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SEC disgorgement – It’s now or never

Rebecca Delfiner

When is a penalty a “penalty,” and why does it matter?  The question is whether SEC-mandated disgorgement of illicit profits is a “penalty” under the law, and the decision is Kokesh v. SEC.  Why do we care?  A “penalty” is subject to a five-year statute of limitations under 28 U.S.C. §2462.  Per a unanimous panel, Read More

Whistleblower update: Normal service resumes at the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower

Kurt Wolfe

Things went conspicuously quiet at the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower after President Trump took office. Over the past several weeks, however, there have been a number of interesting developments at the Whistleblower Office, which remind us that the SEC’s whistleblower program is still up and running. In this blog, we take a look at Read More

Is it the end of the road for the SFO?

Blair Keown

The Conservative Party has pledged in its manifesto to incorporate the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) into the National Crime Agency (NCA). As Home Secretary, Theresa May twice tried unsuccessfully to restructure the SFO. In 2011, she proposed sending the SFO’s investigators to the NCA and its prosecutors to the Crown Prosecution Service. In 2014, reports Read More

The Criminal Finances Act

Calum Macdonald

On 27 April, the Criminal Finances Bill received Royal Assent. Now the Criminal Finances Act 2017, it represents the most significant development in the UK’s anti-money laundering regime in more than a decade and the largest expansion of corporate criminal liability since the Bribery Act 2010. We have covered key parts of the Criminal Finances Act previously Read More

Full disclosure: Where can documents disclosed to the regulator end up?

Stacey McEvoy

Confidential and highly sensitive information is routinely shared with the financial services regulators to enable them to perform their statutory functions. But with whom can the regulators share the information they receive? And how can those parties use the information? There is a statutory prohibition (section 348 FSMA) restricting disclosure of confidential information shared with Read More