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The Race to the Bottom

The Race to the Bottom

A faculty-student collaboration on corporate governance. By Professor J. Robert Brown, Jr.

http://www.theracetothebottom.org/
  • Aug 28

    The SEC and Administrative Proceedings (Part 2)

    The SEC and Administrative Proceedings (Part 2)
    We are discussing some of the issues raised by Peter Henning in his DealBook column, The S.E.C.’s Use of the ‘Rocket Docket’ Is Challenged.   In any event, the limits on discovery, the fact that ALJ decisions are…
  • Aug 26

    The SEC and Administrative Proceedings (Part 1)

    The SEC and Administrative Proceedings (Part 1)
    Peter Henning wrote an interesting piece over at DealBook on the SEC's use of administrative proceedings in place of actions in federal district court.  See The S.E.C.’s Use of the ‘Rocket Docket’ Is Challenged.…
  • Aug 26

    Morrison, the Second Circuit, and the Reverse Effects Test: ParkCentral Global Hub Limited v. Porsche Automobile Holdings (Part 2)

    Morrison, the Second Circuit, and the Reverse Effects Test: ParkCentral Global Hub Limited v. Porsche Automobile Holdings (Part 2)
    We are discussing the Second Circuit's decision in ParkCentral Global Hub Limited v. Porsche Automobile Holdings, a case that effectively created a "reverse effects test" that was contrary to the Supreme Court's analysis…
Rank this Week: 88

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/
  • Jan 17

    Anderson on Insider Trading

    Anderson on Insider Trading
    John P. Anderson has posted When Does Corporate Criminal Liability for Insider Trading Make Sense? on SSRN with the following abstract: Corporations are subject to broad criminal liability for the insider trading of their employees. Critics…
  • Jan 4

    President-Elect Nominates Jay Clayton as SEC Chair

    President-Elect Nominates Jay Clayton as SEC Chair
    Details available here.
  • Jan 3

    New in Print

    New in Print
    The following law review articles relating to securities regulation are now available in paper format: John Armour & Brian Cheffins, Stock Market Prices and the Market for Corporate Control, 2016 U. Ill. L. Rev. 761. Rutheford B. Campbell…
Rank this Week: 98

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

Covers legal and investment issues facing emerging tech companies.

http://www.wac6.com/wac6/
  • Mar 16

    Secondary Sales and An Investor Covenant You Don’t Want To Mi

    Secondary Sales and An Investor Covenant You Don’t Want To Mi
    Dear Readers: This is a post I co-wrote with Joe Wallin, who has published the almost identical post here. If you are investing in early stage companies, there are certain deal terms you want. Most you probably know already: if...
  • Mar 11

    A Gift from Congress to Angel

    A Gift from Congress to Angel
    The picture here was taken by Joe Wallin, who was on a panel with me, Gary Kocher of K&L Gates, Tom Alberg of Madrona Ventures, and Dan Rosen of the Alliance of Angels, talking to the Angel Capital Association's NW...
  • Mar 3

    Looking for Mr. 506(c)

    Looking for Mr. 506(c)
    "On a relative basis, issuances claiming the new Rule 506(c) exemption have accounted for only 2.1% of the reported capital raised pursuant to Rule 506 since becoming effective in September 2014." So reads a key finding of a report,…
Rank this Week: 133

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
  • Jan 18

    FINRA Discipline: FINRA Rule 9252

    FINRA Discipline: FINRA Rule 9252
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:This is the sixteenth in a series of posts to discuss the rules associated with the FINRA disciplinary process. FINRA Rule 9252 states that a respondent in a disciplinary proceeding has a…
  • Jan 17

    Wells Fargo Eliminates Bonuses For Selling Banking Product

    Wells Fargo Eliminates Bonuses For Selling Banking Product
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:Wells Fargo Advisors has eliminated bonus compensation for advisors’ sale of banking and lending products. The reason for the elimination of this bonus compensation for advisors stems…
  • Jan 14

    FINRA Discipline: FINRA Rule 9251

    FINRA Discipline: FINRA Rule 9251
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:This is the fifteenth in a series of posts to discuss the rules associated with the FINRA disciplinary process. FINRA Rule 9251 identifies the types of documents that should be made…
Rank this Week: 142

The D & O Diary

The D & O Diary

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

http://www.dandodiary.com/
  • Jan 17

    Guest Post: The Nuts & Bolts of SEC Investigations & Enforcement

    Guest Post: The Nuts & Bolts of SEC Investigations & Enforcement
    The SEC is the primary regulatory body charged with the enforcement of the U.S. securities laws. Most insurance and legal professionals are well-aware of the agency and familiar with its regulatory role. But in an era that has been (at least…
  • Jan 16

    Guest Post: A Focus on Directors’ and Officers’ Risks in India

    Guest Post: A Focus on Directors’ and Officers’ Risks in India
      As readers of this blog know well, liability claims against corporate directors and officers is an increasingly global phenomenon. A number of different factors are contributing to the globalization of D&O liability, including…
  • Jan 15

    Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Securities Act Statute of Repose Tolling Question

    Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Securities Act Statute of Repose Tolling Question
    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case arising out of the credit crisis-era collapse of the Lehman Brothers investment bank, in order to decide whether or not, under principles known as the “American Pipe doctrine,”…
Rank this Week: 147

