Posts from Steve Quinlivan

SEC Seeks Crypto Specialist


The SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets is seeking a Crypto Specialist to coordinate activities regarding crypto and digital asset securities. Job responsibilities include: Coordinating with TM staff to establish a comprehensive plan to address crypto and digital asset securities and engaging with other Divisions and Offices on such matters... Read More

Topics: Blockchain Technology

SCOTUS Finds Investment Banker Liable for Cutting and Pasting Fraudulent Statement

The U.S. Supreme Court considered the extent of liability under Rule 10b-5 and other rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission and related statutes in Lorenzo v. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The facts of the case were undisputed.  Francis Lorenzo, while the director of investment banking at an SEC-registered brokerage... Read More

Topics: Litigation, Public Companies and Securities

The PCAOB Wants to Talk to the Audit Committee Chair – Now What?

The PCAOB recently noted that during 2019 it will provide an opportunity for audit committee chairs of certain companies whose audits are subject to inspection to “engage in a dialogue with the inspections staff.” While we assume the PCAOB’s motive is in good faith to obtain a better mutual understanding... Read More

Topics: Litigation, Public Companies and Securities

PCAOB Posts 2019 Staff Inspections Outlook for Audit Committees


In a published document, the PCAOB noted its new strategic plan anticipated enhanced external engagement and more proactive communication with its stakeholders, including audit committees, to inform them about its core activities—including its inspections—and to maintain an ongoing dialogue with them. The PCAOB noted that during 2019 it will provide... Read More

Topics: Public Companies and Securities

CFTC Issues Advisory on Violations of the Commodity Exchange Act Involving Foreign Corrupt Practices


The CFTC announced an Enforcement Advisory on self-reporting and cooperation for violations of the Commodity Exchange Act, or CEA, involving foreign corrupt practices.  Because the Enforcement Advisory is limited to the CEA, it does not suggest that the CFTC will bring actions regarding violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.... Read More

Topics: Derivatives, Litigation