $500,000 to Respondent, John Offenburger (“Offenburger”), against the…
  • May 8

    SEC Charges Veros Partners Alleging $15 Million Ponzi Scheme

    SEC Charges Veros Partners Alleging $15 Million Ponzi Scheme
      On April 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a Complaint in the District Court for the United States Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division (the “Complaint”), against…
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Stock Market Loss

Stock Market Loss

Covers misconduct by brokerage firms or financial advisors. By Hermann, Cahn & Schneider, LLP.

http://www.stockmarketloss.com/news/
  • May 26

    Investors Receive Biased Advice From Stockbrokers New Study Confirm

    Investors Receive Biased Advice From Stockbrokers New Study Confirm
    This article was originally posted on Stock Market Loss In our May 18th post, we discussed stockbrokers (sales persons who purportedly dispense advice only in conjunction with selling investment products) and investment advisors (who give…
  • May 19

    Non-Traded REITs are Unsuitable for Retail Investor

    Non-Traded REITs are Unsuitable for Retail Investor
    This article was originally posted on Stock Market Loss We continue to see lots of activity involving unsuitable sales of non-traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (“non-traded REITs”). If you’re a retail customer who was…
  • May 18

    FINRA Toughens Sanctions Guidelines For Unsuitable Recommendation

    FINRA Toughens Sanctions Guidelines For Unsuitable Recommendation
    This article was originally posted on Stock Market Loss A stockbroker is not permitted to indiscriminately sell any available investment product to any customer he or she chooses, nor may a broker follow a “one-size-fits-all”…
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Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
  • May 26

    JPMorgan Fights Off Another Suit Over Its Failure to Control the London Whale

    JPMorgan Fights Off Another Suit Over Its Failure to Control the London Whale
    By Matthew Garza, J.D.A derivative suit filed by a pension fund against officers and directors of JPMorgan Chase for their role in failing to maintain control of the “London Whale” was dismissed by the Delaware Court of Chancery…
  • May 22

    House Committee Approves 13 Capital Formation Bill

    House Committee Approves 13 Capital Formation Bill
    By John M. Jascob, J.D.The House Financial Services Committee voted Wednesday night to approve 13 bills designed to create jobs by stimulating capital formation by Main Street businesses. The Committee approved seven of the bills by unanimous…
  • May 21

    SEC Proposes New Disclosure by Investment Companies and Investment Adviser

    SEC Proposes New Disclosure by Investment Companies and Investment Adviser
    By Jacquelyn LumbThe SEC commissioners yesterday unanimously approved proposals to increase the transparency and modernize the reporting requirements for investment companies and investment advisers. In opening remarks, Chair Mary Jo White…
Rank this Week: 139

Corporate Securities Law Blog

Corporate Securities Law Blog

Focuses on complliance, corporate governance, disclosure, mergers and tax issues. By Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.corporatesecuritieslawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 464

Securities Lawyers Blog

Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities law. By Gana LLP.

http://www.securitieslawyersblog.com/
  • May 26

    OneAmerica Securities Sanctioned By FINRA Over Failure to Supervise

    OneAmerica Securities Sanctioned By FINRA Over Failure to Supervise
    As we previously reported, The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctioned and barred financial advisor Matthew Davis (Davis) concerning allegations of misconduct in several customer accounts. Davis was associated with…
  • May 19

    Wells Fargo Broker Aaron Parthemer Barred Over Private Securities Sale

    Wells Fargo Broker Aaron Parthemer Barred Over Private Securities Sale
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) barred broker Aaron Parthemer (Parthemer) concerning allegations that Parthemer engaged in private securities transactions – also known as “selling away.” FINRA alleged…
  • May 19

    Gana LLP Investigates Investor Losses in BPZ Energy

    Gana LLP Investigates Investor Losses in BPZ Energy
    The law offices of Gana LLP are currently investigating investors who have suffered losses in in now bankrupt oil and gas company, BPZ Resources, Inc. (BPZ Resources) (Stock Symbols: BPZRQ and BPZ)  BPZ Resources is an independent oil…
Rank this Week: 2526

Fitapelli Kurta News

Fitapelli Kurta News

Features stock fraud news.

http://stopbrokerfraud.com/news/
  • May 26

    Source Capital’s Kevin L. Cline has FINRA violation

    Source Capital’s Kevin L. Cline has FINRA violation
    Source Capital Group broker, Kevin L. Cline, of Bowling Green, Kentucky has two FINRA violations disclosed on his FINRA BrokerCheck Report. Kevin L. Cline is the branch manager of Source Capital’s Bowling Green, Kentucky office. The…
  • May 26

    McCulley & Associates’ Robert Melvin McCulley: FINRA violation

    McCulley & Associates’ Robert Melvin McCulley: FINRA violation
    McCulley & Associates broker Robert Melvin McCulley of Fort Collins, Colorado has three FINRA Rule violations disclosed on his BrokerCheck Report. The post McCulley & Associates’ Robert Melvin McCulley: FINRA violations appeared…
  • May 26

