In the years following the enactment of Sarbanes-Oxley and the sharp economic downturn of the mid-2000s, SEC regulators stepped up their enforcement efforts in response to calls for greater scrutiny of public company practices. Calling it a “core principle,” the SEC reiterated its commitment to seek to hold individuals personally accountable for violations of the Federal securities laws by investigating and charging individuals and seeking disgorgement of ill-gotten gains. The intense glare of an SEC investigation poses a serious threat to the future success of the individuals and organizations targeted. We represent company officers, directors, employees, and professional services firms facing severe repercussions from enforcement actions and investigations brought by the SEC, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and other regulatory oversight agencies.
Our team has deep experience with the securities laws and regulators, having defended against countless investigations and allegations brought against corporate executives. We have established mutually respectful relationships with investigative agency personnel and enforcement attorneys, and we come to our cases with an understanding of how to effectively evaluate the merits and efficiently navigate the best path to success.
We defend individuals and companies against allegations involving:
Our work involves continuous discussions with regulators to understand their cases and claims, conferencing with investigators to persuade them to dismiss or reduce the investigations’ scope, preparing executives to testify and trying cases in Federal court and before administrative agencies.
At all times we maintain constant communication with our clients to ensure that our defense strategy is aligned with their goals and business objectives.