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Tom Firestone is Co-chair of the firm's North American Government Enforcement practice and is a member of the Firm's Global Compliance & Investigations Steering Committee. He represents clients in matters involving anti-corruption and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), internal investigations and transactional due diligence. Prior to joining the Firm, he spent 14 years at the US Department of Justice. He worked as an Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York where he prosecuted transnational organized crime cases. He also worked as Resident Legal Adviser and Acting Chief of the Law Enforcement Section at the US Embassy in Moscow. In the latter capacity, he facilitated US-Russian law enforcement cooperation, assisted the Russian government in drafting new criminal legislation, advised the US government on policy issues related to criminal justice in Russia and twice won the US State Department Superior Honor Award.

This week’s discussion will cover the following:
• Details Behind The SEC Whistleblower Award That Pushed the Program Over $1 Billion in Whistleblower Payouts
• SEC v. DAYAKAR R. MALLU – Tipper-Tippee Insider Trading Case – SEC Investigation Tactics and Trends
• Indictment of lawyer by Trump-appointed Special Counsel for lying to the FBI in Russia investigation.

This weekly briefing is available on demand and will cover hot topics and current enforcement actions related to white collar crime and criminal investigations in the US and abroad to arm you with the information you need to start your business week. This week we talk about unregistered crypto exchanges, audits against an accounting firm, accusations against Governor Cuomo, and Belarus sanctions

• The latest video and podcast will cover:
• the importance of having up-to-date automated accounting procedures, effective manual accounting procedures, and trained accounting staff: The SEC’s latest accounting case against Tandy Leather Factory Inc. and its former chief executive officer Shannon Greene.
• indictment of Trump advisor Thomas Barrack
• Biden Executive Order on promoting competition

This week’s Government Enforcement video discussion, led by Baker McKenzie’s Tom Firestone and Jerome Tomas, will cover topics such as the Russian response to US sanctions, the trial of Mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts for extorting marijuana businesses, SEC Commissioner Peirce’s statement on an Index Fund SEC settlement, and the SEC and cyrpto assests.

This weekly briefing is available on-demand and will cover hot topics and current enforcement actions related to white-collar crime and criminal investigations in the US and abroad to arm you with the information you need to start your business week. This week’s discussion will cover: “First Voluntary Self-Disclosure of Sanctions and Export Violations Leads to Settlement between Software Company and DOJ,” and “The Sudden Resignation of SEC Enforcement Director Alex Oh: What is Next For SEC Enforcement?”