Monthly Archives: February 2021

SEC Suspends Trading in Multiple Issuers Based on Social Media and Trading Activity

As part of its continuing effort to respond to potential attempts to exploit investors during the recent market volatility, the Securities and Exchange Commission today suspended trading in the securities of 15 companies because of questionable trading and social media activity. Source: SEC.gov | SEC Suspends Trading in Multiple Issuers Based on Social Media and Trading Activity

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Stephanie Avakian, Former SEC Enforcement Director, Rejoins WilmerHale | WilmerHale

WilmerHale is pleased to announce that Stephanie Avakian, most recently Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, is rejoining the firm as Chair of its Securities and Financial Services Department and member of the Management Committee. Stephanie will rejoin the firm later in the year and will have a wide-ranging public company and financial services industry practice…

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Elizabeth Holmes denies destroying evidence in Theranos case

“The reason that the government has built its case on this teetering card house of irrelevant evidence is that it lost—or, worse, did not want to analyze preindictment—the actual evidence of testing results in this case,” Holmes’ attorneys argued. However, prosecutors allege that Theranos executives destroyed the LIS system that proved her blood-testing product was inaccurate. Source: Elizabeth Holmes denies…

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NYAG’s Probe of Bitfinex, Tether Ends in an $18.5M Settlement – CoinDesk

Charles Michael, a partner at law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLC who represented the companies in the inquiry, said the settlement “resolves allegations about public disclosures” around Tether’s loan to Bitfinex. “To the Attorney General’s office’s credit, after two and a half years of investigation, [its] findings are limited only to the nature and timing of certain disclosures,” Michael said.…

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SEC Awards More Than $9.2 Million to Whistleblower for Successful Related Actions, Including Agreement With DOJ

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of more than $9.2 million to a whistleblower who provided information that led to successful related actions by the U.S. Department of Justice, one of which was a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) or deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). The whistleblower previously received an award for contributions to an SEC enforcement action based on…

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The Sure Thing podcast: ‘It was just chaos’: The day police cracked an $8 million scam

One of the men behind Australia’s biggest insider trading case has broken his silence, detailing his role in a heist of almost $8 million involving secret accounts, betrayal and a police chase resembling a mafia sting. Christopher Hill, who worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics at the time, and passed confidential information to NAB trader, Lukas Kamay, speaks about…

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Standing Up the PCAOB: A Discussion with PCAOB’s Founding Board Members and Audit Profession. | SEC Historical Society

This live broadcast will focus on the early history of the PCAOB and provide a first-hand understanding of the challenges and opportunities of being a new regulator (Panel I) and newly regulated (Panel II) in the environment of the just-passed Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Our confirmed guests include: Panel I – Founding PCAOB Board Members Kayla J. Gillan Daniel L. Goelzer Willis…

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SEC Commissioners Square Off Over Enforcement Settlement Process | Bass Berry & Sims

In one of her first official actions as Acting Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission), Allison Herren Lee reversed a major policy implemented by recently departed SEC Chairman Jay Clayton involving the SEC enforcement settlement process.  This decision could significantly impact the SEC settlement process by causing uncertainty for settling entities as to the business consequences…

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