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Understanding SEC Investigations

What happens during SEC investigations? Our federal securities fraud defense lawyers explain. Attorney John W. SellersSEC Investigations Team LeadFormer DOJ Trial Attorney Each year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) brings hundreds of civil and administrative enforcement actions against individuals and companies for violations of the nation’s federal securities...

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Promoter Liability in SEC Investigations: A Growing Concern for Celebrities and Other Endorsers

Endorsements are big business opportunities for celebrities, athletes, and online influencers. With global stars like Christiano Ronaldo reportedly receiving as much as $2.4 million for a single post, these highly lucrative deals are attractive not only due to the financial windfall they provide, but also due to the minimal amount...

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Types of SEC Enforcement Action

Broadly speaking, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pursues two different types of enforcement actions: Administrative and civil. However, while the agency does not have the authority to pursue criminal enforcement actions, it can, and frequently does, refer courses of conduct that are potentially criminal in nature to other...

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What Happens At An SEC Interview?

If the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating you or your company, you may receive a request to sit for an interview. While meeting with SEC agents and putting the facts on the table can be helpful in some cases, it can also be dangerous if you don't...

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Subpoenaed to Testify Before the SEC? Here’s What to Expect

If you’ve been subpoenaed to testify before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), you need to make sure you are thoroughly prepared. Testifying before the SEC can be a daunting experience—even for seasoned securities industry veterans and company executives. Since testifying is typically an all-day event, it can be...

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Defending SEC Complaints – Section 10(b) and 17(a) Litigation

Experienced Federal Securities Laws Defense Team If you have been charged or are being investigated for fraud in either the offer of securities or purchase or sale of securities, then you need to take immediate action in your defense. Fraud charges are serious concerns for individuals and entities, especially as...

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Defending SEC Complaints – Section 206 of the Investment Advisers Act (“IAA”) Litigation

Experienced IAA Defense Team Are you facing a federal investigation under the Investment Adviser's Act ("IAA")? Have you failed to register as an investment adviser? Did you allegedly violate your fiduciary duty? Is the SEC scrutinizing your advice? If so, then you need the legal services of an experienced investment/financial...

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SEC Cryptocurrency Fraud Investigations

Experienced Cryptocurrency Fraud Defense Team Are you being investigated by the SEC for crypto fraud? If so, now is the time to hire an experienced crypto defense attorney. The government has been developing strict rules that focus on strengthening cryptocurrency fraud investigations. Agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission...

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SEC Blockchain Investigations

Experienced SEC Blockchain Defense Team Do you need legal assistance regarding blockchain laws, blockchain technology, or an impending federal investigation? If so, then you need the help of an experienced blockchain defense attorney. The use of blockchain technology, mining new coins, verifying transactions, and investing in cryptocurrencies are becoming attractive...

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Facing Discipline Under SEC Rule 102(e): What Professionals Need to Know

While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has substantial resources at its disposal, it cannot fully monitor the domestic securities markets and enforce companies’ obligations under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 on its own. As a result, it relies on so-called “gatekeepers”—attorneys,...

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