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 18

    Petition urges ‘look through’ of motions to vacate arbitration awards for jurisdiction

    Petition urges ‘look through’ of motions to vacate arbitration awards for jurisdiction
    By Amy Leisinger, J.D.Two investors have asked the Supreme Court to determine that a party seeking to vacate an arbitration award under Section 10 of the Federal Arbitration Act is entitled to the same “look through” analysis…
  • Jan 17

    CFTC swap data proposals align with Congress’s FAST Act

    CFTC swap data proposals align with Congress’s FAST Act
    By Jay Fishman, J.D.CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad has announced the proposal, by a unanimous vote, of Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) rule amendments making it easier for domestic and foreign regulators to access swap data repository (SDR)…
  • Jan 16

    Dr. King's legacy must be remembered

    Dr. King's legacy must be remembered
    [In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we republish a post by the late Jim Hamilton from January 20, 2014, honoring Dr. King and his legacy.]By Jim Hamilton, J.D., LL.M."I was taking a part of the South to transplant in alien soil.…
Rank this Week: 150

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/
Rank this Week: 151

Page Perry LLC Blog

Page Perry LLC Blog

Covers securities broker abuses, early retirement scams, elder abuses, subprime mortages, collateralized debt obligations, and annuities.

http://www.pageperry.com/blog/
  • Jul 16

    CYNK Latest Wall Street Trap?

    CYNK Latest Wall Street Trap?
    Cynk is a social network company that has no revenue, no assets, and no profits. Until last week, it was the hottest stock on Wall Street, according to a Business Insider report by Hunter Walker and Julia La Roche (July 14, 2014).  Its…
  • Jul 14

    Former LPL Broker Jason Parker Leaves Trail Of Complaint

    Former LPL Broker Jason Parker Leaves Trail Of Complaint
    By law, a broker has to recommend suitable investments. To be considered suitable, an investment should align with the client’s investment objectives. Dumping all client funds into a single foreign stock, despite the client’s low…
  • Jun 13

    Pension Advisers Fall Under Scrutiny

    Pension Advisers Fall Under Scrutiny
    The problem of conflicts of interest for pension advisers attracted Congressional attention, according to a Wall Street Journal article by Dan Fitzpatrick  (June 9, 2014).  U.S. Representative George Miller (D., Calif.) has written…
Rank this Week: 272

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

http://www.thecorporatecounsel.net/Blog/
  • Jan 18

    Transcript: “Non-GAAP Disclosures – Analyzing the Comment Letters”

    Transcript: “Non-GAAP Disclosures – Analyzing the Comment Letters”
    We have posted the transcript for our popular webcast: “Non-GAAP Disclosures: Analyzing the Comment Letters.” Whistleblowers: BlackRock Nailed in Separation Agreement Enforcement Action As Yogi Berra might put it,…
  • Jan 17

    Pulling in the “REINS”: Congress Wants More Rulemaking Control

    Pulling in the “REINS”: Congress Wants More Rulemaking Control
    This Davis Polk blog discusses an abundance of legislative initiatives designed to enhance Congressional control over the agency rulemaking process. In early January, the House passed two separate statutes that would make it easier for…
  • Jan 13

    ESG: GRI’s New “Module” Standard

    ESG: GRI’s New “Module” Standard
    ESG – particularly sustainability & climate change – continues to grow in importance. There continues to be a multitude of standards to be aware of. The latest is a group of new standards from GRI (“Global Reporting…
Rank this Week: 294

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: 334

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/
  • Jan 18

    Henry Dean Watson Barred from Securities Industry

    Henry Dean Watson Barred from Securities Industry
    According to FINRA, Henry Dean Watson (CRD#: 1326969) has been permanently barred from the securities industry. On December 14, 2016, FINRA staff sent a request to Watson for on-the-record testimony in connection with an inquiry into an…
  • Jan 18

    What is a Mini-Tender Offer?

    What is a Mini-Tender Offer?
    A mini–tender offer is an offer to acquire a company’s shares directly from current investors in an amount less than 5% of issued stock. Investors who surrender their shares in a mini-tender offer without fully…
  • Jan 17

    Memorial Production Partners LP Files for Chapter 11

    Memorial Production Partners LP Files for Chapter 11
    Are you concerned about losses investing in Memorial Production Partners LP?   If so, the securities attorneys of The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses in a FINRA arbitration claim against the brokerage…
Rank this Week: 335

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/
  • Jan 18

    Breaking Up Is Not Hard To Do – Fractions, Scrip And Scrippage

    Breaking Up Is Not Hard To Do – Fractions, Scrip And Scrippage
    The California General Corporation Law explicitly authorizes a corporation to issue fractional shares.  Cal. Corp. Code § 407.  A corporation, however, is not required to do so.  Id.  In lieu of issuing fractions, a…
  • Jan 17

    Calling All Stock Certificate

    Calling All Stock Certificate
    Last week, Broc Romanek’s Mentor Blog addressed the question of what to do about outstanding stock certificates following a reverse stock split.  Today, I’ll weigh in with a California perspective. Section 422 of the…
  • Jan 13

    O Frabjous Day! Court Holds Passive Member Is Not “Doing Business”

    O Frabjous Day! Court Holds Passive Member Is Not “Doing Business”
    The State of California imposes its franchise tax on every corporation (other than a bank, financial corporation or exempt corporation) that is “doing business” in California.  Cal. Rev. & Tax Code §…
Rank this Week: 369

