Buckley’s Securities Enforcement practice group brings together highly regarded former prosecutors and experienced subject matter professionals who defend companies and individuals under government investigation and assist companies with capital formation and disclosure requirements as well as advise regulated entities on compliance obligations.
Our securities defense practice represents public companies, financial institutions and their officers, directors, broker-dealers, investment advisers, senior managers and employees in investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Department of Justice, and state attorneys general.
Our lawyers, several of whom previously served in senior positions in the Department of Justice, are skilled in handling independent investigations for private and public companies and defending against private litigation and government investigations. We routinely advise on the establishment and implementation of robust compliance programs and have particular strengths in implementing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-money-laundering compliance procedures.
Our attorneys are particularly adept at navigating all aspects of the SEC’s whistleblower program and have conducted numerous whistleblower investigations and provided advice and counseling on the recent developments related to employee protections under that program.
Our team works closely with our Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers practice, offering the full spectrum of compliance and regulatory issues affecting their operations. This includes advising broker-dealers on issues that arise in dealing with clients, the public, investment advisers, hedge funds, mutual funds, and banks, as well as counseling investment advisers on meeting their federal and state compliance and regulatory obligations.
Along with our transactional practice group, our securities enforcement attorneys offer deep subject matter experience on capital formation, corporate transactions, and asset management. Our team is particularly skilled in structuring transactions, drafting disclosures, and identifying, addressing, and overcoming the challenges posed by regulators.
"New FCPA guide signals laxer successor liability approach" by Paige Ammons and Bree Murphy (Law360)
The U.S. Department of Justice 's and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 's recently updated resource guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act signals a potential relaxation of stringent requirements that have previously been applied to successor liability in mergers and acquisitions...Articles
The sudden rise of Compound Labs Inc.'s COMP governance token in recent months pushed decentralized finance into the headlines, raising the profile of blockchain-based finance systems to a more mainstream audience. This article provides a short primer on decentralized finance and discusses some of...Articles
A recent Supreme Court decision allows the Securities and Exchange Commission to continue pursuing disgorgement in its enforcement actions, but with significant limitations that will curb disgorgement’s scope and could complicate the SEC’s future efforts to seek it.
Whether the SEC has...Buckley Commentary & Analysis
The Securities and Exchange Commission is sticking to its three-fold mission of protecting investors, maintaining fair and orderly markets, and encouraging capital formation as it responds to the Covid-19 pandemic by issuing regulatory guidance on crisis-relevant market and capital issues,...Buckley Commentary & Analysis
Corporations determined to maintain employee productivity amidst the massive global shift to remote work triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic may not have given as much thought to a critical complication: How to oversee those employees and validate their ongoing compliance with policies, procedures,...Articles
"DOJ may face difficulties extraditing remaining defendants in international insider trading ring" by Bradley A. Marcus
The ongoing prosecution in Manhattan of seven defendants in an international insider trading scheme will test the government’s ability to bring international defendants within U.S. jurisdiction. While the government has, at this point, secured two guilty pleas and a conviction, it is unclear...Buckley Commentary & Analysis
Cryptocurrency advocates have long argued that cryptocurrencies are not securities, and therefore not subject to state and federal securities laws. But a district court in California just shed light on whether advocates’ desired outcome also carries a substantial downside: application of state and...Articles
"Supreme Court will likely decide whether courts can order disgorgement in SEC enforcement proceedings" by Olivia A. Rauh
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on March 3 in a case that will likely determine whether the SEC has statutory authority to seek disgorgement in enforcement actions, and whether the courts have authority to order it.
The SEC’s authority to seek disgorgement was virtually...Buckley Commentary & Analysis
"SEC risk factors: A single wrong word could cost millions" by Meredith Leeson (American Bar Association Business Law Today)
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently proposed to simplify crucial corporate disclosures regarding legal proceedings and risk factors by moving toward a more principles-based approach; yet, the SEC continues to pursue big-dollar enforcement actions that offer filers little clarity about...Articles
"Stronger transatlantic cooperation could be boon for DOJ, ailing U.K. Serious Fraud Office" by Timothy J. Coley (Bloomberg Law)
The Department of Justice has over the past decade collaborated in several high-profile investigations with the Serious Fraud Office, the agency responsible for investigating and prosecuting complex financial crimes in the United Kingdom. Their work in bringing cases related to the Libor and...Articles
Congress is considering legislation that would clarify and significantly expand the Securities and Exchange Commission’s disgorgement powers, two years after the Supreme Court curtailed them in ruling that they were penalties subject to a five-year statute of limitations. The decision in...Buckley Commentary & Analysis
Just in time for Halloween, a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit raises the specter that conduct once considered time-barred can return from the dead to haunt defendants in the securities industry. The case, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Gentile, further...Articles
"Reducing the regulatory risk of merchant cash advances and factoring" by Clinton R. Rockwell and Lauren Frank (Law360)