    Speer Wealth Management’s Robert Frederick Blake: Complaint for TIC investment

    Speer Wealth Management’s Robert Frederick Blake: Complaint for TIC investment
    Speer Wealth Management Vice President Robert Frederick Blake has six customer complaints disclosed on his FINRA BrokerCheck Report, one of which is still pending arbitration with FINRA. The post Speer Wealth Management’s Robert…
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Subject to Inquiry

Subject to Inquiry

Looks at white collar, congressional, SEC, energy enforcement and other government inquiries. By McGuireWoods.

http://www.subjecttoinquiry.com/
  • May 26

    Here to Stay? Appellate Court Rejects Challenges to CFPB

    Here to Stay? Appellate Court Rejects Challenges to CFPB
    On May 1, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected a constitutional challenge to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) authority. In Morgan Drexen, Inc. v. CFPB, Morgan Drexen, Inc., which…
  • May 22

    White House Opposes Bill Giving Small Businesses Greater Voice in CFPB Rulemaking

    White House Opposes Bill Giving Small Businesses Greater Voice in CFPB Rulemaking
    Last month, the White House informed Congress that it opposes a bill passed by the House of Representatives designed to give small businesses a larger role in developing Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rules and regulations.…
  • May 21

    CFPB Enforcement Action Appeals: Quick Resolution with Unchecked Discretion

    CFPB Enforcement Action Appeals: Quick Resolution with Unchecked Discretion
    On March 9, 2015, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray presided over oral argument in the first appeal hearing of an administrative enforcement action.   The appeal involves two companies that…
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TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

http://www.thecorporatecounsel.net/Blog/
  • May 26

    Shareholder Liaison Committees: Should You Have One?

    Shareholder Liaison Committees: Should You Have One?
    Last month, Vanguard sent letters to its 500 largest holding as we blogged about a few months ago. Since then, a number of members have asked how to respond to the letters – and we’ve found that most companies responded by simply…
  • May 22

    Memorial Day Weekend: Let’s Do This!

    Memorial Day Weekend: Let’s Do This!
  • May 21

    Study: How Social Media Influences Investment Decision

    Study: How Social Media Influences Investment Decision
    This Q4 blog covers this recent study about how social media influences investment decisions. Here’s an excerpt: The article pulls interesting research from Greenwich Associates, which notes that “almost 80% of institutional…
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California Corporate & Securities…

California Corporate & Securities Law

Covers California securities law, corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions and securities litigation. By Keith Paul Bishop.

http://calcorporatelaw.com/
  • May 26

    Doing The Math On Delaware Derivative Settlement

    Doing The Math On Delaware Derivative Settlement
    Last Friday, Delaware lawyer Francis G.X. Pileggi wrote about Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster’s recent decision to award more than $72 million in attorneys fees in costs in connection with the settlement of a derivative action…
  • May 22

    What The Legislature Doesn’t Know About Bees Could Fill A Blog

    What The Legislature Doesn’t Know About Bees Could Fill A Blog
    As a once and future beekeeper, I’m bemused by the California legislature’s inept efforts to legislate apiculture.  Section 29414 of the California Food & Agricultural Code, for example, defines…
  • May 21

    California’s Other Investment Adviser Law

    California’s Other Investment Adviser Law
    California’s Corporate Securities Law of 1968 defines and provides for the comprehensive regulation of most, but not all, investment advisers.  Some investment advisers are subject to an entirely different law found in the…
Rank this Week: 384

SEC Lawyers Blog

SEC Lawyers Blog

Covers stock fraud. By Sonn & Erez, PLC.

http://www.seclawyersblog.com/
  • May 25

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving Former LPL Broker Charles Fackrell

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving Former LPL Broker Charles Fackrell
    Sonn|Erez is investigating claims regarding Charles Caleb Fackrell (CRD #5369665, Boonville, North Carolina). Fackrell recently submitted an AWC in which he was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. See FINRA Case…
  • May 23

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving Former Legend Equities Broker Jerry Chancy

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving Former Legend Equities Broker Jerry Chancy
    Sonn|Erez is investigating claims regarding Jerry Irvin Chancy (CRD #1787712, Savannah, Tennessee). Chancy recently submitted an AWC in which he was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. See FINRA Case…
  • May 21

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving Former Oppenheimer Broker Perry Abbonizio

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving Former Oppenheimer Broker Perry Abbonizio
    Sonn|Erez is investigating claims regarding Perry Stephen Abbonizio (CRD #2787112, Worcester, Pennsylvania). Abbonizio recently submitted an AWC in which he was assessed a deferred fine of $10,000 and suspended from association with any…
Rank this Week: 1118

The 10b-5 Daily

The 10b-5 Daily

Covers securities class action litigation. By Lyle Roberts.

http://www.the10b-5daily.com/
  • May 22

    Adverse Interest

    Adverse Interest
    Is it possible for a securities class action based on alleged misrepresentations in a company’s public filings to proceed against an individual officer, but not the company (presuming the company is not otherwise immune from…
  • May 1

