White Collar Law & Investigations

The Foley Hoag White Collar Law & Investigations blog addresses the developing regulatory environment that confronts businesses and individuals in virtually any industry.  Whether federal or state investigations, enforcement actions, changing enforcement priorities, criminal prosecutions or related civil proceedings, the White Collar Law & Investigations blog will provide regular coverage and updates that draw on the deep experience of Foley Hoag’s White Collar Crime & Government Investigations practice.

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Editors’ Note: This is the second in our start-of-year series examining important trends in white collar law and investigations in the coming year. Our previous entry discussed SEC enforcement in 2020. Up next: a look at trends in anti-corruption and under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Look for additional posts throughout the month of January. 2019 saw ongoing action in the healthcare space. While the government continued to prosecute claims under enforcement staples such as the Anti-Kickback…
In December, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the release of a new policy for business organizations regarding voluntary self-disclosures of export control and sanctions violations. The new Policy makes explicit that when a company (1) voluntarily self-discloses export control or sanctions violations to the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) of DOJ’s National Security Division (NSD), (2) fully cooperates, and (3) timely and appropriately remediates its conduct, there is now a presumption that, absent…
Editors’ Note:  This is the first in our start-of-year series examining important trends in white collar law and investigations in the coming year.  Up next:  a look at trends in health care enforcement.  Look for additional posts throughout the month of January. As we look towards the SEC Division of Enforcement’s agenda for 2020, the cases it filed in 2019, the public statements of the Commissioners and Enforcement’s senior officials, and the Division’s annual report provide useful…
John W.R. Murray and Christian Garcia recently authored a White Collar Crime and Government Investigations Alert about the annual report from the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, which provided details on enforcement priorities and whistleblower activity that are important for public and private companies, investment advisers and broker-dealers. Click here to read the full alert.…
Yesterday, the full House of Representatives approved H.R. 2534, otherwise known as the Insider Trading Prohibition Act.  If passed by the Senate and signed by the President, this legislation would mark an important milestone in insider trading jurisprudence.  For decades, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) have pursued insider trading violations through general anti-fraud provisions, which has resulted in extensive judge-made law and ambiguity as to when actors will be…
Yesterday, the full House of Representatives approved H.R. 2534, otherwise known as the Insider Trading Prohibition Act.  If passed by the Senate and signed by the President, this legislation would mark an important milestone in insider trading jurisprudence.  For decades, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) have pursued insider trading violations through general anti-fraud provisions, which has resulted in extensive judge-made law and ambiguity as to when actors will be…
Anthony D. Mirenda and Shrutih V. Tewarie recently authored a White Collar Crime and Government Investigations Alert about a foreign executive convicted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act based on evidence that he acted as an agent of a U.S. subsidiary in carrying out a bribery scheme.  The case, which has already been appealed to and remanded from the Second Circuit, raises important questions about the extraterritorial application of the FCPA. Click here to read…
In United States ex rel. Kraus v. Wells Fargo & Co., No. 18-1746 (2d Cir. Nov. 21, 2019), two employees of banks later acquired by Wells Fargo alleged a “pervasive pattern” of fraud in connection with the securitization and sale of toxic mortgages.  When the economy imploded, Wells Fargo looked for help from the Federal Reserve Banks (“FRBs”).  In their False Claims Act suit, the whistleblowers alleged that Wells Fargo lied about its financial…
On November 6, 2019, the SEC Division of Enforcement published its annual report for fiscal year 2019. The report provides valuable insight, not only as to the Division’s performance over the past year, but also about its current priorities and where it will be focused in the near-term future. Overall, Enforcement’s program since 2017, when SEC Chairman Jay Clayton assumed leadership of the agency, has been shaped by five “core principles”: (1) focus on…
On November 6, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint, captioned SEC v. Pierre, against a New York investment advisor for allegedly operating a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. The SEC alleges that the defendant promised investors unreasonably high rates of return (20 percent every 60 days) and that he paid those investors, in the face of significant losses, with money from new investors. The defendant also allegedly defrauded investors out of hundreds…