SEC Announces Sweeping Changes to Encourage Individuals and Companies to Cooperate and Assist in Investigations

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Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced a series of measures intended to further strengthen its enforcement program by encouraging greater cooperation from individuals and companies in the agency's investigations and enforcement actions. The SEC termed this a "cooperation initiative." As the SEC press release noted, "[t]he cooperation initiative is expected to result in invaluable and early assistance in identifying the scope, participants, victims and ill-gotten gains associated with fraudulent schemes."

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