    Not Congress’s Concern

    Not Congress’s Concern
    The Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act (“SLUSA”) is designed to limit the ability of plaintiffs to avoid the heightened pleading standards (and other procedural and substantive protections) applicable to federal…
  • Apr 17

    Creating Your Own Losse

    Creating Your Own Losse
    Under the PSLRA, the presumptive lead plaintiff in a securities class action is the applicant with the “largest financial interest in the relief sought by the class.”  The largest financial interest is measured by assessing…
Rank this Week: 913

Stock Broker Fraud Blog

Stock Broker Fraud Blog

Covers broker fraud, investor fraud, marketing timing, and securities fraud. By Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas.

http://www.stockbrokerfraudblog.com/
  • May 22

    Nationwide to Pay $8M Over Variable Annuity Pricing Violation

    Nationwide to Pay $8M Over Variable Annuity Pricing Violation
    Nationwide Life Insurance Co. has ben ordered to pay an $8 million penalty to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for purposely delaying variable annuity and life insurance policy orders and that this led to company’s failure to…
  • May 20

    UBS Must Pay Investor $1M for Puerto Rico Bond Fund Portfolio

    UBS Must Pay Investor $1M for Puerto Rico Bond Fund Portfolio
    A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Panel (“FINRA”) has ordered UBS Financial Services Inc. of Puerto Rico and UBS Wealth Management (collectively “UBS”) to pay a client from Puerto Rico $1 million to repurchase…
  • May 18

    U.S. Supreme Court Rules on 401K Lawsuit, Gives Investors More Protection

    U.S. Supreme Court Rules on 401K Lawsuit, Gives Investors More Protection
    The nation’s highest court has just made it easier for workers to sue their 401k plans for charging excessive fees for investments. The case is Tibble v. Edison International, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously for the…
Rank this Week: 149

Canadian Securities Law Online

Canadian Securities Law Online

Covers Canadian securities law topics, including disclosures, corporate governance, mergers, registration and compliance. By Stikeman Elliott.

http://www.canadiansecuritieslaw.com/
  • May 22

    "Say-on-pay": back in the spotlight this proxy season

    "Say-on-pay": back in the spotlight this proxy season
    Katy Pitch - If you’ve been reading the business news lately it’s hard to miss the renewed focus on the “say-on-pay” resolution at annual corporate meetings in Canada. These advisory resolutions, which ask shareholders…
  • May 22

    Start-up crowdfunding prospectus and registration exemption adopted by certain CSA member

    Start-up crowdfunding prospectus and registration exemption adopted by certain CSA member
    Vincent Laurin - As discussed in a post last week, the securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the "Participating Jurisdictions") have implemented registration and prospectus…
  • May 22

    TSX proposes a new order type: Long Life order

    TSX proposes a new order type: Long Life order
    A new order type is being proposed to address concerns with market quality caused by high frequency trading.  The objective of the proposed Long Life order is to improve execution quality for certain retail and institutional investors…
Rank this Week: 478

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities and investment fraud. By Malecki Law.

http://www.newyorksecuritieslawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2542

Business Blog

Business Blog

Covers business law, labor & employment, real estate and securities and finance topics. By Scarinci Hollenbeck.

http://www.businesslawnews.com/
  • May 22

    Is Your Start-Up Ready to Hire Employees? Here Are Some Employment Contract Basic

    Is Your Start-Up Ready to Hire Employees? Here Are Some Employment Contract Basic
    Once your startup is ready to hire employees, it is important to do it right. A written employment contract is recommendable to establish and structure the legal relationship when it you start to hire employees. If artfully drawn, the…
  • May 21

    Is Poor Contract Management Hurting Your Bottom Line?

    Is Poor Contract Management Hurting Your Bottom Line?
    From client contracts to employment agreements to leases, even small businesses can have hundreds if not thousands of contracts. Thanks to technology, a lot of contract management is done digitally. However, many contracts are still prepared,…
  • May 20

    ABC Test Revives Sleepy’s Wage and Hour Suit

    ABC Test Revives Sleepy’s Wage and Hour Suit
    Earlier this year, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the “ABC test” should apply to determine whether a worker is an “independent contractor” for the purposes of the New Jersey Wage Payment Law and the New Jersey…
Rank this Week: 796

Securities Law Blog

Securities Law Blog

Features news, commentary and thoughts on the law of the securities markets. By Mark Astarita.

http://seclaw.blogspot.com/
  • May 22

    SEC News - FCPA Violations and Fraud

    SEC News - FCPA Violations and Fraud
    SEC Charges BHP Billiton With Violating FCPA at Olympic GamesGlobal resources company BHP Billiton has been charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when it sponsored the attendance of foreign government officials at…
  • May 19

    The Securities and Exchange Commission…

    The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a father and son in New York with conducting a serial insider trading scheme involving tips of key nonpublic information in coded e-mail messages disguised as discussions about…
  • May 18

    SEC News - False Claims, Fraud, Insider Trading

    SEC News - False Claims, Fraud, Insider Trading
    SEC Sues Retirement Planners for Making False Claims to InvestorsA self-described retirement planning firm and its principals have been charged with falsely telling customers that interests in life settlements they offered and sold were…
Rank this Week: 510

