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Please join us for a new weekly video series, hosted by Tom Firestone and Jerome Tomas, Baker McKenzie’s North American Law Enforcement Partners.

This weekly briefing is available upon request and will cover hot topics and current enforcement actions related to white collar crime and criminal investigations in the United States and abroad to provide you with the information you need. to start your business week.

As one of the largest law firms in the world, we will be calling on our exceptionally large and extensive group of white collar experts across the globe and especially in shopping malls in Europe, Asia. , Africa and Latin America to join our weekly discussion series.

These briefings will cover:

  • High-profile updates and case implications from the Department of Justice
  • SEC Enforcement Developments
  • CFTC application developments
  • Other developments in the white collar defense industry

June 9, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • Development and importance of the SEC’s potential ESG disclosure rules: Commissioners Allison Herren Lee and Elad Roisman continue their volley
  • White House Strategy Statement on Corruption and National Security
  • Belarusian sanctions
  • Sanctions of Bulgaria
  • Executive Decree on the Western Balkans

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May 25, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • Gary Gensler’s SEC Enforcement Program Sneak Peek: SEC President Speaking at FINRA 2021 Annual Conference
  • Discussion of Treasury’s plan to increase IRS enforcement and reduce the tax gap
  • Nord Stream 2 sanctions update

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May 18, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • Russia’s response to US sanctions and designation of the US as an “unfriendly” country
  • Fall River, Massachusetts mayor trial for extorting marijuana companies
  • The challenges of incorporating modern practices into older laws: Statement by SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce regarding SEC regulation on an index fund
  • Slow and Continued Adoption of Crypto Assets by the SEC: Statement from the Investment Management Division on ETF Holdings of Crypto Assets and the Potential Implications of Asset Enforcement on Assets and Potential Enforcement Implications

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May 10, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • Crypto Developments: Testimony from SEC Chairman Gensler, Dogecoin, and Saturday Night Live
  • The “Swiss George Floyd Case” (for more information on this case, please consult this documentary featuring Simon Ntah here

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May 3, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • First voluntary self-disclosure of export sanctions and violations leads to settlement between software company and DOJ
  • The Sudden Resignation of SEC Enforcement Director Alex Oh: What’s Next For SEC Enforcement?

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April 26, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • Alex Oh, New SEC Enforcement Director: What It May Mean for SEC Enforcement
  • Minneapolis Police Department DOJ Models and Practices Investigation

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April 19, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • First guilty plea in the Capitol attack cases: what it means for future prosecutions
  • New sanctions on Russia: what they do and don’t do, and what could be the next step
  • Comments from the Acting Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, “SPACs, IPOs and Liability Risk under the Securities Laws”: What it means for SEC enforcement

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April 12, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • Antitrust Non-Poaching Prosecutions and Wage Fixing Agreements: Perspective of a Leading Antitrust Lawyer.
  • Application outlook from the SEC “Risk Alert” of April 9, 2021 regarding ESG products and services offered by investment advisers, registered investment firms and private funds.
  • Justice Department priorities under the Biden administration: what the budget tells us.

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March 30, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • SEC Enforcement Sweep Reviews PSPC IPOs
  • New legal issues in the Capitol riot cases

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March 15, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • DOJ / SEC FCPA priorities
  • Oath Keepers Conspiracy Case
  • New Russian law to protect officials from corruption charges
  • Does SEC Commissioner Crenshaw’s speech on increasing corporate sanctions foreshadow a possible withdrawal of the 2006 SEC statement regarding financial sanctions and what we can expect from the enforcement of corporate securities in the over the next 4 years?

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March 8, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • This week, Jerome is joined by his partners Amy Greer and Jen Klass and they will delve into the enforcement issues presented by the SEC’s “Climate and ESG Focused Law Enforcement Working Group”.

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March 1, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • The SEC’s plan to dig into state-owned company climate change disclosures: a white-collar enforcement perspective
  • Key takeaways from Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing
  • Capitol Riot Update
  • Statement by Secretary Blinken on Anti-Corruption Champions

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February 22, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • Potential prosecution of former President Trump for incitement to bombing the Capitol
  • The latest SEC message in the aftermath of “Market Events”: Suspension of Trading in In the Matter of SpectraScience, Inc.
  • New Corruption Report from Transparency International
  • The SEC’s ICO Enforcement Initiative lives on: SEC c. Coinseed, Inc., et al. (SDNY February 17, 2021)

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February 15, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • Update on Capitol Riot cases
  • The legal definition of “incitement to insurgency”
  • Discussion of DOJ and SEC Investigations of Retail Traders During Market Events Last Month
  • A reminder of the scope of US insider trading laws, courtesy of SEC v. Mark Ahn (D. Mass) (a parallel criminal case has also been filed)

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February 8, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • An update on the Capitol riots
  • Consideration of new sanctions against Russia
  • An update on stock market events, including FINRA’s opinion on brokers’ ‘game-style’ trading applications

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February 1, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • Analysis of Reddit / WallStreetBets-induced stock market spikes, with a special appearance by Jerome’s 15-year-old son Sam, who followed events on Reddit and Discord
  • Discussion of the Hoskins Appeal and the Future of FCPA’s “Agency” Theory
  • Capitol Raid Pursuit Update

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January 18, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • New SEC statute of limitations and re-enactment provisions in the NDAA
  • New AML whistleblower bonus provision in NDAA
  • Criminal charges against the Capitol rioters
  • Julian Assange extradition case

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January 4, 2021

This week’s discussion will focus on the following points:

  • What criminal laws could apply to the attack on the Capitol?
    • 18 USC 2383 – Rebellion or Insurrection
    • 18 USC 2384 – Seditious Conspiracy
    • 18 USC 1752 – Restricted building or land
  • What criminal laws, if any, might apply to President Trump’s appeal last week with Georgia’s Secretary of State?
  • The 25th Amendment – A brief history of the amendment, what the amendment provides and how it might apply in light of these events.

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December 14, 2020

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December 07, 2020

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November 23, 2020

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November 16, 2020

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November 9, 2020

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October 26, 2020

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October 19, 2020

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October 5, 2020

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September 29, 2020

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September 8, 2020

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Aug 24, 2020

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Aug 17, 2020

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Aug 10, 2020

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Aug 3, 2020

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July 27, 2020

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July 20, 2020

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July 13, 2020

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July 6, 2020

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June 29, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 17, 2020

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June 9, 2020

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May 26, 2020

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