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Is Financial Crime Going Viral? Money Laundering, Fraud and Ponzi Schemes in the Pandemic Era (01/26/2021)

Program Number: 3136 Presenter: Ross S. Delston, Timothy Dunfey, Esq.

Financial crime is a constant whatever the era but in times of crisis criminals become even more creative. Coronavirus ‘cures’, PPEs, testing and vaccines all present attractive opportunities for fraudsters to take advantage of our collective anxiety by selling fakery. Ponzi schemes, a ubiquitous phenomenon, often come to light in times of financial crisis since old investors demand redemption and new investors are hard for fraudsters to find. Finally, in the pandemic, trade-based money laundering, another common criminal scheme, can be used to greater effect due to price gyrations and scarcity in previously available goods and commodities. Learning Objectives: • Distinctions between and among different types of fraud, money laundering and other financial crime; • How to recognize commonly used financial crime schemes; • Why red flags are crucial to legal practitioners in banking, securities, contract, M&A, and consumer fields; Topics are targeted to attorneys in the regulatory, compliance, litigation and criminal

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The SEC’s Whistleblower Program in 2021 and Beyond (02/24/2021)

Program Number: 3129 Presenter: Jay A. Dubow, Esq., Robert L. Hickok, Esq., Kaitlin L. Meola, Esq.

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Whistleblower Program was created in 2010 to assist the SEC in discovering securities law violations by providing incentives for individuals to report possible violations. The Program has been successful; to date, the SEC has received tens of thousands of whistleblower tips, resulting in more than $2 billion in monetary sanctions, and has awarded more than $700 million to whistleblowers whose tips resulted in enforcement actions. On September 23, 2020, the SEC voted to amend the Program’s rules in order “to provide greater clarity to whistleblowers and increase the program’s efficiency and transparency.” The amendments—effective December 7, 2020—include changes to the way the SEC determines awards, changes that streamline the process for submitting and evaluating tips, and clarifies various definitions. The changes may incentivize whistleblowers to report possible securities law violations, and companies should ensure that their internal whistleblower policies are current and provide adequate internal processes for

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The Trouble with TikTok & Other Cautionary Foreign Investment Tales: Navigating the New CFIUS Landscape (02/19/2021)

Program Number: 3117 Presenter: David Hall, Esq., Tahlia Townsend, Esq.

As headline grabbing actions around TikTok, StaynTouch, Grindr, and PatientsLikeMe demonstrate, the risks associated with foreign investment in the U.S. have substantially increased. New regulations significantly tightened the rules governing overseas investment into U.S. businesses in 2020, dramatically expanding the circumstances in which pre-investment notification to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is either mandatory or recommended. This session will cover when foreign investments in the U.S. may trigger mandatory pre-transaction notification requirements, and when voluntary notification may be advisable; the impact of the recent increased focus on security of sensitive personal data; why understanding U.S. export controls is now essential to the CFIUS analysis; the key steps and timelines for making a CFIUS filing; the consequences of not making a filing when required or recommended; and key recommendations for investment due diligence and planning.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Blockchain But Didn’t Know to Ask (02/19/2021)

Program Number: 3110 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Valerie Pennacchio, Esq., Teresa Walker, Esq.

You may be familiar with Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies but do you know anything about the underlying technology and why it will become so important to the legal industry? Of all the emerging technologies, blockchain, also referred to as distributed ledger technology (DLT) might be the least understood. We are all searching for truth these days and to find resources upon which we can depend, especially in the legal industry. Learn about how blockchain technology is already in use in the legal industry and consider ways in which it will continue to grow in the industry.

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What You Don’t Know, But Need to Know, About Hotel Investments in 2021 (02/02/2021)

Program Number: 3108 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Yariv C. Ben-Ari, Esq., Jonathan Falik, Esq.

This session is intended to present a practical approach to understanding basic hotel industry financial terminology, definitions, and applications. The package includes debt terms, equity terms and investment terms and issues. Speakers will discuss the critical legal issues in the purchase and sale of a hotel property, considering the unique aspects of this asset class. The program will focus on seller representations and warranties, key contract provisions in the purchase and sale agreement, and retention or termination of the hotel management/franchise affiliation. The program will also address the significance of the terms of the hotel management agreement. The presentation will relate to the current hospitality environment in Q1 2021.

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CFIUS and Foreign Investment in the United States: Navigating a New Regulatory Regime (05/06/2020)

Program Number: 3089 Presenter: Tyler Grove, Esq., Sydney Stringer, Esq.

Since the 1980s, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has had the power to review and block certain transactions by foreign parties in the United States that have raised “national security” concerns. Since the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) became law in August 2018, and new regulations implementing FIRRMA became effective in February 2020, the scope CFIUS’s jurisdiction has broadened dramatically, and CFIUS has increasingly used this jurisdiction to block proposed investments and even require divestment of consummated transactions. This presentation will provide an overview of the new regulations applicable to foreign investment review; summarize recent enforcement actions and trends; and provide practical guidance for navigating this complex regulatory environment.

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Discerning Derivative Claims – From Madoff to TelexFree (12/18/2020)

Program Number: 3086 Presenter: Evan T. Miller, Esq., Shane G. Ramsey, Esq.

This program will address the common problem of competing claims of creditors and bankruptcy trustees in ponzi scheme litigation. The program will give provide practice pointers and guidance to attorneys representing individual creditors and bankruptcy trustees and will offer best practices on how to navigate the issues presented in such ligation.

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The Law of Insider Trading: Why It Is Such a Mess (05/05/2020)

Program Number: 3085 Presenter: Tai H. Park, Esq.

This program will explain the principles of the insider trading law under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act and describe why it has proven to be so difficult to apply consistently. In recent years, the underlying, conceptual problem in the law was highlighted when judges of the Second Circuit sharply disagreed with each other in two high profile cases. In U.S. v. Newman, a unanimous panel reversed the conviction after trial of two hedge fund portfolio managers, declaring that their alleged insider trading conduct was in fact not illegal. Just a few years later, in U.S. v. Martoma, a different panel of Second Circuit judges affirmed the conviction of another portfolio manager as it disagreed with the thrust of the Newman opinion. A dissenting judge in Martoma wrote a vigorous dissent accusing the majority of flatly contradicting Newman. This split remains unresolved. In a new Second Circuit

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Demystifying Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies (05/07/2020)

Program Number: 3078 Presenter: David Kalat

In conventional usage, the term “hacking” generally refers to an unauthorized user gaining access to an electronic resource. Hackers use various means to steal, guess, calculate, or otherwise obtain credentials to access systems and data they are not allowed to access. When we talk about “hacking” a blockchain, however, this does not adequately or accurately describe what has happened and blinds us to understanding where the real risks lie in this new technology of distributed ledgers and crypto-assets. The high-profile, most destructive, and expensive “hacks” in blockchain environments actually represent *authorized* users misbehaving. In some cases, these are authorized users acting on their own behalf to exploit weaknesses in the system to their own gain at the expense of other users, in other cases these are authorized users who are misusing the trust placed in them by their customers. The key to protecting yourself against fraud in this new alien

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Fintech 2020 and Beyond: The Decade of Regulatory Collaboration (03/17/2020)

Program Number: 3073 Presenter: Joann Needleman, Esq.

The past two decades have seen rapid expansion and exponential growth of financial services technology (“fin-tech”) and financial services innovation. After a decade of intense regulation of the financial services industry, regulators are now looking to promote financial innovation through regulatory engagement. This webinar will explore the opportunities financial services entities have both at the state and federal level to engage regulators with new ideas that can promote new ways to deliver financial services product and services.

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