Amidst holiday cheers and winter chills, lawyers and some former staff members of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department confirm that 2012 will be yet another busy year in regulation. For compliance professionals who want to update their checklists, here are the experts' thoughts on what to expect from both agencies next year.

Dodd-Frank Act

If Dodd-Frank kept you guessing on the upcoming rulemaking proposals this year, the trend will continue well into the first half of 2012.

The SEC has announced its intention to finish rules on executive compensation even though Dodd-Frank does not specify a mandatory deadline on ...