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SEC Targets Severance Agreements that Silence Whistleblowers
  • Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Ireland, USA
  • August 19 2016

Protecting and encouraging whistleblowers is a priority for the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") as well as

SEC Targets Employment Agreements Requiring Waiver of Whistleblower Awards
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Ireland, USA
  • August 19 2016

The SEC's Office of the Whistleblower continues to examine employee severance, settlement and confidentiality agreements for language that might

Companies Should Revisit Severance and Other Agreements as the SEC Steps Up Enforcement Actions to Protect Whistleblower Rights
  • Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
  • Ireland, USA
  • August 18 2016

In less than one week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced enforcement actions against two companies that had required their

SEC Fines Company that Used Severance Agreements to Discourage Whistleblowing
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Ireland, USA
  • August 15 2016

Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reached at $265,000 settlement with BlueLinx Holdings Inc. The SEC alleged that BlueLinx

SEC Penalizes Company For Severance Language Purportedly Impeding Complaints
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Ireland, USA
  • August 12 2016

On August 10, 2016, the SEC announced that BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (Company) is settling charges that it violated Rule 21F-17 by requiring outgoing

The Front Page, Asset Management & Investment Funds: Irish Practice Developments: ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority)
  • A&L Goodbody
  • Ireland, USA
  • August 2 2016

ESMA appoints new Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group. ESMA publishes responses received to its consultation on Guidelines on CSDR. European

2016 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Ireland, USA
  • July 29 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Mid-Year Report From the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose is to provide

The Long-Awaited OSC Whistleblower Program Is Now In Force
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Canada, Ireland, USA
  • July 21 2016

On July 14, 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission (the “OSC”) broke ground in Canada when it officially launched its widely anticipated Office of

SEC Loses Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower
  • McGuireWoods LLP
  • Ireland, USA
  • July 14 2016

On Friday, July 8, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Sean McKessey, Chief of the SEC's Office of the Whistleblower, will

SEC Whistleblower Chief Sean McKessy to Leave, Agency Announces
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Ireland, USA
  • July 8 2016

The SEC announced today the departure of Sean X. McKessy, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. Mr. McKessy was the first to hold that role