The New Whistleblower Protection Rule

The SEC’s new whistleblower program officially became effective on August 12, and the SEC has launched a new webpage for people to report a violation of the federal securities laws and apply for a financial award.

Following enactment of Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Office of the Whistleblower was established by the SEC to administer its whistleblower program. The SEC has appointed Sean McKessy as its head. Under the program, the SEC may provide monetary awards to eligible individuals who come forward with high-quality original information that leads to an SEC enforcement action in which over $1,000,000 in sanctions is ordered. The webpage notes that the range for awards is between 10% and 30% of the money collected. See More…

Author: Dexter Johnson

The author is a an attorney who for the past 14 years has concentrated his practice in representing, successfully, investment advisers, broker-dealers, corporations and individuals who are subject to SEC, FINRA, State or other regulations and who may be the subject of regulatory examination, review or investigation. He formerly worked at the SEC. His regulatory and litigation experience has encompassed virtually every type of securities issue in the industry. He has also negotiated favorable outcomes in many of these matters for his clients.