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With more than a century of combined experience prosecuting some of the most complex securities frauds in history, our team possesses expansive knowledge on topics ranging from legal and regulatory frameworks, corporate governance and ethics, to auditing reform, in-house compliance systems and internal investigations. As a result, we are regularly called upon both to author and comment on sophisticated topics for major media and, as bloggers for our own audience, to examine top-of-mind issues with a fresh and substantive perspective.

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January 15, 2016
FINRA Priorities Signal Important Shift in Industry
Labaton Sucharow
Last week, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released its regulatory and examination priorities for 2016. FINRA’s letter highlights five areas for examination at brokerage houses and financial advisory firms, including standards of ethical behavior, alignment of firm and customer interests, and the management of conflicts of interest. FINRA’s chairman also stated intentions to specifically examine the...
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January 7, 2016
The High Price of Secrets: The Whistleblower Revolution
Labaton Sucharow
Why the SEC Whistleblower Program Works March 20, 2020 Content has been updated In a recent piece on the FCPA Blog, I discuss how the SEC Whistleblower Program is revolutionizing the securities industry. The evidence is apparent in recent enforcement actions, such as a landmark case against JPMorgan announced just last month. The action, in which our client...
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January 5, 2016
The Crucial Work Ahead: Building Ethical Corporate Cultures
Labaton Sucharow
In our ongoing work to protect individual whistleblowers and bring wrongdoing to light, we never lose sight of our fundamental goal: to help establish a culture in which corporations no longer retaliate against those who raise concerns about misconduct.I was reminded of the importance of communicating this goal while serving as a panelist at the...
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December 18, 2015
Groundbreaking Enforcement Action Against JP Morgan
Labaton Sucharow
Today, the SEC announced that two J.P. Morgan wealth management subsidiaries agreed to pay $267 million to settle charges in an enforcement action initiated by information brought to the SEC by a Labaton Sucharow client, a J.P. Morgan executive. The enforcement is one of the largest and highest profile actions initiated by an SEC whistleblower...
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December 9, 2015
Strong E&C Programs: New Report Examines Key Characteristics
Labaton Sucharow
Working at the forefront of whistleblower advocacy, we have previously discussed the numerous ways companies hinder or actively retaliate against individuals who choose to bring corporate misconduct to light. In fact, according to the Ethics and Compliance Initiative’s National Business Ethics Survey, more than 1 in 5 respondents said they experienced retaliation after reporting internally. We also continue...
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November 24, 2015
Choosing to Act: Paths for Potential Whistleblowers
Labaton Sucharow
Among the many exciting trends examined in the recent annual report of the SEC Office of the Whistleblower, I was particularly impressed by the substantial growth in the number of tips received by the Commission. The nearly 4,000 tips—a record—not only illustrates growing public awareness of the program, but also demonstrates public action. Simply, a startling and increasing number...
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November 23, 2015
Five Tips for Potential Corporate Whistleblowers
Labaton Sucharow
In a recent piece in The New York Times, I discuss some of the key considerations for SEC whistleblowers including when, how and what to report, and how to navigate the high pressure environment of the whistleblower’s workplace. To read the full article, see here.
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November 20, 2015
5 Tips for Potential Whistleblowers
The New York Times
In an article in The New York Times, Jordan Thomas set out five tips prospective whistleblowers must keep top of mind while weighing the decision to report wrongdoing. Perhaps most important is that individuals must pay close attention to what information they report, to whom and when. Jordan also suggests “you don’t have to be...
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November 17, 2015
SEC Whistleblower Office Annual Report: Two of Eight Awards to Labaton Sucharow Clients
Labaton Sucharow
Late yesterday, the SEC Office of the Whistleblower issued its annual report to Congress chronicling the program’s activities during the prior fiscal year. We summarized the results in a piece for the FCPA Blog here. Looking at the eight whistleblower awards issued this past year, there are two notable firsts: the first whistleblower award to a...
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November 9, 2015
Recent Whistleblower Award: Timing Matters
Labaton Sucharow
The SEC just announced another whistleblower award, granting more than $325,000 to a former investment firm employee whose tips led to a successful enforcement action. This award, like the $30 million award granted to a whistleblower last year, came with a caveat: the whistleblower could have received a larger award, if not for a delay in reporting. While...
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November 3, 2015
A Bold Step Forward: New UK Rules Empower Whistleblowers
Labaton Sucharow
Just last month, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), together with the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulatory Authority, published strident new rules to encourage and support whistleblowers at financial institutions. By September 2016, banks and credit unions with more than £250 million in assets must standardize internal whistleblowing programs. They must also assign a senior manager to...
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October 23, 2015
SEC Announces Fiscal Year 2015 Enforcement Results: Innovative Actions to Fight Corruption
Labaton Sucharow
The SEC just released its fiscal year 2015 results, which highlight the Commission’s stalwart determination to protect investors, hold companies and executives responsible for misconduct, and demand integrity in our financial markets. The SEC’s enforcement approach brought an amazing breadth and depth of cases spanning the entire securities industry. The Commission filed 807 enforcement actions, a...
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December 2, 2019
Understanding the Factors that Determine an SEC Whistleblower Award: Opportunities & Outcomes
Jordan A. Thomas As the SEC Whistleblower Program grows in awareness ($387 million in awards to date is pretty good advertising) more and more individuals explore the investor protection initiative that provides eligible whistleblowers monetary incentives and employment protections with the comfort of anonymous reporting. The program has been such an unmitigated success that between...
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July 23, 2019
SEC Whistleblower Program Surpasses $2 Billion in Monetary Sanctions With Latest Whistleblower Award
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) awarded a half-million dollars “to an overseas whistleblower whose expeditious reporting helped the Commission bring a successful enforcement action.” The Commission’s press release further reports that, with this and other recent enforcement actions brought as a result of tips from SEC whistleblowers, the SEC Whistleblower Program has yielded more than $2...
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July 24, 2018
Private: Dashboard: Fast Facts from the ECI’s 2018 State of Ethics & Compliance in the Workplace
Corporate Whistleblower Watch
47% of employees said that within the last 12 months they observed conduct that either violated organizational standards or the law. 69% of employees reported the misconduct that they observed. 44% of employees who reported misconduct experienced retaliation, double the figure in 2013. 16% of employees experienced pressure to compromise standards 40% of employees believed...
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