Tag Archives: SEC

Disruptive change and animal spirits stoke D&O risk

After escalating D&O risk in 2016, buyers will be looking for a reprieve in 2017. They may be disappointed. Continue reading →

Turning whistleblowing to your advantage

The Dodd-Frank whistleblower program is picking up steam – and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. According to SEC.gov, since its inception in 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has awarded $85 million to 32 tipsters. A … Continue reading →

The CEO pay ratio: Time for a first look?

Will it be a snore to which no one pays attention or a bombshell that shakes the foundations of corporate America? Either way, the CEO pay ratio seems certain to cause at least some discomfort in the board rooms of … Continue reading →

A Perfect D&O Storm

Economic headwinds, individual accountability and disruptive change, like forces of nature, are converging in a way that could change the game for directors & officers (D&O) risk. Continue reading →

Marking the Close – Old Fraud by New Means

trader computer

The US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently fined a high-frequency trading firm a cool $1 million to settle charges that the firm had used their sophisticated algorithmic trading system to “mark the close” or “bang the close.” “Marking the … Continue reading →

Has the SEC Made Orange the New Black for Corporate Officers?

prison jumpsuit

If you are the chief compliance officer today of a hedge fund, the title of this blog may only bring thoughts of prison jump suits replacing classic business dress, as opposed to Netflix’s new hit series.  Unfortunately for CCO’s, many … Continue reading →

Rakoff Overturned – But May Have “Won” Anyway

Rakoff decision vacated

A judge rejects an SEC settlement and the world was never the same. Three years ago, Judge Rakoff of the Federal District Court in Manhattan rejected Citigroup’s $285 million settlement with the SEC for fraud charges surrounding the issuance of … Continue reading →

SEC Uses Infographic and Deferred Prosecution Agreement to Bring Insider Traders to Justice

SEC infographic: Insider Trading in Advance of eBay’s Acquisition of GSI Commerce

Insider trading has the attention of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as their litigation record proves, but a related settlement announced last week included a couple of firsts. Continue reading →

High-Frequency Whistle Blowing

Speed trader

The FBI has made an unusual public plea for help rooting out possible securities violations by high-frequency traders.  The FBI doesn’t usually go asking for such help from the financial community.  So what’s changed?   Well, three things have changed to … Continue reading →

5 Key Themes from the SEC’s Cybersecurity Roundtable

SEC Cyber Security

On March 26th, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission hosted a day-long roundtable to discuss cybersecurity and the ensuing issues and challenges for the securities markets and public companies. Continue reading →