While the SEC Whistleblower Program applies to violations of the U.S. securities laws, those violations may occur anywhere in the world. While each case is different and jurisdictional issues can be complex, organizations (or individuals) may be subject to SEC jurisdiction if they have investors, investments, operations, employees, or clients in the United States.
Fortunately, whistleblowers from all walks of life and every corner of the globe are coming forward. By the thousands. At Labaton Sucharow, we represent numerous international whistleblowers in high-profile whistleblower matters involving a wide-range of securities violations including Corporate Disclosures & Financials, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and Trading violations. To better serve our international clients, we have traveled overseas to discuss whistleblowing with them and their families and to investigate possible securities violations.
Since the program’s inception, submissions have come from whistleblowers in 103 countries, accounting for approximately 10% of all the agency’s tips, and this percentage has grown by approximately 10% every year. Countries with the highest concentration of whistleblowers include the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India and China. International whistleblowers have secured a number of significant bounties, including the largest monetary award in the history of the SEC Whistleblower Program—more than $30 million.