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 January 10, the SEC announced that it awarded whistleblowers nearly $4 million for providing information and assistance in two separate investigations. According to the first redacted order , the whistleblower, who reported internally prior to reporting to the SEC, provided significant new...InfoBytes
On December 15, the SEC announced that the Commission voted to propose three rules under the Exchange Act “to prevent fraud, manipulation and deception in connection with security-based swaps, to prevent undue influence over the chief compliance officer of security-based swap dealers and major...InfoBytes
On December 15, the SEC announced a settlement with a California-based broker-dealer for allegedly unlawfully distributing nearly 100 million unregistered shares of over 50 different low-priced microcap companies, and for the company’s failure to file suspicious activity reports (SARs) regarding...InfoBytes
On December 17, the SEC announced charges against a subsidiary limited liability company of a national bank for Securities Exchange Act violations because the firm and its employees allegedly failed to maintain recordkeeping requirements. According to the order , from at least January 2018 through...InfoBytes
On December 6, the SEC announced that it awarded a whistleblower nearly $5 million for providing information that led to a successful SEC enforcement action. According to the redacted order , the whistleblower voluntarily provided original information to the Commission, which enabled staff to...InfoBytes
On November 22, the SEC announced awards totaling approximately $10.4 million to several whistleblowers who provided original information and voluntary assistance in three separate SEC enforcement actions. According to the first redacted order , the SEC awarded two whistleblowers roughly $7.5...InfoBytes
On November 19, the SEC announced that an investment company affiliate of a global consulting firm agreed to pay $18 million to settle alleged compliance failures. The affiliate provided investment services to current and former partners and employees of the consulting firm. The SEC alleged that...InfoBytes
On November 17, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York partially granted the SEC’s (plaintiff) motion for summary judgment in a case questioning the extent to which confidentiality agreements can prevent communication with the SEC regarding potential violations of securities...InfoBytes
Benjamin W. Hutten extensively quoted in CoinDesk article, “ConsenSys Suddenly Bars Iranian Students from Ethereum Coding Class”
The CoinDesk article, “ConsenSys Suddenly Bars Iranian Students from Ethereum Coding Class,” discussed the removal of 50 Iranian students from the ConsenSys Academy, an educational branch of the New York City-based block chain software technology company in mid-November. It is not clear if the...In The News
On November 10, the SEC announced awards totaling over $15 million to two whistleblowers whose original information and voluntary assistance led to a successful SEC enforcement action. According to the redacted order , the first whistleblower alerted Commission staff to a fraudulent scheme, which...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
Our Securities Enforcement Team
"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
Recent Blog Posts
January 12, 2022
SEC issues multiple whistleblower awards
December 17, 2021
SEC proposes rules connected to security-based swaps transactions
December 17, 2021
SEC settles with company distributing unregistered shares
December 17, 2021
SEC, CFTC settle with national bank’s subsidiary
December 10, 2021
SEC awards $5 million to whistleblower