A growing number of courts and regulators have reached different conclusions on whether factoring and merchant cash advances constitute loans subject to state lender licensing and usury regulations, leaving many factoring companies and their clients without legal certainty about the nature of the...Articles
"It may help to oppose discovery stay in parallel proceedings" by David S. Krakoff, Adam Miller, and Bradley A. Marcus (Law360)
Representing a client in parallel civil and criminal proceedings is fraught with peril at every strategic turn. Decisions in each case can significantly affect the other, often in unpredictable ways. One piece of conventional wisdom for attorneys representing such clients is to support motions by...Articles
A message to corporate executives and their public-relations minders: One in a trillion may no longer be a reasonable guarantee of anonymity. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is confronting the difficult challenge of how to keep an eye on and sort through a fire hose of social media...Articles
In early 2018, corporate America will be waiting with bated breath as the U.S. Supreme Court decides a game-changing whistleblower retaliation case. For employees thinking about blowing the whistle on financial malfeasance, this decision will resolve a circuit split and clarify when protections...Articles
In the days following President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement of his intention to nominate Sullivan & Cromwell partner Jay Clayton as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, countless observers have opined on how the SEC’s priorities may change in the upcoming administration. One...Articles
Tim Coley authored, "Letting the CAT Out of the Bag," which was published in WatersTechnology on Friday, April 10, 2015. In her February keynote address at the annual Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Speaks conference in Washington, DC, SEC Chair Mary Jo White called the soon-to-be-...Articles
Financial institutions are asking what Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation means for the future of the U.S. Department of Justice’s financial fraud enforcement program generally, and the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) Working Group specifically. Launched in 2012 “to...Articles
On April 27, the U.S. District Court for the District of Illinois granted an Ohio-based bank’s motion to dismiss a consolidated shareholder suit, ruling that investors “failed to allege facts that give rise to a strong inference of scienter” concerning whether bank executives intended to deceive...InfoBytes
On April 23, the SEC announced whistleblower awards totaling more than $3 million in two separate enforcement actions. According to the first redacted order , the SEC awarded a whistleblower approximately $3.2 million for alerting enforcement staff to violations, identifying key issues for staff to...InfoBytes
On April 15, the SEC announced an award of more than $50 million to joint whistleblowers in connection with violations that involved highly complex transactions that would have been difficult to detect without their information. According to the redacted order , the joint whistleblowers “assistance...InfoBytes
On April 13, SEC Commissioner Hester M. Pierce released an updated version of her proposal for a three-year safe harbor rule applicable to companies developing digital assets and networks. As previously covered by InfoBytes , last year Pierce suggested that not only would the rule provide...InfoBytes
On April 12, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC), fining a New York-based member firm for allegedly failing to implement a reasonable anti-money laundering (AML) program for transactions involving low-priced securities...InfoBytes
On April 13, the CFPB entered into a preliminary settlement with an online debt-settlement company for allegedly violating the CFPA’s prohibition on abusive acts or practices and failing to clearly and conspicuously disclose total cost under the Telemarketing Sales Rule. The complaint alleges that...InfoBytes
On April 9, the SEC announced an approximately $2.5 million whistleblower award in connection with a successful enforcement action. According to the redacted order , the whistleblower supplied information that led to charges related to a breach of fiduciary duties owed to investors, provided...InfoBytes
On April 5, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC), with a New York-based broker-dealer subsidiary of a global financial services company to resolve allegations that it failed to monitor employees’ outside brokerage...InfoBytes
On March 29, the SEC announced a more than $500,000 whistleblower award in connection with an enforcement action. According to the redacted order , the whistleblower raised concerns about alleged securities violations internally, which prompted an investigation by the company. The company then...InfoBytes
On March 19, the CFTC announced a $6.5 million settlement with a California-based digital asset company to resolve allegations of false, misleading, or inaccurate reporting concerning its digital asset transactions that violated the Commodity Exchange Act or CFTC regulations. According to the CFTC...InfoBytes
Benchmark recognizes Buckley Sandler litigation team; David Krakoff inducted into American College of Trial Lawyers
Benchmark Litigation has recognized Buckley Sandler as one of the nation’s top litigation law firms, awarding it a National Tier 1 ranking for its White Collar practice and deeming its District of Columbia litigation team “Highly Recommended” — Benchmark’s highest...Announcements
WASHINGTON, DC (August 13, 2018) – Buckley Sandler LLP announced today that banking regulatory lawyer Gordon L. Miller has joined the firm as a Senior Counsel in its Washington, D.C., office. Miller brings more than three decades of public- and private-sector experience in bank regulation,...Press Releases
Buckley Sandler Partner Thomas A. Sporkin has been named to Securities Docket’s 2017 “Enforcement 40” list, which recognizes 40 of the “best and brightest” securities and enforcement attorneys in the country.
Securities Docket reviewed...Announcements
Buckley Sandler is pleased to announce that 11 of its partners have been recognized by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2018.
Partners Jeremiah S. Buckley,...Announcements
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"New FCPA guide signals laxer successor liability approach" by Paige Ammons and Bree Murphy (Law360)
"Budding decentralized finance industry comes with risks" by Ali M. Abugheida (Law360)
"Supreme Court decision upholds but limits SEC’s disgorgement authority" by Olivia A. Rauh
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Firm settles with FINRA on AML compliance violations