Daily Archives: February 12, 2020, 1:38 pm

Royal Bank of Scotland whistleblower sues U.S. agencies in bounty battle – Reuters

An ex-Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) (RBS.L) employee is suing the U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for records that could relate to a bounty he says he is owed under a post-crisis whistleblower program. Victor Hong alleges the U.S. agencies “capriciously” and “in bad faith” flouted the law when assessing whether he was due a payout…

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Qatar bans cryptocurrencies after updating its AML laws | The FCPA Blog

Following Qatar’s AML regulatory updates, the Qatar Financial Center Regulatory Authority (QFCRA) via twitter announced that all services involving cryptocurrencies have been banned throughout the Qatar Financial Center until further notice. The QFCRA — with 500 firms and $20 billion in combined total assets under management– operates its own legal, regulatory and tax infrastructure. via Qatar bans cryptocurrencies after updating…

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Former SEC Trial Lawyer Haima Marlier Joins Morrison & Foerster as a Partner in New York | Morrison & Foerster

Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that Haima Marlier has joined the firm in its New York office as a partner in its Securities Litigation, Securities Enforcement, and Investigations + White-Collar Defense Groups. Ms. Marlier joins Morrison & Foerster from the Enforcement Division of the New York office of the Securities & Exchange Commission…

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Paul A. Montoya Named Associate Regional Director in Chicago Office

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Paul A. Montoya has been named Associate Regional Director for Enforcement in the Chicago Regional Office.  Mr. Montoya succeeds Robert J. Burson, who retired from the agency in October 2019. Mr. Montoya will now oversee the Chicago office’s enforcement efforts in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin along…

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SEC Charges Orchestrator of Cryptocurrency Scheme Ensnaring Physicians

The SEC alleges that Michael W. Ackerman, along with two business partners, raised at least $33 million by claiming to investors that he had developed a proprietary algorithm that allowed him to generate extraordinary profits while trading in cryptocurrencies. According to the SEC’s complaint, physicians in particular made investments in two entities, Q3 Trading Club and Q3 I LP, when…

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