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- Is Trump’s “Foreclosure King” in Over His Head?
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- Equifax CEO Steps Down Amid Hacking Scandal
- Litigation Costs to Rub Salt in RBS Investor Wounds
- RIAs Poised to Land Wirehouse Recruits - Dan Jamieson
- Citibank and U.K. Affiliate to Pay $550K Penalty for Swap Data Reporting Violations - CFTC
- AIG to Restructure into 3 New Units, Marking CEO's First Big Move
- Accounting Firm Deloitte Says It Suffered Cyberattack (subsc reqd)
- Upcoming FINRA Board Meeting and FINRA360 Update
- Elizabeth Warren Lifts Hold on Trump DOJ Antitrust Nominee
- Bigger Mergers Narrow Indy Reps' Options, Alter IBD Channel - Dan Jamieson
- Dentons to Merge with U.K.'s Murray & Spens
- BigLaw Hogan Lovells Announces Hundreds of Buyouts, Layoffs - Almost 500 Affected
- Faith-Based Advisor Censured for Selling Class A Shares to Clergy
- After FINRA Bar, CFP Board Suspends Texas Advisor
- iCapital Network to Acquire U.S. Private Equity Access Fund Platform from Deutsche Bank
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Giving the SEC a Bigger Bite in Fight to Protect Investors
A bill was introduced in the Senate last week that would give the SEC authority to impose higher penalties on those who violate securities laws. Under The Stronger Enforcement of Civil Penalties Act of 2017:
- Individuals charged with the most serious securities law violations would face a penalty that would be the greater of: (i) $1 million; (ii) 3 times the monetary gain; or, (iii) the losses incurred by the victims of the violation.
- Entities charged with those serious violations would face a penalty that is the greater of: (i) $10 million; (ii) 3 times the monetary gain; or, (iii) losses the victims of the violations incurred.
- The SEC could triple its fines against repeat offenders that have committed criminal or civil securities fraud within the previous 5 years.
According to Bondbuyer.com, the SEC can currently only penalize violators in cases up to $181,071 per offense for individuals and $905,353 for institutions. The SEC can also calculate penalties to equal the amount of ill-gotten gains if the enforcement action is filed in federal court, but cannot do so if it is filed in an administrative proceeding. The legislation would allow the SEC to assess the penalties for cases in both federal court and administrative proceedings.
The bill was referred to the Senate Banking Committee for consideration.