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: 452

Securities Lawyer 101

Securities Lawyer 101

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

https://www.securitieslawyer101.com/blog/
  • 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…
  • Jan 1

    Going Public Blog l Securities Lawyer 101

    Going Public Blog l Securities Lawyer 101
      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 with risks and…
  • Jan 8

    Traders Charged With Trading on Hacked From Lawyers – Posted by Brenda Hamilton

    Traders Charged With Trading on Hacked From Lawyers – Posted by Brenda Hamilton
    Going Public Lawyer  On December 27, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged three Chinese traders with fraudulently trading on hacked nonpublic market-moving information stolen from two prominent New York-based law firms,…
Rank this Week: 473

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/
  • Jan 10

    Board Diversity Series: Voices of proxy advisers and other influencer

    Board Diversity Series: Voices of proxy advisers and other influencer
    Amanda Linett and Cheryl De Los Santos -  Proxy advisers such as Institutional Shareholders Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis have started to respond to the changes in corporate governance relating to gender diversity, and to encourage…
  • Dec 9

    Keep Calm and Carry On - InterOil and Smoothwater

    Keep Calm and Carry On - InterOil and Smoothwater
    Sean Vanderpol - There are, generally speaking, relatively few judicial decisions touching on the practical aspects of M&A law in Canada, particularly when compared to the output of the Delaware courts.  In November, however, we saw…
  • Dec 9

    Board Diversity Series: Developments in gender diversity on Canadian board

    Board Diversity Series: Developments in gender diversity on Canadian board
     Alethea Au and Cara Cornacchia -  Catalyst’s recommendations for accelerating progress The Government of Ontario engaged Catalyst, a non-profit organization aimed at expanding opportunities for women in business, to…
Rank this Week: 490

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/
  • Jan 17

    FINRA Releases 2017 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter

    FINRA Releases 2017 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter
    FINRA has released its Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter  for 2017. The letter provides information about areas FINRA plans to review in its 2017 exams based on observations from its regulatory programs as well as input member…
  • Jan 13

    SEC News - Fraudulent EB-5 Offerings, Hackers, and FCPA Charge

    SEC News - Fraudulent EB-5 Offerings, Hackers, and FCPA Charge
    Businessman Settles Charges of Fraudulent EB-5 OfferingA Florida-based businessman has agreed to settle charges that he misused investor funds intended to create U.S. jobs through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.SEC Charges Lawyer With…
  • Jan 4

    Jay Clayton said to be top contender for Trump’s SEC chief - MarketWatch

    Jay Clayton said to be top contender for Trump’s SEC chief - MarketWatch
    Jay Clayton said to be top contender for Trump’s SEC chief - MarketWatch:"Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton has emerged as the leading candidate to be chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and could be announced as the nominee…
Rank this Week: 498

About Broker Fraud Blog

About Broker Fraud Blog

Covers compliance rules, duty of disclosure, elder abuse and fraud. By the Hayes Law Firm.

http://aboutbrokerfraud.typepad.com/about_broker_fraud_blog/
  • Dec 6

    SEC Freeze Assets in Alleged Diamond-Themed Ponzi Scheme

    SEC Freeze Assets in Alleged Diamond-Themed Ponzi Scheme
    The SEC alleges that Richard Dalton and Universal Consulting Resources LLC (UCR) raised approximately $17 million from investors for two fraudulent offerings. The programs were generally referred to as the “Trading Program” and the…
  • Sep 28

    Arbitrators Award Ten Times Amount of Investment in Auction Rate Securities Case

    Arbitrators Award Ten Times Amount of Investment in Auction Rate Securities Case
    Last month an arbitration panel ordered the investment firm USB financial to pay over $80 million in consequential investments to Kajeet, Inc., a company who markets cellphones for kids. Kajeet’s award fell short of the $110 million…
  • Aug 30

    Raymond James Must Buy Back Auction Rate Securitie

    Raymond James Must Buy Back Auction Rate Securitie
    A Texas couple got some great news last week from the FINRA arbitration panel that ruled on their claim. The panel ruled that the Raymond James Financial Inc. and broker Larry Milton must buy back some $925,000 worth of auction…
Rank this Week: 508

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/
  • Feb 3

    A Couple Of Things Not To Do In The NC Business Court

    A Couple Of Things Not To Do In The NC Business Court
    The NC Business Court's decision last month in Krawiec v. Manly, 2016 NCBC 7, illustrates a couple of things not to do in the Court. Don't Make "Aiding and Abetting" Claims The Plaintiff made a claim against some of the Defendants for aiding…
  • Jan 18

    Arbitration Provision Which Completely Prohibited Any Discovery Enforced By NC Business court.

    Arbitration Provision Which Completely Prohibited Any Discovery Enforced By NC Business court.
    I don't draft arbitration provisions in agreements, but if I did I would not draft one like the one in Taggart v. Physicians Pharmacy Alliance, Inc.  Not because it turned out to be unenforceable, but because it was found to be…
  • Jan 12

    NC Business Court Revokes Pro Hac Vice Admission Of Out Of State Lawyer

    NC Business Court Revokes Pro Hac Vice Admission Of Out Of State Lawyer
    Judge McGuire came down pretty hard on a Florida attorney admitted pro hac vice (meaning "for this one particular occasion") by another Superior Court Judge, in McCarthy v. Hampton, 2016NCBC 4.  He revoked the lawyer's admission and…
Rank this Week: 515

Representing Investors

Representing Investors

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

http://www.investorprotection.com/blog
  • Jan 16

    Time to Drain the Swamp at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission?

