Tag Archives: Securities enforcement

Guest Post: The SEC’s Renewed Focus on Financial Reporting and Financial Fraud

While financial fraud has always been an important enforcement target for the SEC, the agency recently has shown increased attention to financial reporting cases. In the following guest post, Robert F. Carangelo, Paul A. Ferrillo and Andrew Cauchi of the Weil Gotshal law firm take a look at the SEC’s recent focus on financial reporting … Continue Reading

Theranos, the SEC, and the Enforcement of the Securities Laws Against Private Companies

In a speech last month, SEC Chair Mary Jo White signaled that the agency was going to be paying closer attention to private companies, particularly so-called “unicorns” – that is, the private venture-backed start-ups with valuations over $1 billion (as I discussed in a recent post). In her speech, White highlighted the concerns that can … Continue Reading

SEC Files Record Number of Independent Enforcement Actions in Fiscal 2015

According to the agency’s recently released enforcement activity statics, the SEC’s overall enforcement activity and the number of independent enforcement actions both increased in the fiscal year 2015 (which just ended on September 30) compared to prior years. More specifically, during fiscal 2015, the agency filed a record number of independent actions for violations of … Continue Reading

Whistleblowing: What Difference Does it Make?

In recent years, one of the favored responses of legislative reformers and regulatory enforcement authorities to financial fraud and other corporate misconduct has been the encouragement of whistleblowing activity. Both the Sarbanes-Oxley and the Dodd-Frank Act contained elaborate provisions designed to encourage and even to reward whistleblowers. There seems to be no question that the … Continue Reading

Politics and SEC Enforcement

A number of factors might be supposed to affect the SEC’s exercise of its judgment in deciding which firms to investigate. Some possibilities that immediately come to mind are the nature and seriousness of the suspected problem; the way the problem came to the agency’s attention; and the availability of resources to investigate the problem. … Continue Reading

India’s Securities Regulator Imposes Massive Penalties on Satyam’s Founder and Other Executives

On July 16, 2014, India’s securities regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), entered an order (here) against the founder and former executives of Satyam Computer Services to disgorge over $306 million in allegedly ill-gotten gains from their role in the scheme to falsify the company’s financial statements, as well as at least … Continue Reading

Will Obstacles Deter the SEC’s Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program?

Whistleblower information may be one of the SEC’s “most effective weapons in its new enforcement arsenal,” but the agency’s whistleblower program “faces challenges on many fronts,” according to an April 23, 2013 New York Times Dealbook article entitled “Hazy Future for Thriving S.E.C. Whistle-Blower Effort” (here). As evidence of the whistleblower program’s promise that article … Continue Reading

SEC Brings Securities Enforcement Action Against Private Company, Former Chairman/CEO

The SEC has commenced an enforcement action against a private company and its former Chairman and CEO in connection with the company’s repurchase of company shares from company employees and others prior to the company’s acquisition.   The action involves Stiefel Laboratories, which prior to its April 2009 acquisition by GlaxoSmithKline for $68,000 a share, … Continue Reading

Corporate Penalties and the SEC

The SEC first acquired the right to impose civil penalties against corporations in the Securities Enforcement Remedies and Penny Stock Reform Act of 1990. Since the Remedies Act was enacted, the SEC has struggled with the question of when it is appropriate to obtain money penalties from corporate issuers.   In January 2006, in order … Continue Reading
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