Justice Department Hitting Corporate Executive Lawbreakers Where it Hurts

The Justice Department introduced a new pilot program last week that encourages companies to center their compensation policies around rewarding good behavior and punishing those partaking in criminal activity. Deputy Attorney General, Lisa Monaco, previewed the program at an American Bar Association conference in Miami.

Investors in NFTs find Potential Protection through Real Estate Investment Trusts

Cryptocurrency’s lack of regulation has been a major focus in the news recently. Furthermore, there is a lack of regulation over non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as well, which is a further concern for consumer safety. Although the first known NFT was established in May of 2014, NFTs didn’t really take-off until 2017. Due to the unique nature of NFTs (being either jpegs, real estate, etc.) the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), along with other regulatory authorities, still haven’t clearly laid out if NFTs are securities or what rules/regulations will apply. Unless securities are clearly at issue it is unclear if NFTs will fall under securities laws at this point in time. However, there is a potential way consumers can invest in NFTs related to real estate and still find protection through the SEC.

Healthcare Bribery Whistleblower Receives the Highest SEC Award in 2022

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that they have awarded upwards of $37 million to one whistleblower in 2022. This individual gave important information to the SEC that led to a successful enforcement action against a large European healthcare company. This award took the cake for being the highest payout to a whistleblower in 2022. What does a whistleblower program look like from the regulator’s point of view and why is it important?

Kraken Settles with the SEC in a $30 Million Deal

Sophie Shapiro Associate Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2024 Kraken will pay $30 million to settle SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) allegations that it broke the agency’s rules with its cryptoasset staking products and will discontinue them in the United States as part of the agreement with the regulator. What is Kraken? …
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A Blizzard of Controversy: Activision-Blizzard Settles with the SEC Amid Controversy

A Blizzard of Controversy: Activision-Blizzard Settles with the SEC Amid Controversy Jacob Taylor Associate Blogger Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2024   Activision-Blizzard became one of the largest gaming companies in the world after the merger between the two companies in 2008. The company is known for its games, and more recently for …
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The SEC’s Proposal for Regulation Best Execution and Its Effect on Broker-Dealers

Megan Aldworth Associate Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2023   On December 14, 2022, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a proposal for Regulation Best Execution (Reg BE). The regulation would broadly affect those buying and selling securities in a wide array of markets. Reg BE would generally require broker-dealers …
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Regulatory Ecosystem Post-FTX (SBF) Disaster

From “How are institutions and companies investing in crypto” and “Sequoia Capital launches $500 million fund to invest in crypto” to “FTX files for bankruptcy” and “Sequoia Capital marks down its $210 million crypto investments to $0” – the crypto market capitalization skydived from $3 trillion in November 2021 to $881 billion, experiencing a 71% freefall in just one year.

Major household names such as FTX, BlockFi, Celsius, Genesis, TerraLuna, Three Arrows Capital, and Voyager all evaporated within days after public recognition of corporate issues including capitalization and intra-firm lending. Last summer’s TerraLuna and Voyager bankruptcies foreshadowed the debacle to come. However, enthusiasts remained naively optimistic until the shockwave of FTX’s evaporation led to the collapse of an entire market. Investors rushed to withdraw their investments only to see their accounts already frozen or funds already missing. Before it is too late, either the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) or the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), or the agencies jointly together, should take action on this volatile decentralized market.

The SEC’s Second Attempt to Fix a 10-Year-Old Problem

The 2008 financial collapse occurred when banks began substantially increasing access to debt. They offered adjustable-rate mortgages to borrowers who could afford the initial mortgage payments, but would end up defaulting on the loans when their adjustable interest rates kicked in. The banks then subsequently packaged these high-risk loans together and sold them as securities to mutual funds, investment banks, and pension funds. When most of these high-risk loans defaulted, the market crashed. The recession that followed cost the public thousands of jobs, homes, and retirement accounts.

The Collapse Of FTX and The Future Of Crypto

New investment vehicles and opportunities have flooded the financial services industry over the past few decades, but arguably none have grown in popularity at a rate comparable to cryptocurrency. A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency typically based on a decentralized network that utilizes blockchain technology. In other words, this decentralized feature allows a network of users to verify and record transactions without relying on any central authority, which permits the cryptocurrency to exist without government interference.