    Time to Drain the Swamp at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission?
    As reported by Gretchen Morgenson in The New York Times on January 13, 2017 (“S.E.C. Inertia on Paybacks Adds to Investor Harm”), when securities laws are broken and investors get hurt, the U.S. Securities & Exchange…
  • Jan 12

    Why Am I Losing Money in an Up Stock Market?

    Why Am I Losing Money in an Up Stock Market?
    The S&P 500,which is widely considered one of the best measures of the U.S. stock market, finished the year up over 11%. After some significant ups and downs over the past few years, the price of oil stabilized and posted some nice gains…
  • Jan 3

    Former Ameriprise Broker Radcliffe (Cliffe) Daly Suspended by FINRA

    Former Ameriprise Broker Radcliffe (Cliffe) Daly Suspended by FINRA
    According to FINRA’s Brokercheck public database, former Granger, IN Ameriprise broker Radcliffe (Cliffe) Daly was suspended by FINRA for the improper sales of the common stock of Sloud, Inc. Daly allegedly sold this Sloud penny-stock…
Rank this Week: 535

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/
  • Jan 18

    Tomorrow’s Webcast: “Privilege Issues in M&A”

    Tomorrow’s Webcast: “Privilege Issues in M&A”
    Tune in tomorrow for the webcast – “Privilege Issues in M&A” – to hear Alston & Bird’s Lisa Bugni, Bass Berry’s Joe Crace & Akin Gump’s Trey Muldrow discuss how to deal with the…
  • Jan 17

    2016 ABA Strategic Buyer/Public Target Deal Points Study

    2016 ABA Strategic Buyer/Public Target Deal Points Study
    The ABA’s Mergers & Acquisitions Committee recently released its “2016 Strategic Buyer/Public Target Deal Points Study.”  Here are just some interesting findings: – While 100% of Merger Agreements called…
  • Jan 13

    Controller Transactions: A 360 Degree Review

    Controller Transactions: A 360 Degree Review
    Sorting out all of the nuances in Delaware’s approach to transactions involving controlling stockholders can be a challenge.  The courts apply different standards of review depending on whether the controller is the…
Rank this Week: 584

Ponzitracker

Ponzitracker

Covers Ponzi schemes. By Jordan Maglich.

http://www.ponzitracker.com/
  • Jan 27

    SEC Charges Wisconsin Man With $10.4 Million Ponzi Scheme

    SEC Charges Wisconsin Man With $10.4 Million Ponzi Scheme
    A Wisconsin man was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with operating a Ponzi scheme that took in more than $10 million from at least 122 investors.  Loren Holzhueter, 69, was the subject of an emergency enforcement action…
  • Jan 26

    Ohio CPA Gets 21 Years For Role In $40 Million Ponzi Scheme

    Ohio CPA Gets 21 Years For Role In $40 Million Ponzi Scheme
    An Ohio man was sentenced to serve twenty-one years in federal prison for his role in funnelling investors to the massive "Black Diamond" Ponzi scheme that ultimately duped over 400 investors out of at least $40 million.  Jonathan…
  • Jan 26

    California Men Plead Guilty To $100 Million ATM Ponzi Scheme

    California Men Plead Guilty To $100 Million ATM Ponzi Scheme
    Two California men have entered guilty pleas to operating a massive Ponzi scheme that allegedly caused losses of over $100 million to victims who thought they were investing in a profitable ATM leasing operation.  Joel Barry Gillis, 74,…
Rank this Week: 690

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/
  • Nov 29

    Can a FINRA Securities Arbitration Award be Appealed?

    Can a FINRA Securities Arbitration Award be Appealed?
    Yes, technically, but in reality, no.  Under the law, a FINRA securities arbitration award can be appealed, but practically speaking, arbitration awards are rarely changed when appealed.   Indeed, under the Federal Arbitration…
  • Nov 28

    What Are the Key Differences Between Arbitrating an Investor Case Before FINRA and Suing in Court?

    What Are the Key Differences Between Arbitrating an Investor Case Before FINRA and Suing in Court?
    An investor who is abused by his or her securities broker cannot sue in court.  Instead, the investor must sue the broker or the brokerage firm in arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, otherwise known as…
  • Nov 3

    Managing Finances After the Death of a Loved One

    Managing Finances After the Death of a Loved One
    In September 2016, the Florida Office of Financial Regulation issued a Consumer Alert titled “Managing Finances After the Death of a Loved One.”   The alert makes a number of helpful recommendations to take following the…
Rank this Week: 754

Business Blog

Business Blog

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

http://www.businesslawnews.com/
  • Sep 27

    Business Cases to Watch on U.S. Supreme Court’s Docket

    Business Cases to Watch on U.S. Supreme Court’s Docket
    September also means the end of summer break for the U.S. Supreme Court. When the justices return to the bench for the October 2016 Term, they will consider a number of key commercial law issues. This post offers a brief summary of several…
  • Aug 17

    Are Employee Breaks Mandated by New Jersey Law?