Securities Fraud Attorney Blog

Securities Fraud Attorney Blog

Covers securities fraud, and other areas of securities law and banking and finance law. By Rich, Intelisano & Katz, LLP.

http://www.securitiesfraudattorneyblog.com/
  • May 22

    FINRA’s Regulatory Arm Announces Strengthening of Sanction Guidelines for Fraudulent Conduct by Broker

    FINRA’s Regulatory Arm Announces Strengthening of Sanction Guidelines for Fraudulent Conduct by Broker
    In a move intended to emphasize that FINRA’s ultimate mandate is to protect investors, the SRO’s National Adjudicatory Council last week issued newly-revised Sanction Guidelines including tougher ranges of recommended punishments…
  • May 8

    FINRA Fines LPL for Failure to Supervise on Complex Product

    FINRA Fines LPL for Failure to Supervise on Complex Product
    What are non-traditional exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs)? Why are independent broker dealers selling these complex products without proper supervision? FINRA wants to know and just slammed…
  • May 1

    Liability of Commercial Banks for Investment Advisor Fraud

    Liability of Commercial Banks for Investment Advisor Fraud
    An increasing issue in investment fraud cases is the liability of commercial banks for aiding and abetting fraud by an investment advisory firm that engages in fraud and then goes defunct. Such firms typically house their investment…
Rank this Week: 2113

Federal Securities Law Blog

Federal Securities Law Blog

FedSecLaw.com is devoted to highlighting current issues in securities laws, discussing the ramifications of those issues for today’s businesses, and providing bottom-line takeaways for busy owners, managers, and executives. By Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.

http://www.fedseclaw.com/
  • May 22

    World’s top banks plead guilty to gaming foreign-currency market

    World’s top banks plead guilty to gaming foreign-currency market
    Scandal roiled the banking industry Wednesday as four of the world’s largest banks — Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland — pleaded guilty to federal antitrust violations for conspiring to…
  • Apr 30

    SEC votes to propose executive compensation rule

    SEC votes to propose executive compensation rule
    On April 29, 2015, pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 3 to 2 to approve a proposed amendment to executive compensation rules in Item 402…
  • Apr 3

    U.S. Supreme Court clarifies liability for opinions in registration statement

    U.S. Supreme Court clarifies liability for opinions in registration statement
    Opinions in registration statements continue to be one of the most commonly litigated items under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 (“Section 11”). On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers…
Rank this Week: 1015

Cady Bar the Door

Cady Bar the Door

Provides insight and commentary on SEC enforcement actions. By Brooks Pierce.

http://www.secmiscellany.com
  • May 21

    Why Did BHP Billiton Settle an FCPA Case Including 7+ Year-Old Conduct?

    Why Did BHP Billiton Settle an FCPA Case Including 7+ Year-Old Conduct?
    Remember the Water Cube from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing?  BHP Billiton has probably had reason to think about it recently.  On Wednesday it settled an FCPA case with the SEC arising out of the company’s sponsoring the…
  • May 12

    D.C. Circuit Says “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” Is Maybe Not the Best Set of Rules for Criminal Forfeiture

    D.C. Circuit Says “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” Is Maybe Not the Best Set of Rules for Criminal Forfeiture
    If you’re a federal prosecutor, you have a lot of tools at your disposal.  Crimes waiting to be indicted are abundant.  If you’re having trouble getting a defendant sentenced as a career offender, you can see if he fits…
  • May 5

    Insider Trading Recklessness and Kevin Love’s Shoulder

    Insider Trading Recklessness and Kevin Love’s Shoulder
    A couple of weeks ago I expressed skepticism about the ultimate impact of Judge Rakoff’s recent opinion in SEC v. Payton.  In it, he held that for purposes of a motion to dismiss, the SEC had adequately alleged insider trading…
Rank this Week: 2466

Institutional Investor Securities…

Institutional Investor Securities Blog

Covers investment fraud involving auction-rate securities, credit rating agencies, hedge funds and mortgage-backed securities. By Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas.

http://www.institutionalinvestorsecuritiesblog.com/
  • May 21

    Gray Financial is Charged with Bilking Georgia Pension Fund

    Gray Financial is Charged with Bilking Georgia Pension Fund
    The SEC is accusing investment advisory firm Gray Financial, its co-CEO Robert C. Hubbard IV, and president/founder Laurence O. Gray with fraud. The regulator claims that the three of them of breached their duty to clients by directing…
  • May 19

    Morgan Stanley to Pay $2M for Violations Involving Short Sales and Short Interest Reporting

    Morgan Stanley to Pay $2M for Violations Involving Short Sales and Short Interest Reporting
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is fining Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC (MS) $2M for violations involving short sale and short interest reporting rules. The violations purportedly took place over six years. The financial firm is…
  • May 18

    Nomura & Royal Bank of Scotland Must Pay $806M in Mortgage-Backed Securities Case

