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SEC makes its annual whistleblower report to Congress – SPOILER ALERT: BEST YEAR EVER!

Posted  11/20/20
SEC-building
We already know it has been a banner year for the Securities and Exchange Commission's Whistleblower Program (fiscal year ending September 30).  As we previously reported, the record-breaking year included roughly $175 million in awards to 39 whistleblowers, with 15 awards in the month of September alone.  And this does not even include the $114 million blockbuster award the Commission made just three weeks ago,...

SEC Makes Whistleblower Award to Company Outsider

Posted  11/19/20
Securities and Exchange Commission building with logo zoomed in
The Securities and Exchange Commission continues to demonstrate its strong commitment to the agency's whistleblower program.  This past year was a record-breaking year by every measure, not the least of which was the roughly $175 million in awards the SEC doled out to 39 whistleblowers.  And just three weeks ago, the SEC made its largest award ever of $114 million, shattering the previous record $50 million award...

In an Effort to Curb Corruption, U.S. and Brazil Update Trade Agreement by Strengthening Whistleblower Protections

U.S. and Brazil flags flying together
On October 19, 2020, the U.S. and Brazil signed a Protocol on trade rules and transparency, updating their 2011 Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ATEC). The Protocol includes three annexes – one of which comprises cutting-edge provisions that are at the very forefront of recent developments in the area of whistleblower protection. Article 3 of Annex III provides specific obligations in line with both...

SEC Makes Record Whistleblower Award of $114 Million

Posted  10/29/20
SEC-building
Following on the heels of a record-breaking year for SEC whistleblower awards, the SEC broke new ground yet again with its blockbuster award last week of $114 million.  It far exceeds the next highest award of $50 million the SEC made in June.  And it brings to $676 million to 108 whistleblowers the total tally to date of awards under the SEC Whistleblower Program. Other than its size, another notable feature...

SEC Has Record Year of Whistleblower Rewards

Posted  10/9/20
Securities and Exchange Commission logo with a stack of coins and cash on top
The SEC closed out its fiscal year (September 30) with an avalanche of whistleblower awards, doling out 15 awards for a total of more than $50 million in September alone.  Six of those awards were made on September 30, clearly highlighting the SEC's desire to trumpet the success of its whistleblower program for this record-breaking year. The SEC also seems to be standing strong in its continued messaging to...

September 28, 2020

Fiat Chrysler N.V. will pay an SEC penalty of $9.5 million to settle charges that it made misleading disclosures.  Specifically, in February 2016, the company publicly stated that it had conducted an internal audit to confirm that its vehicles complied with emissions standards.  This statement misleadingly failed to disclose the limited nature of the internal audit and other related material facts, including about the existence of ongoing government investigations into the company’s diesel vehicle emissions systems.  SEC

With over $136 million in Whistleblower Awards in 2020, the SEC Amends the Rules of its Whistleblower Program

Posted  09/25/20
By Carolina Gonzalez
Securities and Exchange Commission building with logo zoomed in
In a public meeting held earlier this week, the SEC approved - by a 3-2 vote - several changes to its remarkably successful whistleblower program. Most notably, the Commission withdrew a 2018 contentious proposal which would have authorized it to reduce the amount of money in rewards issued in large enforcement actions where at least $100 million were collected. Moreover, all five Commissioners recognized the...

September 24, 2020

Following a guilty plea, Jason Galanis was sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison for his role in multi-million dollar securities frauds.  In the one scheme, Galanis acquired, but did not disclose, control of the Gerova Financial Group, Ltd. and caused the company to enter into transactions designed for his benefit, including issuance of Gerova stock for his benefit, which he subsequently sold while fraudulently maintaining the price of the stock through coordinated trades.  In a second scheme, Galanis misappropriated the proceeds of bonds issued by Native American tribal entity the Wakpamni Lake Community Corporation.  USAO SDNY

SEC Whistleblower Awards Keep Rolling In

Posted  09/17/20
a silver whistle on top of a stack of cash
Earlier this week, the SEC announced an award of more than $10 million "to a whistleblower whose information and assistance were of crucial importance to a successful SEC enforcement action."  This brings the total tally under the SEC's Whistleblower Program to $520 million in awards to 94 whistleblowers since the first award in 2012. It also marks the latest in a flood of awards this year, including the $50...
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