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Last Call for Securities Class Actions

Justin Ormand

The Supreme Court made clear this past Monday that there’s no room for hesitation in pursuing claims for securities law violations. In a 5-4 decision, the Court held in California Public Retirement System v. ANZ Securities (CalPERs) that the three year deadline for filing claims under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 is Read More

A&O SMCR reflections: Managing conduct and performance issues

Sarah Hitchins

The UK Senior Managers and Certification Regime (the SMCR) has been in force now for well over a year. What challenges have firms have been facing? What are the issues that have caused firms most concern? In the first of a series of blog posts, we will be looking at issues that firms have been Read More

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