    Nomura & Royal Bank of Scotland Must Pay $806M in Mortgage-Backed Securities Case
    Nomura Holdings (NMR) and Royal Bank of Scotland group Plc (RBS) must pay $806 million in the mortgage-backed securities lawsuit filed against them by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. $779.4 million will go to mortgage lender Freddie Mac…
Rank this Week: 1111

Tim O'Connor's Blog

Tim O'Connor's Blog

Covers stockbroker fraud.

http://stockbrokerlaw.com/tim-oconnors-blog
  • May 21

    The New York State Department of Financial Services - Life Insurance Resource Center

    The New York State Department of Financial Services - Life Insurance Resource Center
    The New York State Department of Financial Services maintains a Life Insurance Resource Center on its website designed to inform New York State residents of the various life insurance-related products being sold in New York State. These…
  • May 18

    Reverse Convertibles – Risky Investments Plagued with Losse

    Reverse Convertibles – Risky Investments Plagued with Losse
    A number of brokerage firms have sold reverse exchangeable securities, also known as reverse convertibles, to retail investors. These structured products, promising high yields, are often difficult for the average investor to understand and…
  • May 15

    Are You Interested in Being An SEC Whistleblower?

    Are You Interested in Being An SEC Whistleblower?
    The Office of the Whistleblower of the Securities and Exchange Commission (hereafter “SEC”) established a whistleblower program on July 21, 2010 as a part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed by…
Rank this Week: 3131

Securities Litigation and…

Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Blog

Covers SEC investigations, insider trading, derivative actions, white collar defense, and whistleblowers. By Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

http://blogs.orrick.com/securities-litigation/
Rank this Week: 324

DealLawyers.com Blog

DealLawyers.com Blog

Covers mergers & acquisitions. From editor Broc Romanek, who is also editor of TheCorporateCounsel.net.

http://www.deallawyers.com/Blog/
  • May 20

    What Activist Investors Can Learn from Trian & DuPont

    What Activist Investors Can Learn from Trian & DuPont
    A few days ago, I blogged about these law firm memos describing the end result of Trian’s attempt on DuPont. Here’s an excerpt of this blog from “The Activist Investor” looking at it from the activist’s…
  • May 19

    Cornerstone: No Automatic Disloyalty Inference” for Disinterested Directors in Controller Transaction

    Cornerstone: No Automatic Disloyalty Inference” for Disinterested Directors in Controller Transaction
    Here’s an excerpt from this Fried Frank memo (also see these other memos about the case): In a move consistent with the Delaware courts’ recent general inclination for early dismissal of M&A-related litigation, the Delaware…
  • May 18

    DuPont Announces Victory in Trian Proxy Fight

    DuPont Announces Victory in Trian Proxy Fight
    Here’s the news from this Sullivan & Cromwell memo (also see this Jones Day memo): On May 13, 2015, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, a major chemical company with a market cap of approximately $68 billion, defeated a proxy…
Rank this Week: 579

The Securities Edge

The Securities Edge

Covers securities law topics of interest to executives of middle market businesses. By Gunster.

http://www.thesecuritiesedge.com/
  • May 19

    Crazy is as crazy does – compensation run amok?

    Crazy is as crazy does – compensation run amok?
    Posted By: Robert B. Lamm As we approach the end of the 2015 peak proxy season, the annual parade of articles and studies of executive compensation has begun. To no one’s surprise (at least not mine), the numbers keep going up, and some…
  • May 14

    Chancery Court Holds Board to Heightened Fiduciary Duty Standard in Connection with Equity Award

    Chancery Court Holds Board to Heightened Fiduciary Duty Standard in Connection with Equity Award
    Posted By: Gustav L. Schmidt A recent case out of the Delaware Court of Chancery could result in heightened scrutiny of equity award grants to non-employee directors. Although this decision was rendered at the procedural stage of the case and…
  • Apr 23

    The third horseman leaves the paddock

    The third horseman leaves the paddock
    Posted By: Robert B. Lamm It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone nerdy enough to be reading this blog that the Dodd-Frank Act mandated SEC rulemaking in four areas relating to the disclosure of executive compensation: pay ratio,…
Rank this Week: 3248

North Carolina Business Litigation…

North Carolina Business Litigation Report

Reports on judicial decisions of significance to business and shareholders. By Mack Sperling of Brooks Pierce LLP.

http://www.ncbusinesslitigationreport.com/
  • May 19

    NC Business Court Gives Full Faith And Credit To LegalZoom's California Class Action Settlement

    NC Business Court Gives Full Faith And Credit To LegalZoom's California Class Action Settlement
    There are probably some of you who lie awake at night wondering whether Leagalzoom's offering of do it yourself lawyering products will be found to be the unauthorized practice of law (UPL) in North Carolina. For those few of you, that…
  • May 15

    Two Claims You May Not Want To Make In North Carolina

    Two Claims You May Not Want To Make In North Carolina
    I said yesterday that there was too much in DSM Dyneema, LLC v. Thagard, 2015 NCBC 47 for just one post, so here are the rest of the key points from the case.  They involve two claims you might not want to bother to make in North…
  • May 14

    Trade Secret Plaintiff Avoids Dismissal, Gets Discovery

    Trade Secret Plaintiff Avoids Dismissal, Gets Discovery
    One of the most interesting Business Court decisions of last year was Judge Bledsoe's opinion in DSM Dyneema, LLC v. Thagard, 2014 NCBC 50, in which he held that the Plaintiff, which was suing for misappropriation of trade secrets,was barred…
Rank this Week: 507

Business Law Post

Business Law Post

Covers corporate law, securities law, intellectual property, and social entrepreneurship. By Arina Shulga.

http://www.businesslawpost.com
  • May 19

    Handshake Agreements: Still a Good Idea?

