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This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending October 19, 2012)

Significant events this week included the proposal by the SEC of additional swaps rules regarding security-based swap dealers and major participants. Enforcement settled a "suspicious trading" insider trading action with a Hong Kong based entity while initiating a case against an investment...

SEC Settles Spoofing, Unregistered Broker Charges

High speed trading and its impact on the markets is the topic de jour. Author Michael Lewis claims the markets are “rigged,” a statement which no doubt will help sell his latest book centered on high speed trading. Now the trading technique, which has been a large part of the markets in recent...

HSBC Unit Settles Unregistered Broker-Advisor Charges With SEC

A Swiss unit of U.K. financial services giant HSBC Holdings plc. settled charges that the firm repeatedly sold securities and rendered advisory services in the U.S. without registering with the Commission despite legal advice to the contrary. Although the wrongful conduct ended in 2011 in the wake of...

SEC Brings Microcap Fraud Actions Against Unregistered Broker, Oil and Gas Company Executives

The Commission continues to focus on microcap fraud actions with two new manipulation cases involving penny stocks. In one a former registered representative acted as an unregistered broker and then engaged in a series of wash sales. In the Matter of Paul J. Pollack, Adm. Proc File No. 3-16316 (December...

Oppenheimer Settles with SEC, FinCEN

Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. settled an action with the SEC centered on violations of the broker registration provisions, a failure to file suspicious activity reports or SARS and the sale of unregistered penny stock shares. The settlement is based in part on admissions that the firm violated the Federal...