    Are Employee Breaks Mandated by New Jersey Law?
    Are you required to provide employee breaks? Both employers and employees alike are often surprised to learn that federal employment laws do not require employers to set specific intervals or even make time for employees to take work breaks…
  • Aug 2

    SEC Adopts New Rules for Administrative Proceeding

    SEC Adopts New Rules for Administrative Proceeding
    What You Need to Know about the SEC’s New Rules for Administrative Proceedings The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted several amendments to its rules of practice governing administrative proceedings. According to…
Rank this Week: 786

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Covers hedge fund laws and starting a hedge fund.

http://www.hedgefundlawblog.com
  • Jan 5

    Anecdotal Evidence of Strong Investor Appetite in 2017

    Anecdotal Evidence of Strong Investor Appetite in 2017
    Hedge funds to be attractive investments in new year? By: Bart Mallon Over the past couple of years hedge funds have seemingly taken a back seat to private equity, which has seen a significant amount of attention and inflows from…
  • Jan 4

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon EOY Update

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon EOY Update
    www.colefrieman.com January 4, 2016 Clients, Friends, Associates:While the holiday season is a cause for celebration and reflection, it is also the busiest time of the year for most investment managers.  Year-end administrative upkeep…
  • Jul 22

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon 2016 Second Quarter Update

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon 2016 Second Quarter Update
     www.colefrieman.com July 22, 2016 Clients and Friends: We hope that this message finds you well and that you are enjoying the first months of summer. As we move into the third quarter, we would like to provide you with a brief overview…
Rank this Week: 793

White Collar Fraud

White Collar Fraud

Covers white collar crime, securities fraud, the accounting profession, internal controls and Sarbanes-Oxley. By Sam E. Antar.

http://whitecollarfraud.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 30

    Overstock.com Hatchet Man Judd Bagley's Downward Spiral: Junkie, Confessed Criminal, Admitted Adulterer

    Overstock.com Hatchet Man Judd Bagley's Downward Spiral: Junkie, Confessed Criminal, Admitted Adulterer
    In the years that I’ve written extensively about Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK), I have always been amazed about its bizarre CEO Patrick Byrne and the gang of misfits he has surrounded himself with. By far, the worst was a real loser…
  • Feb 5

    Crook vs. Crook: Why Former Congressman Michael Grimm is a Dumb Crook

    Crook vs. Crook: Why Former Congressman Michael Grimm is a Dumb Crook
    In my first segment of a series of Op-ed articles about white-collar crime on CNBC, I examine the case of former Republican Congressman Michael Grimm who recently pleaded guilty to income tax evasion and awaits sentencing on June 8, 2015.New…
  • Dec 31

    White Collar Fraud List of Blog Posts for 2014

    White Collar Fraud List of Blog Posts for 2014
    December 19, 2014: Cleveland.com - Crazy Eddie CFO shares how companies trick auditors and fleece investors: Plain Dealing, by Sheryl HarrisDecember 3, 2014: Going Concern - Ex-Crazy Eddie CFO's 10 Tips for Advancing Your Accounting Career by…
Rank this Week: 842

The 10b-5 Daily

The 10b-5 Daily

Covers securities class action litigation. By Lyle Roberts.

http://www.the10b-5daily.com/
  • Jan 7

    Halliburton Settled (Again)

    Halliburton Settled (Again)
    When the district court rejected a $6 million settlement in the Halliburton securities class action back in 2004, the judge probably expected the parties to renegotiate.  Many years later, after a change in plaintiffs’ counsel,…
  • Dec 5

    Not Exactly Meritle

    Not Exactly Meritle
    Can a company face securities fraud liability for describing a lawsuit brought against it as “meritless” if the plaintiff goes on to win a big verdict?  In Grobler v. Neovasc, Inc., 2016 WL 6897760 (D. Mass. Nov.…
  • Nov 7

    On This Record

    On This Record
    On the same day that it issued its “Model V” decision, the Second Circuit issued another opinion in the Vivendi securities litigation addressing whether “value investors” can invoke the fraud-on-the-market…
Rank this Week: 930

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/
  • Dec 9

    Supreme Court affirms family insider trading conviction

    Supreme Court affirms family insider trading conviction
    On Tuesday, The United States Supreme Court unanimously affirmed an insider trading conviction by finding that inside information exchanged between relatives violates federal security laws. The case is Salman v. United States. The decision…
  • May 20

    SEC forces Mickelson to return $1 million from insider trading

    SEC forces Mickelson to return $1 million from insider trading
    PGA golfer Phil Mickelson agreed to forfeit almost $1 million that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said was obtained through insider trading. Mickelson was named as a “relief defendant” in a criminal case, filed in…
  • Jan 28

    Delaware Courts continue scrutiny of “disclosure only” settlements in M&A litigation

    Delaware Courts continue scrutiny of “disclosure only” settlements in M&A litigation
    On Jan. 22, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery released its opinion in In re Trulia Stockholder Litigation in which it rejected a “disclosure only” settlement of a shareholders’ suit challenging an M&A transaction.…
Rank this Week: 978

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/
Rank this Week: 1015

Sharesleuth.com

Sharesleuth.com

Offers investigative reporting aimed at exposing securities fraud. By Chris Carey.

http://sharesleuth.com/
Rank this Week: 1043

Wall Street Investment Fraud…

Wall Street Investment Fraud Lawyer Blog

Covers Ponzi schemes, investment fraud, and other scams. By The Doss Firm.

http://www.wallstreetinvestmentfraudlawyer.com/
Rank this Week: 1045

BD Law Blog

BD Law Blog

Features news, updates and thoughts regarding broker-dealer and investment adviser regulation and legal and compliance issues. By the Beck Law Firm, LLC.

http://www.bdlawblog.com/
  • Feb 13

    We've Moved. Great Content Still - But at New Site!