    Handshake Agreements: Still a Good Idea?
    I’ve seen this many times before: entrepreneurs enter into handshake agreements with others, trying to save on legal fees. Often, the counterparties are contractors, employees, investors, or co-founders. These entrepreneurs are not…
  • Jan 19

    How to Comply with New York Blue Sky Laws?

    How to Comply with New York Blue Sky Laws?
    As I previously explained here, Rule 506 private placements involve the filing of a Form D with the SEC as well as complying with blue sky notice filings requirements in each state where the investors participating in the offering reside.…
  • Jan 19

    The SEC Increases Focus On Digital Currencie

    The SEC Increases Focus On Digital Currencie
    It is clear that the SEC has been focusing on securities fraud involving digital currencies.  In July 2013, the SEC charged Trendon T. Shavers, the founder and operator of Bitcoin Savings and Trust, with defrauding investors in a…
Rank this Week: 2160

Broke and Broker

Broke and Broker

Covers the Wall Street docket of criminal, civil, regulatory, and arbitration cases. By Bill Singer.

http://brokeandbroker.com/index.php
Rank this Week: 1439

Securities Compliance Sentinel

Securities Compliance Sentinel

Covers securities industry compliance and enforcement issues. By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://securitiescompliancesentinel.foxrothschild.com
  • May 14

    What Does The “E” In Email Mean Redux

    What Does The “E” In Email Mean Redux
    I recently blogged about the meaning of the “E” in email.  For a further discussion of the dangers associated with email, you can listen to this podcast.  The moral to the story is think long and hard before you hit that…
  • May 11

    So You Think That You Really Know Your Customer

    So You Think That You Really Know Your Customer
    If the recent National Senior Investor Initiative of the SEC and FINRA taught us anything, it was the tremendous importance to know your customers. This takes on more significance when you are working with seniors. You may ask why does…
  • May 4

    So What Does The SEC Think About Cybersecurity

    So What Does The SEC Think About Cybersecurity
    At the end of last month, the SEC provided a guidance update on cybersecurity for registered investment companies and registered investment advisors. This guidance is equally instructive for broker-dealers and registered representatives.…
Rank this Week: 1300

Florida Securities Fraud Lawyer…

Florida Securities Fraud Lawyer Blog

Covers securities fraud, investor fraud and Ponzi schemes. By McCabe Rabin, P.A.

http://www.floridasecuritiesfraudlawyerblog.com/
  • May 12

    SEC Sues Retirement Planners who Sold Life Settlement

    SEC Sues Retirement Planners who Sold Life Settlement
    According to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), it has filed suit against a Texas retirement planning firm and its principals in connection with their practices in the sales of life settlement investments.  The…
  • May 6

    LPL Financial Sanctioned for Supervisory Failure

    LPL Financial Sanctioned for Supervisory Failure
    According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), it has entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (“AWC”) with brokerage firm LPL Financial LLC for supervisory failures in a number of…
  • May 1

    FINRA Fines RBC for Reverse Convertibles Sale

    FINRA Fines RBC for Reverse Convertibles Sale
    According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), RBC Capital Markets, LLC (“RBC”) has agreed to a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (“AWC”) concerning its sales of complex reverse…
Rank this Week: 813

Representing Investors

Representing Investors

Covers securities arbitration, litigation and regulatory news. By Maddox Hargett & Caruso, P.C.

http://www.investorprotection.com/blog
  • May 11

    Attorney Mark Maddox Quoted in IBJ Article

    Attorney Mark Maddox Quoted in IBJ Article
    Checkout the article Attorney Mark Maddox was quoted in below. http://www.ibj.com/articles/53113-sec-suit-firm-hid-mounting-losses?utm_source=this-week-in-ibj&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=2015-05-09 The post Attorney Mark Maddox…
  • May 8

    LPL Ordered to Pay 10M in Fines & 1.7M in Restitution

    LPL Ordered to Pay 10M in Fines & 1.7M in Restitution
    LPL Financial LLC facing 11.7M in sanctions by FINRA for widespread supervisory failures related to complex product sales, trade surveillance, and trade confirmations delivery. Supervisory failures include the sales of non-traditional…
  • May 7

    Colorado Merrill Lynch Brokers Terminated by Bank of America

    Colorado Merrill Lynch Brokers Terminated by Bank of America
    Our firm will be looking into investor complaints against Joseph Yanofsky and Brooke Clements and the Yanofsky Group as a result of their termination from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.…
Rank this Week: 555

