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Banking

  • October 18, 2018

    Bitcoin Trader, CEO Ordered To Pay $2.5M For Ponzi Scheme

    Bitcoin trading outfit Gelfman Blueprint Inc. and its CEO Nicholas Gelfman have been ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution after stealing more than $600,000 from roughly 80 customers, in the first anti-fraud case involving bitcoin brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

  • October 18, 2018

    Proposed Volcker Rule Definition Change A No-Go, Banks Say

    Federal financial regulators are getting an earful about their proposal to revamp the trading account definition under the so-called Volcker rule, with industry players saying the change could actually make things worse for banks.  

  • October 18, 2018

    Last Tippee In $5M BofA Insider Trading Ring Takes Plea Deal

    A former Morgan Stanley vice president accused of trading on tips that came from a Bank of America technology consultant pled guilty to securities fraud conspiracy in Manhattan federal court on Thursday, making him the last of seven defendants in a $5 million insider trading ring to do so.

  • October 18, 2018

    Chicago Bank Accused Of Role In Va. Ponzi Scheme

    Two investors hit a Chicago bank Tuesday with a proposed class action in Illinois state court, claiming it played a role in a Ponzi scheme that caused them and other investors to lose more than $7 million.

  • October 18, 2018

    Nine West Files Amended Ch. 11 Plan With $105M Settlement

    Nine West Holdings Inc. has filed a revised Chapter 11 plan with a New York bankruptcy court that includes a $105 million settlement with company owner Sycamore Partners, releasing the latter of claims that it stripped Nine West’s assets and sent the company into bankruptcy.

  • October 18, 2018

    Bankers' Trade Group A Hotbed For Bias, Ex-Exec Claims

    A longtime executive at the American Bankers Association sued the trade association in Washington, D.C., court Thursday, alleging that women and minorities who work amid its “old boys’ club culture” are subjected to pervasive harassment and discrimination and that she was fired for speaking up about it.

  • October 18, 2018

    Va., Ind. Residents Say Tribal Lender Skirted State Usury Laws

    Virginia and Indiana residents have hit MobiLoans LLC with a proposed class action to stop it from allegedly circumventing state usury laws to make loans to needy consumers at triple-digit interest rates.

  • October 18, 2018

    Noble Group Seeks US Protection During $3.5B Restructuring

    Global commodity trader Noble Group Ltd. is asking a New York bankruptcy court to shield its U.S. assets while its plan to restructure $3.5 billion in debt works its way through English courts.

  • October 18, 2018

    Fidelity's Foray Into Bitcoin Likely To Boost Crypto Appeal

    Fidelity Investments’ plans to form a stand-alone company that will enable hedge funds and other professional investors to store and trade cryptocurrencies like bitcoin could potentially pave the way for more institutional investment into the fledgling asset class.

  • October 18, 2018

    Fintech Cops Urged To Play Nice, But Sandbox Is A Hard Sell

    A recent Treasury Department report proposed a host of ideas for boosting development in America's financial technology sector and keeping it globally competitive, including a "sandbox" for experimenting with new products and services, but experts say a morass of regulatory agencies makes building such a playground difficult in the U.S.

  • October 18, 2018

    Citibank IDs Garnished Accounts In Wine Co. Investor Row

    Citibank has told a Florida federal judge that a controlling shareholder in a Chilean wine company ordered to pay a $28.7 million arbitration award to a Delaware investor for breaching a stock repurchase agreement has about $96,600 in cash across several accounts subject to garnishment, plus shares in a handful of companies.

  • October 18, 2018

    Hotel Restaurant Class Wins Cert. In Illegal Surcharge Suit

    A California federal judge has granted class certification in a suit against Noble House Hotels and Resorts Ltd. over claims it imposed an illegal 3.5 percent surcharge on customer bills at three Hilton hotel restaurants it managed in San Diego, ruling that a sufficient number of consumers had established a common claim.