    We've Moved. Great Content Still - But at New Site!
    Posts here at BDLawBlog.com have been infrequent of late. We've been working to roll out a new online presence for The Beck Law Firm, LLC, that incorporates our blog. After more than seven years here, and more than 500 posts,...
  • Jan 7

    SEC Affirms FINRA Sanctions for Broker Taking Client Info. to New Firm

    SEC Affirms FINRA Sanctions for Broker Taking Client Info. to New Firm
    On December 15, 2014, the SEC affirmed a FINRA disciplinary action finding that a broker violated Conduct Rule 2110 when that broker downloaded certain confidential and nonpublic customer information for more than 2000 clients of his former…
  • Dec 19

    Lessons learned from putting on "the Suit."

    Lessons learned from putting on "the Suit."
    Every now and then I use my blog to share with you things not necessarily related to the law, or to our practice areas of financial markets law, estate planning or business law. Today's one of those days, and I...
Rank this Week: 1123

Inside Sarbanes Oxley

Inside Sarbanes Oxley

Covers Sarbanes-Oxley and compliance.

http://insidesarbanesoxley.com/
  • Sep 10

    Whistleblowing – What you need to know about the Dodd-Frank Act

    Whistleblowing – What you need to know about the Dodd-Frank Act
    If your organization isn’t already offering incentives to ferret out inappropriate behaviors, the new Dodd-Frank Act and whistleblowing rewards just might (and could make your company the next public spectacle). Deloitte’s…
  • May 26

    Internal Audit: The Continuous Conundrum

    Internal Audit: The Continuous Conundrum
    The department painstakingly went through its inventory of SOX controls to determine which ones could be assessed just by analyzing data in company systems. Then data-analytic scripts were written to allow exceptions to be found. Now, for…
  • May 26

    How to choose the right nonexecutive board leader

    How to choose the right nonexecutive board leader
    Ever since stock-listing requirements prompted many US companies to name an independent director to serve as the chairman, lead director, or presiding director of the board, these companies have been grappling with what, exactly, this board…
Rank this Week: 1163

Securities Arbitration Blog

Securities Arbitration Blog

Covers the happenings in the Securities and Investment Fraud Sector. By Guiliano Law Firm.

http://www.securitiesarbitrations.com
  • Jun 10

    Pittsburgh Area Stockbroker Patricia S. Miller Alleged to Have Stolen Millions from Customer

    Pittsburgh Area Stockbroker Patricia S. Miller Alleged to Have Stolen Millions from Customer
    andnbsp;Hairdressor, Marcy Salandra went to her stockbrokerandrsquo;s office at Investors Capital Corporation in McMurray Pennsylvania to withdraw money to buy a house. andnbsp;However, instead of meeting her broker Patricia S. Miller, she…
  • Apr 18

    Lawyers Tempt Fate Before Second Circuit and No One Likes What They May Get

    Lawyers Tempt Fate Before Second Circuit and No One Likes What They May Get
    Last year, a Connecticut based hedge fund, Turnberry Capital Management LP, filed a FINRA arbitration securities claim against SunTrust Banks, Inc. to recover $13 million it lost in 2007 by investing in mortgage backed securities. However,…
  • Mar 13

    Investment Fraudsters: You have a friend in Pennsylvania

    Investment Fraudsters: You have a friend in Pennsylvania
    What does a big firm commercial defense lawyer, a banker, a healthcare lobbyist, a parking authority commissioner and an Allegheny parks commissioner all have in common? andnbsp; Apparently, they are all friends of Pennsylvania Governor Tom…
Rank this Week: 1166

California Securities Fraud Lawyer…

California Securities Fraud Lawyer Blog

Covers securities regulation, fiduciaries, and securities disputes news and updates. Published By Alcala Law Firm.

http://www.californiasecuritiesfraudlawyerblog.com/
  • Dec 31

    A Securities Lawyer's Top 10 Tips for Senior Investor

    A Securities Lawyer's Top 10 Tips for Senior Investor
    Reject aggressive salespeople. Don't feel pressured to act quickly. Give yourself time to do your homework. Don't be afraid to say "no." Request to be put on the "do not call" list. Ask questions. Ask what licenses the salesperson has. Get…
  • Dec 31

    A Securities Lawyer's Top 10 Tips for Senior Investor

    A Securities Lawyer's Top 10 Tips for Senior Investor
    Reject aggressive salespeople. Don't feel pressured to act quickly. Give yourself time to do your homework. Don't be afraid to say "no." Request to be put on the "do not call" list. Ask questions. Ask what licenses the salesperson has. Get…
  • Nov 10

    Investor Alert: Magnum Hunter Resources to be Delisted

    Investor Alert: Magnum Hunter Resources to be Delisted
    Today, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) announced their decision to proceed with delisting Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (NYSE: MHR). Trading in MHR's common stock will be suspended immediately causing irreparable harm to many main…
Rank this Week: 1223

