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Millions of Hidden Stock Trades About To Be Revealed

Millions of previously hidden U.S. stock trades will be revealed for the first time on Monday December 9. Previously, odd lots, which are trades of fewer than 100 shares, have not been revealed on the publicly available “consolidated tape,” with only big investment banks and sophisticated...

Merrill Lynch Settles SEC Charges of Misleading CDO Investors, and Will Pay $131 Million

Merrill Lynch, charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with making faulty disclosures about collateral selection for two collateralized debt obligations (CDO) that it structured and marketed to investors, and with maintaining inaccurate books and records for a third CDO, has settled the charges...

For the SEC, 2013 Was a Very Good Year for Targeting Financial Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission had a very good year targeting financial fraud. Those who commit fraud, not so much. In fiscal year 2013, the SEC’s enforcement actions resulted in a record $3.4 billion in monetary sanctions ordered against wrongdoers. The SEC filed 686 enforcement...

A Clue About #8 in Financial Fraud Law for the Year: Look at Bryan Cave’s Next Firm-Wide Leader

As the Financial Fraud Law Blog continues its countdown of the Top 10 in Financial Fraud Law for the year, we are going to begin with a clue: Bryan Cave. Give up? The clue is relevant to our Top 10 list because the international law firm has just named its next global chair: Therese D. Pritchard...

‘Maybe Just Whistle’: #7 in Financial Fraud Law for the Year

“You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and ... blow.” That’s what Lauren...

Yes, We Admit It! We Now Have #3 in Financial Fraud Law

For decades, when a company agreed to settle financial fraud-related charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company typically would pay a fine. Sometimes a large one. The company also typically would insist on a provision in the settlement documentation in which it would neither admit...

Michael Osnato Becomes Chief of SEC Enforcement Division’s Complex Financial Instruments Unit

Michael J. Osnato, Jr., has been named chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division unit that conducts investigations into complex financial instruments. Osnato, who joined the SEC staff in 2008 and who has served as an assistant director in the New York Regional Office...

The SEC’s Agenda for This Year? Here It Is…

The Securities and Exchange Commission has just announced its examination priorities for 2014, which cover a wide range of issues at financial institutions, including investment advisers and investment companies, broker-dealers, clearing agencies, exchanges and other self-regulatory organizations, hedge...

Broker Burned by Burger King Stock Tips

A former stockbroker who was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with misappropriating material nonpublic information from his customer and using it to trade Burger King Holding, Inc.’s securities and to tip others before the company’s September 2, 2010 announcement that it...

KPMG Charged with Violating Auditor Independence Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged public accounting firm KPMG with violating rules that require auditors to remain independent from the public companies they are auditing to ensure they maintain their objectivity and impartiality. Additionally, the SEC issued a separate report about...

3 Key Takeaways from Securities Class Action Filings Report

Once again, Cornerstone Research and the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse have prepared an annual report on the securities class action filings. And, once again, the report, Securities Class Action Filings—2013 Year in Review , has a plethora of information. We think...

Trading in 255 Dormant Shell Companies Suspended by SEC

In a microcap fraud-fighting initiative that the Securities and Exchange Commission refers to as Operation Shell-Expel , the SEC has suspended trading in 255 dormant shell companies that it said were “ripe for abuse in the over-the-counter market.” According to the SEC, so-called “pump...

Illegal Parking Alleged by Two Wall Street Traders

The Securities and Exchange Commission has brought charges against two Wall Street traders allegedly involved in a fraudulent “parking” scheme in which one temporarily placed securities in the other’s trading book to avoid penalties that would affect his year-end bonus. And, once...