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Partner Eric Havian Leads Panel with Leaders of SEC, CFTC, IRS Whistleblower Programs

Posted  05/2/19
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For the second year in a row, Constantine Cannon Partner Eric Havian led a panel at OffshoreAlert’s annual North American conference on Financial Intelligence and Investigations that included representatives from each of the major U.S. financial whistleblower programs. The panel, entitled “Enriching Domestic & Foreign Whistleblowers: The Growth & Spreading Reach Of U.S. Programs” included SEC Whistleblower...

New EU Rules Give Protection to Whistleblowers

Posted  04/26/19
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On April 16, 2019, a new directive was adopted by the European Parliament aimed at encouraging reports of wrongdoing and protecting whistleblowers from retaliation. The new rules guarantee greater levels of protection for whistleblowers who report breaches of EU law in several sectors, including financial services, money laundering, product safety, data protection, environmental protection and nuclear safety. EU...

Question of the Week — Will we see you at the OffshoreAlert Conference?

Posted  04/24/19
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Publisher OffshoreAlert, which bills itself as “the unofficial financial regulator” and specializes in reporting about offshore financial centers with an emphasis on fraud investigations, is hosting its annual North American conference on Financial Intelligence & Investigations on April 28-30th in Miami, Florida. For a second year, Constantine Cannon Partner Eric Havian will lead a panel with representatives...

April 9, 2019

London-based Standard Chartered Bank has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to resolve criminal charges and related allegations of unlawful conduct by the Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Federal Reserve, the New York Department of Financial Services, the New York County District Attorney's Office, and the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority. As part of the settlement, Standard Chartered admitted that it processed thousands of financial transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars through U.S. financial institutions for the benefit of Iranian and other entities and individuals subject to sanctions. In addition, Standard Chartered admitted that it had deficiencies in its compliance programs and had falsified the records of New York financial institutions.  In addition to the financial penalties, Standard Chartered agreed to the extension of an existing deferred prosecution agreement through 2021, and committed to undertaking specified compliance initiatives.  DOJ; Treasury; Fed; DANY; UK

Constantine Cannon Partner Mary Inman Weighs in on UK Financial Watchdog’s Whistleblower Team

Posted  04/4/19
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Constantine Cannon attorney Mary Inman recently weighed in on the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority’s leanly staffed whistleblower office, which employs seven individuals and runs on less money than the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) provides its chief executive in annual salary. In contrast, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission employs 21 people in its Office of the Whistleblower, which not only evaluates...

CFTC Pays Whistleblower Award for Related Action Brought by Another Federal Regulator

Posted  03/14/19
By Carolina Gonzalez
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On March 4, 2019, the CFTC announced an award of $2 million to an anonymous whistleblower who was not an insider, but provided “critical information through independent analysis of market data” that lead to several million in recoveries by two regulatory agencies. Moreover, as the Order makes clear, the whistleblower’s $2 million award is based not just on the CFTC’s recovery, but also on a recovery in a...

Canada Makes First Securities Fraud Whistleblower Award

Posted  03/6/19
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The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced last week roughly CAD $7.5 million in whistleblower awards to three individuals who reported violations of Ontario securities laws.  The awards are the first ever by a Canadian securities regulator.  In keeping with its commitment to protecting the confidentiality of whistleblowers, the OSC did not disclose any information that might reveal the whistleblowers'...

Constantine Cannon Partner Mary Inman is Quoted in Law360 Article Regarding EU Reform Opening the Door to Whistleblowers

Posted  02/22/19
London partner Mary Inman was quoted in a February 20th, 2019 Law360 article regarding new EU proposals to protect individuals who report attempts by entities or other individuals to violate or circumvent laws. In the article titled “EU Reforms May Help Open Doors For Whistleblowers” Ms. Inman discussed the penalties against Barclays CEO Jes Staley saying, “The sad reality is that regulated business are more...

Constantine Cannon Partner Mary Inman Comments on Importance of Anonymity for Whistleblowers to Government Accountability Project

Posted  02/15/19
London partner Mary Inman was recently quoted in DC-based Government Accountability Project (GAP)’s blog post about effective whistleblower protection in emerging international laws. Among other priorities, the long-standing Government Accountability Project brings attention to important whistleblower issues, corporate and financial accountability, and international whistleblower rights – issues that are...

WATCH THIS SPACE: New U.S. Development Agency for High-Risk Investment in Developing Countries a Magnet for Fraud

Posted  12/21/18
By Jessica T. Moore
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Combine 60 billion U.S. dollars, newly authorized private investment, vulnerable foreign countries, and competition with Russia and China - What could go wrong? Amid the daily D.C. drama plaguing the fall of 2018, Congress quietly passed the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act to create a new U.S. development agency: the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (IDFC). The...
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