Cosgrove Law Securities and…

Cosgrove Law Securities and Investment Blog

News and commentary on the latest securities and investment developments.

http://securitiesandinvestmentblog.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 22

    FINRA Statutory Disqualifications and the MC-400 Proce

    FINRA Statutory Disqualifications and the MC-400 Proce
    Under the Securities Exchange Commission’s authority FINRA promulgates rules of its own as a self regulatory organization (“SRO”). Pursuant to FINRA’s By-Laws (and the By-Laws of the NASD and the NYSE before it) a…
  • Sep 28

    NASAA Releases Its 2016 Enforcement Report

    NASAA Releases Its 2016 Enforcement Report
    The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) recently released its Enforcement Report for 2016, an annual publication providing a general overview of the activities of the state securities agencies responsible for the…
  • Sep 21

    Financial Advisors Expunging Baseless Customer Complaints in State Court

    Financial Advisors Expunging Baseless Customer Complaints in State Court
    The Internet is awash with articles about “bad brokers” with clean U-4s, and “rouge brokers” obtaining expungements of valid customer complaints.  Indeed, studies have been published ostensibly demonstrating that…
Rank this Week: 1251

Securities Compliance Sentinel

Securities Compliance Sentinel

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

http://securitiescompliancesentinel.foxrothschild.com
  • Dec 13

    SEC Chair White Refuses To Delay New Rule

    SEC Chair White Refuses To Delay New Rule
    According to Fortune, outgoing Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White is refusing to delay adoption of new rules and regulations.  Senate Republicans–in particular the Senate Banking Committee’s top two…
  • Dec 12

    What are you doing to prevent a data breach

    What are you doing to prevent a data breach
    A broker-dealer recently agreed to pay a $650,000 fine after an OSJ’s cloud vendor failed to adequately protect customer information. Apparently, an outside hacker was able to gain access to non-public personal information about the…
  • Dec 7

    More Departures Announced by Top SEC Official

    More Departures Announced by Top SEC Official
    Following up on our earlier report that Mary Jo White, the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, will step down at the end of the Obama administration, news of other departures within the SEC has begun to spread.  The…
Rank this Week: 1293

Fitapelli Kurta News

Fitapelli Kurta News

Features stock fraud news.

http://stopbrokerfraud.com/news/
  • Jan 18

    Customer Seeking $1 Million in Damages From Broker Norman Sicard

    Customer Seeking $1 Million in Damages From Broker Norman Sicard
    Publicly available records provided by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on January 13, 2017 indicate that former Iowa-based Broker Dealer Financial Services broker Norman Sicard is currently not affiliated with any…
  • Jan 17

    Daniel Pikula Received a Regulatory Sanction

    Daniel Pikula Received a Regulatory Sanction
    Publicly available records provided by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on January 11, 2017 indicate that former Florida-based Newbridge Securities broker Daniel Pikula has been sanctioned by FINRA and is currently not…
  • Jan 17

    Brian Perry Suspended From Acting as a Broker

    Brian Perry Suspended From Acting as a Broker
    Publicly available records provided by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on January 11, 2017 indicate that former Florida-based Ameriprise Financial Services broker/adviser Brian Perry has been sanctioned by FINRA and…
Rank this Week: 1330

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
  • Jan 13

    SEC Collateral Bars Set Aside In Dramatic Bartko Victory

    SEC Collateral Bars Set Aside In Dramatic Bartko Victory
    In 2010, Gregory Bartko was convicted in federal court of conspiracy, mail fraud, and unregistered securities sales. Following on that convicttion, in 2012, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") instituted…
  • Jan 11

    NSF Check Kiter Snagged In FINRA Regulatory Tree

    NSF Check Kiter Snagged In FINRA Regulatory Tree
    It's not exactly a scene from Mary Poppins when the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority sings about kites. The grumpy self-regulatory organization warns registered reps that they may get snagged in the old regulatory tree if they try to…
  • Jan 10

    SEC Fines BlackRock For Financial Disincentive Provision For Whistleblower

    SEC Fines BlackRock For Financial Disincentive Provision For Whistleblower
    On July 21, 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted and among its provisions were those providing for "Whistleblower Incentives and Protection." The age of whistleblowing had dawned and…
Rank this Week: 1355

Startup Law Blog

Startup Law Blog

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

http://www.startuplawblog.com/
  • Sep 17

    Chip-and-PIN (EMV) Credit Card Liability Shift is Oct. 1: Are You Ready?

    Chip-and-PIN (EMV) Credit Card Liability Shift is Oct. 1: Are You Ready?
    October 1 is right around the corner. Merchants, retailers, hotels and restaurants: are you ready for what’s in your customers’ wallets? Starting next month, the payment card industry’s transition to chip-and-PIN (also known…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1399

ComplianceAsia News

ComplianceAsia News

Provides information for compliance professionals dealing with issues in financial regulation with a focus on the Asian region.

http://www.compliance.asia/
  • Feb 6

    WSJ report highlights significant concerns about the nature of global AML system

    WSJ report highlights significant concerns about the nature of global AML system
    Finally there is some reporting about the dirty little secret of global AML enforcement - it might not work.  The following was reported in the Wall Street Journal today and we recommend you read the full article: The Morning Risk…
  • Oct 27

    New FATF announcements regarding the progress various countries are making on AML CFT

