Colin Missett is a member of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group. Colin’s practice focuses on government investigations, criminal defense, and complex civil litigation. He has experience conducting internal investigations and defending clients in criminal and regulatory matters involving allegations of market manipulation, insider trading, securities fraud, corruption, and False Claims Act violations.
Colin has represented multi-national companies, financial institutions, and individuals in investigations and enforcement actions by agencies such as the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and various state attorney general offices. Colin also represents clients in a wide range of complex civil litigation, including securities and contract disputes, and False Claims Act litigation.
I assist multi-national companies, financial institutions, and individuals with criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations involving various enforcement agencies. I also represent clients in complex civil litigation. My investigation and litigation experience encompasses a variety of subject matters including residential mortgage-backed securities, insider trading, derivatives trading, Ponzi schemes, misappropriation of trade secrets, and the False Claims Act. I also maintain an active pro bono practice.
As adoption of digital assets has increased across all sectors of the economy, the SEC and other financial industry regulators have closely scrutinized activity involving cryptocurrencies and digital tokens. Market participants should expect the SEC to continue to bring enforcement actions and litigation where the agency has determined that a digital asset is a security that requires registration or exemption. Other enforcement agencies, including the CFTC, FinCEN, and DOJ also have signaled that pursuing digital asset-related enforcement actions are priorities. Companies operating in this space should remain attentive to the evolving regulatory landscape and be prepared to respond swiftly to enforcement inquiries.
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
College of the Holy Cross, B.A., cum laude
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
NP’s Christopher Hotaling, Adam Tarosky, Scott O’Connell and Colin Missett authored this article detailing key considerations for businesses to consider, given that funds under the CARES Act come with associated responsibilities for recipients, creating potential criminal and civil liability if not properly handled.
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