Accountants and auditors as SEC whistleblowers
Nearly every public company and financial industry firm subject to the enforcement jurisdiction of the US Securities and Exchange Commission employs both internal and external accountants and auditors. Under the SEC’s complicated whistleblower rules promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Act, these accountants and auditors may be able to use information obtained while performing their professional duties to blow the whistle on a client or employer and get a monetary award. This Alert is intended to make those rules relatively easy to understand.
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The EU’s banking union proposals, consolidating the European regulatory supervision of credit institutions
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Shearman & Sterling is making its presence felt in the City, squaring up to magic circle firms and looking to muscle in on key relationships. Private equity house Bridgepoint is one outfit that has had its head turned by the US firm.
Imagine you’re the general counsel of London-based private equity investor BC Partners. You’re sipping on your coffee, hashing out the details of your imminent £382m investment into UK-based business publishing company Mergermarket.