    New FATF announcements regarding the progress various countries are making on AML CFT
    On Friday the SFC sent around a circular to licensed firms with details of a number of additions to the AML sanctions regime and this included advice from the FATF that some countries were not doing enough to improve their AML CFT…
  • Oct 23

    Mary Jo White sets out her views on the role of compliance

    Mary Jo White sets out her views on the role of compliance
    SEC Chair, Mary Jo White, recently spoke to an industry association in the United States and talked about the importance of the rule of compliance officers.  Here is the speech: Remarks at National Society of Compliance Professionals…
Rank this Week: 1658

Proxyland

Proxyland

Covers corporate governance.

http://proxyland.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 6

    One Blog Closes, Another Open

    One Blog Closes, Another Open
    Big news, dear readers.
  • Feb 17

    Stimulus Plan Attacks Executive Compensation: Stay Tuned

    Stimulus Plan Attacks Executive Compensation: Stay Tuned
    Everyone knows about the freaky fireball that plummeted through the Texas sky last weekend. In an unrelated development, a fireball suddenly appeared in the skies over Proxyland on Friday. That one, however, has been identified: it’s Title…
  • Feb 11

    Geithner's Financial Stability Plan, Or Whatever

    Geithner's Financial Stability Plan, Or Whatever
    C’mon now, everyone. Cheer up. At least Tim Geithner is easier on the eyes than Hank Paulson, whose face seemed to have the words “we’re all gonna die” written on it no matter what he was saying.
Rank this Week: 1676

Securities Lawyers Blog

Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities law. By Gana LLP.

http://www.securitieslawyersblog.com/
  • Jan 16

    Ken Balser Barred by FINRA Over Allegations of Private Securities Transaction

    Ken Balser Barred by FINRA Over Allegations of Private Securities Transaction
    Our firm is investigating claims made by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) when the regulator barred broker Ken Balser (Balser).  According to FINRA settlement, Balser consented to sanctions that he refused to appear…
  • Jan 16

    Tye Williams Barred by FINRA Over Allegations of Converting Customer Fund

    Tye Williams Barred by FINRA Over Allegations of Converting Customer Fund
    Our firm is investigating claims made by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) when the regulator barred broker Tye Williams (Williams).  According to FINRA settlement, Williams consented to sanctions that he failed to…
  • Jan 14

    Gana LLP Files Complaint on behalf of Client Defrauded by Dean Mustaphalli

    Gana LLP Files Complaint on behalf of Client Defrauded by Dean Mustaphalli
    The securities fraud attorneys at Gana LLP have recently filed a complaint on behalf of a client alleging that Dean Mustaphalli (Mustaphalli) engaged in securities fraud.  The claim was brought against brokerage firms Sterne Agee…
Rank this Week: 1682

InvestorLawyers.net

InvestorLawyers.net

Covers the right to recover money from dishonest stockbrokers and investment advisers.

http://www.investorlawyers.net/blog/
  • Oct 13

    Former NEXT Financial Broker Douglas P. Simanski Barred for Alleged Theft

    Former NEXT Financial Broker Douglas P. Simanski Barred for Alleged Theft
      Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) records indicate that Douglas P. Simanski (Simanski), a former stockbroker who was associated with NEXT Financial Group, has been permanently barred from the brokerage…
  • Oct 13

    Platinum Partners Hedge Funds Under Scrutiny

    Platinum Partners Hedge Funds Under Scrutiny
    Platinum Partners LP Funds are under scrutiny after federal agents reportedly raided the funds’ New York offices in July 2016.  Hedge fund entities sponsored by Platinum Partners include the Platinum Partners Value Arbitrage Funds,…
  • Oct 13

    FINRA Fines Investors Capital Over Unit Investment Trust Sale

    FINRA Fines Investors Capital Over Unit Investment Trust Sale
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently fined Investors Capital Corporation $250,000 over the sale of unit investment trusts (UITs).  Investors Capital did not admit or deny the allegations leading to the fine, but…
Rank this Week: 1728

Securities Class Action &…

Securities Class Action & Arbitration Law

Covers securities class action litigation and FINRA arbitrations, SEC regulatory developments and FINRA disciplinary decisions. By Jay Eng.

http://securitiesattorneys.us/
Rank this Week: 1770

Dividends and Preferences

Dividends and Preferences

Musings on Venture Capital, Technology and Entrepreneurship. By Hank J. Heyming.

http://www.dividendsandpreferences.com/
  • Jan 24

    Microsoft/Skype -- Putting Things into Perspective

    Microsoft/Skype -- Putting Things into Perspective
    {EAV:984c4a016f17013d} Microsoft acquires Skype! Largest Microsoft acquisition ever!! Facebook jilted!!! Google jilted!!!! Wait, Facebook wins through Microsoft!!!!! Wait, Microsoft overpaid by $4 billion with a B!!!!!! OMG Google just…
  • May 10

    Nerd Chic

    Nerd Chic
    Lately, I've noticed a new twist to the typical ebb and flow of the fashion wars.  It occurred to me that, for perhaps the first time in my lifetime, it is cool right now to be a nerd.
  • Apr 25

    Out and About

    Out and About
    Hey folks -- I'm getting ready to head down to the RTP area for the annual CED Venture Conference.  This year it is in downtown Raleigh, instead of Pinehurst, and looks to be bigger and better than ever. So, if anyone happens to be in the…
Rank this Week: 1779