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Sean X. McKessy: King of the whistleblowers

Tammy Whitehouse | May 9, 2017

The popular view may hold that companies and regulators are on opposing sides of most issues, but their interests really are not all that different, says Top Mind Sean X. McKessy.

“The idea that regulators and regulated entities are somewhat at loggerheads is a little overstated,” says the whistleblower attorney, who is a partner at law firm Phillips & Cohen. In fact, both sides have a vested interest in combatting fraud and facilitating capital formation. Both sides want to see investors emerge as the winners in capital markets.

McKessy would know. After building the whistleblower program at the Securities and Exchange Commission as mandated under the Dodd-Frank Act, he now represents whistleblowers who want to come forward and expose corporate wrongdoing. Before that, he began his career as a litigator at the SEC, then spent several years at different companies acting as in-house counsel. So, he’s quite familiar with looking at compliance from both sides of the...

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