Securities & Exchange Commission Whistleblowers

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and... more +
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and encourage capital formation. The Commission is headed by five presidentially-appointed Commissioners who oversee the Commission’s five divisions: Division of Corporation Finance, Division of Trading and Markets, Division of Enforcement, Division of Investment Management, and the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Information.  less -
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Yes, Attorneys Too Can Blow the Whistle: But When and How Hard?

According to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Agency”), an attorney – or any individual, for that matter – should not have to first report misconduct to the SEC to fall under the protections...more

Recent SEC Enforcement Actions and Public Commentary Demonstrate the Commission’s Continued Focus on Internal Control Failures

We have previously written about how, over the past few years, the SEC and other regulatory agencies have devoted substantial resources to investigations regarding allegations that public companies have inadequate internal...more

This Is Not a Test: The CFTC Joins the SEC and IRS in Awarding Substantial Whistleblower Bounties

Who can tune out those periodic blaring interruptions to our favorite television programs? This is a test. For the next 60 seconds, this station will conduct a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test. In...more

CFTC Announces $10 Million Whistleblower Award, Its Largest Award Yet

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) recently announced the largest ever award under its Whistleblower Program created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The whistleblower...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

SEC Awards Bounty to Whistleblower, But Offsets Award for a Judgment Against the Whistleblower - The extent to which the SEC would reward whistleblowers, who themselves engaged in wrongdoing, has been the subject of...more

Even Whistleblowers Must Pay the Piper

In a heavily redacted decision issued on April 5, 2016, the SEC approved the claim of one whistleblower and denied the claim of another for providing information related to an unidentified enforcement action. The SEC awarded...more

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Awards Record $10 Million to Whistleblower

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced on April 4, 2016 that it awarded over $10 million to a whistleblower.  This is the largest award made by the CFTC’s Whistleblower Program.  ...more

SEC Intervenes In Former In-House Attorney’s Whistleblower Lawsuit

On March 28, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed an amicus brief in a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former in-house attorney against Vanguard Group (the “Company”).  The case is Danon v....more

Nebraska Whistleblower’s Dodd-Frank Suit Settled Before Trial

Julie A. Bussing filed a Dodd-Frank Act claim against COR Clearing on July 9th, 2012 in Nebraska federal court. Now, about three and a half years later, she settled with COR pursuant to dismissal papers. Bussing’s suit...more

SEC reminds whistleblowers: we feel the need…the need for speed

As we noted in our last client alert regarding the SEC’s whistleblower awards, two themes the SEC has emphasized in connection with its recent awards are...more

SEC Awards Nearly $2M in Whistleblower Bounties

On March 8, 2016, the SEC announced payment of nearly $2,000,000 in whistleblower bounty awards to three tipsters. (The order granting the award can be accessed here.) The largest of the three awards, approximately...more

2015 Year-End Cross-Border Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Review

Globalization has connected people, companies, and products across national borders more than ever. Goods and services developed in one part of the world are readily available in other parts of the world and technology is...more

Three’s Company: SEC Awards Nearly $2 Million to Whistleblower Trio

On March 8, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order awarding a trio of whistleblowers a bounty of almost $2 million. One whistleblower will receive the lion’s share of the bounty — $1.8 million —...more

SEC Touts Continued Uptick in Whistleblower Tips

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in conjunction with announcing a recent $2 million whistleblower award, Sean McKessey, Chief of the Office of the Whistleblower, stated that the SEC continues to see “a significant uptick” in the...more

Critic of High-Frequency Trading Receives SEC Whistleblower Bounty Award

According to a MarketWatch report, Eric Hunsader of Nanex LLC has identified himself as is the recipient of a more than $700,000 Dodd-Frank whistleblower bounty award.  According to Hunsader, the information he provided to...more

Highlights from the SEC Speaks — 2016 Enforcement Priorities

Senior members of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC” or “Commission”) Division of Enforcement (“Division”) addressed the defense bar on February 19, 2016, during the Practising Law Institute’s annual “SEC Speaks”...more

Five Employment Law Compliance Topics of Interest to Financial Services Industry Employers

Employers in the financial services industry are faced with an escalating number of employment law compliance challenges, but the news is not all bad. For example, although pleading standards for Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”)...more

SEC Speaks Conference 2016: Key Takeaways for Public Companies

Senior SEC enforcement staff “Speaks” to the division’s performance in 2015 and identifies priorities for 2016. Senior members of the Enforcement Division of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) gathered on...more

SEC Speaks 2016: Enforcement Panels Double Down on Use of Data Analytics

Data collection and analysis continue to impact SEC’s approach to enforcement. The increasing use of data analytics to jump-start investigations and enforcement efforts dominated the panel discussion at this year’s...more

2015 Year-End Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

Welcome to the 2015 Year-End Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive Alerts, on matters we...more

SEC Speaks 2016: Enforcement Agenda Goes Beyond Disclosure

At the annual “SEC Speaks” conference held February 19-20, 2016, in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s senior leadership reviewed the agency’s efforts and priorities in 2015 and previewed upcoming...more

SEC Speaks – What to Expect in 2016

The leaders of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) addressed the public on February 19-20 at the annual SEC Speaks conference in Washington, D.C. The presentations covered an array of topics, but...more

The SEC Is Actively Encouraging Whistleblowers: How Should You Respond?

In the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) 2015 annual report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program, dated November 16, 2015, Sean McKessy, the chief of the Office of the Whistleblower (“OWB”), stated...more

Preparation for 2015 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2016 Annual Shareholder Meetings

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange...more

Securities Enforcement 2015 Year-End Review

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) filed a record 807 enforcement actions in fiscal year 2015, 52 more than it filed in 2014. It also set a record by obtaining approximately $4.2 billion in...more

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