Securities Law Prof Blog

Securities Law Prof Blog

Covers securities arbitration, state securities law, court decisions and law review articles. By Eric C. Chaffee.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/securities/
  • May 11

    Anderson on Insider Trading

    Anderson on Insider Trading
    John P. Anderson has posted Solving the Paradox of Insider Trading Compliance on SSRN with the following abstract: Regulators demand the impossible when they require issuers to design and implement an effective insider trading compliance…
  • May 11

    Koehler on the FCPA

    Koehler on the FCPA
    Mike Koehler has posted Ten Seldom Discussed Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Facts that You Need to Know on SSRN with the following abstract: Much is written about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. However, amid the clutter of enforcement…
  • May 11

    New in Print

    New in Print
    The following law review articles relating to securities regulation are now available in paper format: Aaron S. Davidowitz, Note, Abandoning the 'Mosaic Theory': Why the 'Mosaic Theory' of Securities Analysis Constitutes Illegal Insider…
Rank this Week: 98

Footnoted

Footnoted

Reports on actionable information in SEC filings.

http://www.footnoted.com/
  • May 6

    Herbalife v. Ackman: Who’s manipulating who?

    Herbalife v. Ackman: Who’s manipulating who?
    In the 10-Q that it filed yesterday, Herbalife confirmed a DoJ query and accused short seller Bill Ackman of stock manipulation.
  • May 1

    Warning signals in Yelp’s 10-K

    Warning signals in Yelp’s 10-K
    On March 2, we put out a Pro report based on Yelp's 10K. That report is now available here for free.
  • Apr 29

    Pier 1’s Not-So Confidential Agreement

    Pier 1’s Not-So Confidential Agreement
    Pier 1 is the latest company to file a confidential agreement with the SEC, providing details on its agreement with its former CFO.
Rank this Week: 4438

White Collar Alert

White Collar Alert

Provides news and insight to counsel and legal observers concerning white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, government litigation and regulatory compliance. By Montgomery McCracken.

http://whitecollarblog.mmwr.com
  • May 1

    Confidentiality Shouldn’t End When the Lawyer Walks Through the Nonprofit’s Door

    Confidentiality Shouldn’t End When the Lawyer Walks Through the Nonprofit’s Door
    Yesterday, the Association of Corporate Counsel (“ACC”) filed an amicus curiae brief requesting that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court uphold the Commonwealth Court’s decision that there is no fiduciary duty for attorneys of…
  • Apr 24

    General Petraeus Avoids Jail for Leaking Classified Information to Girlfriend

    General Petraeus Avoids Jail for Leaking Classified Information to Girlfriend
    Yesterday, former CIA head and retired General David H. Petraeus was sentenced for leaking classified information about the war in Afghanistan to his biographer/mistress, Paula Broadwell. Broadwell published a biography about him in 2012,…
  • Mar 25

    More Puritanical Punishment Courtesy of Utah: “White Collar Crime Registry”

    More Puritanical Punishment Courtesy of Utah: “White Collar Crime Registry”
    This post was co-authored by White Collar Alert contributor, Erin Dougherty. Yesterday, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a new bill into law that creates a “Utah White Collar Crime Offender Registry” (the “Registry”).…
Rank this Week: 4481

Strictly Business

Strictly Business

Covers business law for entrepreneurs, emerging companies and the investment management industry. By Alexander J. Davie.

http://www.strictlybusinesslawblog.com/
  • Apr 29

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 21: No-Shop and Confidentiality Provision

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 21: No-Shop and Confidentiality Provision
    This post is the twenty-first and final in a series giving practical advice to startups with respect to understanding and negotiating a venture capital term sheet. In the prior twenty posts, we provided an introduction to…
  • Mar 24

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 20: Founders’ Stock

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 20: Founders’ Stock
    This post is the twentieth in a series giving practical advice to startups with respect to understanding and negotiating a venture capital term sheet. In the prior nineteen posts, we provided an introduction to negotiation…
  • Feb 5

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 19: Board Matter

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 19: Board Matter
    This post is the nineteenth in a series giving practical advice to startups with respect to understanding and negotiating a venture capital term sheet. In the prior eighteen posts, we provided an introduction to…
Rank this Week: 1994

Startup Law Blog

Startup Law Blog

Covers legal and regulatory developments in startup, securities law and regulation. By Joe Wallin.

http://www.startuplawblog.com/
  • Apr 27

    Join Us at Pacific Rim M&A Institute This Wednesday

    Join Us at Pacific Rim M&A Institute This Wednesday
    Please join us for the Pacific Rim M&A Institute’s next session. This quarter’s program features Port of Seattle CEO, Ted J. Fick, who will discuss how the Port contributes to our region’s economy. We look forward to…
  • Dec 18

    Revenue Lending

    Revenue Lending
    I recently had the chance to sit down with BJ Lackland, the CEO of Lighter Capital, to talk about life, revenue loans, and Lighter Capital. Below is a transcript of most of our talk. – JW: BJ, what’s the first … Continue…
  • Nov 28

