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The Many Recent Signals that Foreshadow a More Aggressive SEC  in Terms of Enforcement Action and Stiffer Penalties for Wrongdoers

The first few months of 2021 have marked a clear shift in how the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) could soon start holding corporations to a much higher standard of accountability for actions that harm investors. A central theme of the SEC’s emerging mindset, as stated in a March 9, 2021, speech by Commissioner Caroline Crenshaw is the belief that corporate culture comes from the top and there is a strong need to incentivize companies to foster a culture of compliance, not misconduct.

New SEC Climate Change and ESG Task Force to Enhance Investor Protection by Red Flagging Examples of Corporate Greenwashing

Several recent actions and statements made by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have underscored its plans to prioritize enforcement of climate change and other environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in 2021.

SEC Division of Examinations Cites Enhanced Focus on Business Continuity Processes, Protection of Retail Investors and ESG-Related Risks Among its 2021 Priorities

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Examinations ("EXAMS" or the "Division") released its annual priorities on March 3, 2021 in a 42-page report of exam priorities.  Among other things, the list includes an ongoing emphasis on the overall strength of financial advisers’ compliance programs and a growing interest in the evolving risks to investors related to relevant climate and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) funds.

 

Safeguarding Your Firm Against Fraudulent or Improper Recognition of Revenue

A recent enforcement action by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") provides valuable insight for firms seeking to prevent improper recognition of revenue, a common type of accounting fraud regulators contend with each year.

A Forgettable Year for Small Business Ends with Memorable Changes to SEC Regs for Exempt Offerings

In general, small businesses tend to be more vulnerable in an economic downturn because they lack the financial cushion many larger companies have. Since the creation of the Federal Reserve System in 1913, large businesses have benefited from a more favorable regulatory framework and from liquidity backstops that the Fed has used to fortify weakness in financial markets.

Integral Factors for Your Firm's Mock SEC Examination

When the SEC, FINRA or State Regulators come knocking, you want your firm to be prepared and Jacko Law Group can make sure you are.

SEC Charges San Antonio CEO with Defrauding Investors Including First-Responders

On July 30, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced it was bringing charges against San Antonio-based CEO, Victor Lee Farias, and his firm, Integrity Aviation & Leasing (“IAL”), for defrauding investors, including police officers and other first-responders, out of approximately $14 million.

ICO To Return $25 Million to Investors

On May 28, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that San Jose-based block chain services firm BitClave PTE Ltd. (“BitClave”) agreed to settle charges related to an unregistered initial coin offering (“ICO”) of digital asset securities.

SEC Charges Morgan Stanley Smith Barney with Providing Misleading Information to Retail Clients

On May 12, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (“MSSB”) agreed to settle charges that it provided misleading information regarding transaction costs and services to retail clients in its wrap program for the period from 2012 to 2017.

FINRA’s Senior Help Line: Celebrating 5 Years of Providing Protection

On April 30, 2020, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) celebrated the fifth anniversary of its Senior Help Line (the “Help Line”). The Help Line is a critical tool in FINRA’s initiative to combat financial exploitation of seniors and other vulnerable populations.

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