Some Insight Into SEC's Focus On Accounting Misconduct

Law360, New York (March 15, 2016, 11:03 AM EDT) -- Stephen J. Crimmins

James K. Goldfarb In 2013, with financial crisis enforcement cases winding down, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced a renewed focus on audit, accounting and financial reporting misconduct.[1] Although initial results, measured by cases brought in 2013 and 2014, were modest by historical standards, the volume and substance of the cases brought in 2015 underscores the commission's commitment to aggressive enforcement in this space.[2]

For further confirmation, one need look no further than Andrew Ceresney's Jan. 25 keynote address to the Corporate Directors Forum.[3] In candid, revealing remarks, the SEC's enforcement director surveyed the commission's recent initiatives,...

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