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Kokesh is a game changer for the SEC’s FCPA Enforcement Program

Kurt Wolfe

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled, in Kokesh v. SEC, that a five-year statute of limitations applies to claims for disgorgement in SEC enforcement proceedings. It is an important decision that is likely to impact the SEC’s enforcement program, particularly in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases. Below, we suggest five changes that are likely to Read More

Collective class actions: is it easier for claimants to establish harm in follow on actions?

Blair Keown

The Consumer Rights Act 2015’s (the Consumer Rights Act) introduction of a regime in the United Kingdom (UK) for opt-in and opt-out collective proceedings has been well publicised. The availability of a procedural mechanism through which private competition law claims can be pooled and pursued by an authorised representative may well heighten the litigation risk Read More

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