    Current Funding Trends and Capital Raising Tip

    Current Funding Trends and Capital Raising Tip
    How Are You Planning to Fund Your Big Idea in 2015? Due to cheaper tools, the cost of getting a startup off the ground has markedly decreased over the past dozen or so years. However, despite lower costs, it can … Continue reading…
Rank this Week: 1391

White Collar Wire

White Collar Wire

Covers news, cases, judicial opinions, practical tips and scholarly work regarding white-collar criminal and civil enforcement, grand jury investigations and regulatory compliance. By Jackson R. Sharman, III.

http://jacksharman.com/
  • Apr 23

    Barry Bonds, Ramblin’ Man

    Barry Bonds, Ramblin’ Man
      The federal appeals court in San Francisco recently reversed baseball player Barry Bonds’s conviction for obstruction of justice.  The criminal charge and conviction arose out of testimony that Bonds gave to a grand…
  • Apr 15

    The Old College Try, and The New College Tribunal

    The Old College Try, and The New College Tribunal
    In disciplinary proceedings involving claims of sexual assault, universities continue to find themselves in an intolerable situation, caught in a lawyer-triangle of the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights,…
  • Mar 28

    White-Collar Felon Registries, Hester Prynne and The Drive-By Trucker

    White-Collar Felon Registries, Hester Prynne and The Drive-By Trucker
    Although one must admire the historicist sensibilities of a state legislature that just reinstated the firing squad  as a methodology for execution, the Utah legislature’s passage of a bill to create a white-collar crime…
Rank this Week: 4577

Recover Investment Losses Blog

Recover Investment Losses Blog

Covers investment scams, broker fraud and broker negligence. By Rex Securities Law.

http://blog.rexsecuritieslaw.com
  • Apr 23

    ForceField Energy Stock Trading Suspended-CEO Arrested for Securities Fraud

    ForceField Energy Stock Trading Suspended-CEO Arrested for Securities Fraud
    April 21, 2015- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suspended trading in the securities of ForceField Energy, Inc. (FNRG)  until May 5th due to concerns about the adequacy and accuracy of information available to investors in…
  • Apr 23

    Former D’Hanis State Bank President Indicted for Fraud & Embezzlement

    Former D’Hanis State Bank President Indicted for Fraud & Embezzlement
    April 17, 2015- San Antonio, Texas The FBI announced that Laurie Mayfield (aka Laurie H. Scott), 54, of Fredericksburg, Texas, was indicted for bank fraud and embezzlement. According to the release, Mayfield , formerly president of…
  • Apr 23

    Houston Broker Suspended for Trading Account Without Client’s Permission

    Houston Broker Suspended for Trading Account Without Client’s Permission
    April 8, 2015- Austin, Texas The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) suspended Bruce William Schoendorf, an investment adviser of Hurwitz Associates,  for ten days for exercising discretion in a client account in violation of a…
Rank this Week: 4162

Andrew Abramowitz, PLLC

Andrew Abramowitz, PLLC

News, advice, and trends from the corporate law world.

http://aalegalnyc.com/blog/
  • Apr 16

    Employee vs. Independent Contractor

    Employee vs. Independent Contractor
    In my practice, the question of classification of service providers as employees or independent contractors has come up with increasing frequency.  This probably results from the increasing amount of freelancing in the economy in recent…
  • Apr 14

    Interesting Reads of the Week

    Interesting Reads of the Week
    Some interesting legal reads for the week of April 13, 2015: From DealBook, arguments in favor of allowing law firms to go public. From Bloomberg, leveraged loans are not considered securities, which is a disputed point. From the WSJ, several…
  • Apr 2

    Regulation A+ – How It Fits Into the System

    Regulation A+ – How It Fits Into the System
    The SEC recently adopted final rules implementing significant changes to securities offerings done under Regulation A.  Because of the greatly expanded scope of the offerings, they are referred to colloquially as Regulation A+…
Rank this Week: 4563

Securities Mining Law

Securities Mining Law

Covers securities law affecting the mining industry in Canada.

http://www.securitiesmininglaw.com/
  • Apr 13

    Mining Issuers: Ensure your Websites and Investor Presentations Comply with NI 43-101

    Mining Issuers: Ensure your Websites and Investor Presentations Comply with NI 43-101
    Mining issuers have their qualified persons (“QPs”) and occasionally legal counsel review technical disclosure, including news releases and technical reports, to ensure they comply with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of…
  • Mar 3

    Welcome Tax Measures Announced at the PDAC 2015 Convention

    Welcome Tax Measures Announced at the PDAC 2015 Convention
    On Sunday March 1, 2015, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Federal Minister of Finance addressed the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (“PDAC”) at the annual PDAC Convention in Toronto and announced certain proposals…
  • Feb 23

    PDAC

    PDAC
    Only going to one mining investment show? Make it this one. PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange is the world’s leading Convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral…
Rank this Week: 2858

Kueser Law Firm Blog

Kueser Law Firm Blog

Covers securities and investment fraud, as well as other consumer and investor-related issues.

http://blog.jmkesquire.com
Rank this Week: 2790