Category Archives: SEC Investigation

Why Is It So Hard To Defend Against Insider Trading Charges? Qualcomm Employees Face SEC and Criminal Charges

In February 2014, Chinese antitrust regulators announced that they suspected wireless technology company Qualcomm Inc. of overcharging its customers and abusing its powerful market position. According to reports, Qualcomm could face fines of up to $1 billion (cue Austin Powers-like … Continue reading

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Was There a Fox in the Henhouse? Corporate Auditor at Public Company Charged with Insider Trading

As someone who handles litigation and white-collar criminal matters, I’m often troubled by my clients’ corporate audit department. It will author lengthy, non-privileged reports about processes at companies that don’t work. Those reports put everyone on notice about those failing … Continue reading

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What Does the TD In TD Bank Stand For? Also, Did TD Bank’s Vice President Help Scott Rothstein’s Ponzi Scheme?

The SEC and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency both claimed that TD Bank assisted Scott Rothstein—the Florida lawyer currently serving 50 years in prison for a Ponzi scheme—with committing fraud. The OCC contended that TD Bank violated … Continue reading

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Seven Fun Ways To Commit Insider Trading

There have been several high-profile insider trading cases recently. I can’t do justice to the facts of all the recent cases, but here’s a quick sampling of some of the more interesting cases. 1.         Use a Facebook Friend.  Badin Rungruangnavarat, … Continue reading

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Maybe the Third Time’s a Charm: SEC Charges Oppenheimer Private Equity Fund Manager with Misleading Investors

The website for private investment company Oppenheimer & Co. says the company traces its roots back to the 1870s and a gentleman named Harris C. Fahnestock. Mr. Fahnestock was apparently an investment advisor to President Abraham Lincoln. The website carefully … Continue reading

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First Is the Worst: SEC Forces Hedge Fund Manager To Admit Wrongdoing Under New Policy

It’s not often that someone wishes the government investigated him earlier. But Philip Falcone, the hedge fund advisor for Harbinger Capital, may be wishing exactly that. Mr. Falcone and Harbinger Capital recently agreed to settle an SEC investigation against them … Continue reading

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He Can’t Just Reboot To Fix This Problem: IT Guy at Coffee Company Accused of Insider Trading by SEC

One thing I miss about my former BigLaw firm is having the IT department around to help when something goes wrong with my computer. One thing I don’t miss is having the IT department tell me to reboot my computer … Continue reading

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New Technology, Old-School Fraud: SEC Goes After Bitcoin-Based Ponzi Scheme

A confession: I picked this post topic because I kept seeing articles about Bitcoins and still did not understand what the heck they were. So I figured that if I wrote a post about it, then I’d be forced to … Continue reading

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The Devil’s in the Details: The SEC’s Case Against Steven A. Cohen

We’ve all seen the headline: “SEC charges S.A.C. Capital’s Steven A. Cohen.” There has been so much press about this investigation, particularly the criminal side of it, that it almost feels as though the SEC had to charge him or … Continue reading

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What is the SEC’s “Cross-Border Working Group”? This Chinese Company’s Executive Is Getting a Tough Lesson

You may not have heard of the SEC’s Cross-Border Working Group but if you are a company with substantial foreign operations that trades in the United States, chances are the Working Group has heard of you. Since it began, the … Continue reading

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