  • October 18, 2018

    Hotel JV Gets $46M Loan, Eyes Greek, Spanish Investments

    A joint venture of Thomas Cook PLC and LMEY Investments AG has received €40 million ($45.9 million) in financing from Piraeus Bank and will use some of the funding for investments in hotel properties in Greece and Spain, according to announcements from Piraeus and Thomas Cook on Thursday.

  • October 18, 2018

    Timber Co. Receiver Seeks Injunction For Ponzi Recruiters

    The receiver for a purported timber company that actually acted as a Ponzi scheme asked a Mississippi federal judge on Wednesday for an injunction restraining two of the scheme's primary investment recruiters from burning through millions of dollars that should be used to repay victims.

  • October 18, 2018

    Blank Rome Must Face Malpractice Suit From Exec's Ex-Wife

    Blank Rome LLP was unable to shake a $33 million legal malpractice suit brought by the former wife of a senior Morgan Stanley executive, who claims the firm never told her during her divorce that Morgan Stanley was a client and had her waiver potentially valuable claims on her husband’s income.

  • October 18, 2018

    CFTC Threatens To Block EU Banks From Markets Over Brexit

    The head of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has threatened to deny Europe's financial services firms access to U.S. futures markets unless the European Union drops new plans for the oversight of foreign clearing houses after Brexit.

  • October 17, 2018

    Ex-Fed Agent Can't Ditch Silk Road Bitcoin Theft Sentence

    A California federal judge Wednesday denied an ex-Secret Service agent’s bid to vacate a nearly six-year sentence for stealing bitcoin during an investigation of black market website Silk Road, saying the law enforcement officer “knowingly and voluntarily” entered into his plea deal and his counsel “was not ineffective.”

  • October 17, 2018

    Master Account Suit Of 'Narrow Bank' Isn't Ripe: NY Fed​​​​​​​

    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Tuesday previewed its anticipated bid to escape a lawsuit from a new “narrow bank” that alleges it’s been unfairly blocked from receiving a Fed master account, telling a Manhattan federal judge that the case is premature because the bank’s application is still under review.

  • October 17, 2018

    NY Times Urges Judge To Unseal Docs In Trump Dossier Row

    The New York Times asked a Florida federal court Wednesday to unseal documents filed by both sides of a Russian tech executive’s defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed over its publishing of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Donald Trump.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

Expert Analysis

  • How FTC Is Stepping Up Its Consumer Protection Efforts

    Jonice Gray Tucker

    The Federal Trade Commission, which once dominated the playing field on many consumer protection issues, appears poised to reclaim a more active role in connection with financial products and services, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Class Arbitration Goes To The Supreme Court

    Jay Bogan

    A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Varela v. Lamps Plus that the Federal Arbitration Act displaces contractual interpretation rules likely would vacate the Eleventh Circuit's recent JPay decision, says James Bogan of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Studying The Reactions To SEC's Whistleblower Proposals

    Kathleen Massey

    Earlier this year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed amendments to the rules governing its whistleblower incentive and protection program. Kathleen Massey of Dechert LLP examines the key issues raised by the public comments filed in response, and what to expect from the final rules.

  • What Financial Cos. Can Expect If Democrats Win House

    Aaron Cutler

    It is widely expected that Democrats will take control of the House in the midterm elections, and a Democratic House Financial Services Committee will likely launch a broad range of investigations, particularly relating to consumer-facing issues, say attorneys with Hogan Lovells.

  • Tax Evasion Knows No Borders

    Kim Marie Boylan

    The former CEO of a U.K. bank recently pled guilty to charges under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, following a U.S. Department of Justice sting operation spanning several countries. The conviction sends a clear message that U.S. authorities will prosecute not only U.S. account holders, but those who facilitate tax evasion, whatever their nationality, say attorneys at White & Case LLP.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Do VPNs Spell Market Manipulation For Crypto Exchanges?

    Richard Malish

    Virtual private networks are a critical tool for privacy-minded cryptocurrency traders, but based on the New York attorney general's recent findings that VPNs may permit market manipulation, it would not be surprising if cryptocurrency exchanges are soon asked to explain their VPN access policies, says Richard Malish of NICE Actimize.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.