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SEC’s Ceresney on the role of whistleblower attorneys

Joe Mont | September 15, 2016

Since its inception, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower program has awarded tipsters more than $100 million for the information fueling  enforcement actions and more than $500 million in financial remedies.

During a speech this week where he trumpeted the initiative’s success, Director of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney addressed the role that the attorneys representing informants can, and should, play in the process.

“It will come as no surprise to this audience that we welcome the involvement of counsel in whistleblower tips,” Ceresney said, speaking at the annual Taxpayers Against Fraud Conference in Washington D.C. “While whistleblowers can engage with us without the assistance of counsel, counsel experienced in whistleblower representations can help with up-front triage of tips to identify those that have a nexus with the federal securities laws and that may have...

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