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.
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
The quest for individual cooperation credit from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is more of an art than a science, involving outcomes based largely on subjective judgments and a process that resists definition and standardization. Indeed, those who seek cooperation credit necessarily...Articles
In September 1972, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission formally adopted its “Wells process” as a result of recommendations arising out of a report authored by three distinguished private practitioners. The committee chair, John A. Wells, submitted the report to then-SEC Chairman...Articles
On February 13, SEC Chair Gary Gensler delivered a speech , “AI, Finance, Movies, and the Law” before the Yale Law School. In his speech, Gensler spoke on the crossovers between artificial intelligence (AI) and finance, system-wide risks on a macro-scale, AI offering deception, AI washing, and...InfoBytes
On February 6, the SEC announced its adoption of rules expanding application of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act) to require market participants that “take on significant liquidity-providing roles” to register with the SEC as “dealers” under Sections 15(a) or 15C. In the...InfoBytes
On January 25, FINRA and the CFTC released advisory guidance on artificial intelligence (AI) fraud, with the latter putting out a formal request for comment. FINRA released an advisory titled “Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Investment Fraud” to make investors aware of the growing popularity of...InfoBytes
On January 30, the SEC rejected a nonprofit’s 2018 rulemaking petition that requested an amendment to Rule 202.5(e) under Commission Rule of Procedure 192(a), which outlines the terms for the Commission's acceptance of settlements in enforcement actions. Specifically, the rule prohibits settlements...InfoBytes
On January 16, the SEC accepted a global financial services firm’s offer of settlement to resolve allegations of violations of the whistleblower protection rule, which prohibits any action that might impede an individual from communicating with the SEC about securities law violations. According to...InfoBytes
On December 22, 2023, the SEC announced a settlement with a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) and a second settlement with its founders. The SEC alleged that the DAO failed to register with the Commission for its offering and sale of structured crypto-asset securities. The SEC...InfoBytes
On November 20, the SEC filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California against a crypto trading platform, which allows customers to buy and sell crypto assets through an online market, for allegedly acting as an unregistered securities exchange, broker, dealer,...InfoBytes
On July 13, the FTC announced a proposed settlement to resolve allegations that a crypto platform engaged in unfair and deceptive acts or practices in violation of the FTC Act. The FTC also alleges that the defendants violated the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act by acquiring customer information from a...InfoBytes
On July 12, the SEC announced a whistleblower award totaling approximately $9 million to a claimant who provided information and assistance that led to a successful enforcement action. According to the redacted order , the claimant “repeatedly raised concerns internally” and “provided highly...InfoBytes
On July 5, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered a crypto platform and its CEO to each pay a civil money penalty of $141,410, as well as to jointly pay disgorgement in the same amount, in a case brought by the SEC. The SEC filed a complaint in February 2021 alleging...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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