Last updated: 14:41 / Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Fiscal Year 2015

SEC Filed Record Number of Enforcement Actions and Obtained $4.2 Billion in Disgorgement and Penalties

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SEC Filed Record Number of Enforcement Actions and Obtained $4.2 Billion in Disgorgement and Penalties
  • In Fiscal Year 2015, the SEC filed 807 enforcement actions and obtained orders totaling approximately $4.2 billion in disgorgement and penalties
  • A record 507 were independent actions for violations of the federal securities laws
  • 300 were either actions against issuers who were delinquent in making required filings with the SEC or administrative proceedings seeking bars against individuals based on criminal convictions, civil injunctions, or other orders
  • In fiscal year 2014, the SEC filed 755 enforcement actions and obtained orders totaling $4.16 billion in disgorgement and penalties
  • For the first time, the agency brought actions against a private equity advisor for misallocating broken deal expenses

In the fiscal year that ended in September, the SEC filed 807 enforcement actions covering a wide range of misconduct, and obtained orders totaling approximately $4.2 billion in disgorgement and penalties.  Of the 807 enforcement actions filed in fiscal year 2015, a record 507 were independent actions for violations of the federal securities laws and 300 were either actions against issuers who were delinquent in making required filings with the SEC or administrative proceedings seeking bars against individuals based on criminal convictions, civil injunctions, or other orders. 

In fiscal year 2014, the SEC filed 755 enforcement actions and obtained orders totaling $4.16 billion in disgorgement and penalties. 

The agency’s first-of-their-kind cases included the first action involving: a private equity adviser for misallocating broken deal expenses;  an underwriter for pricing-related fraud in the primary market for municipal securities; a “Big Three” credit rating agency; violations arising from a dark pool´s disclosure of order types to its subscribers; an FCPA action against a financial institution; an admissions settlement with an auditing firm; and an SEC rule prohibiting the use of confidentiality agreements to impede whistleblower communiction with the SEC.

“Vigorous and comprehensive enforcement protects investors and reassures them that our financial markets operate with integrity and transparency, and the Commission continues that enforcement approach by bringing innovative cases holding executives and companies accountable for their wrongdoing sending clear warnings to would-be violators,” said SEC Chair Mary Jo White. “The Enforcement Division’s leveraging of data, quantitative analytics and the expertise of our other divisions contributed significantly to this year’s very strong results.”

“The Division’s hard work, tremendous energy, and efficiency uncovered significant misconduct during the past fiscal year, and helped bring a significant number of high-impact, first-of-their-kind actions,” said Andrew J. Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division.  “I continue to be proud of the Division’s record of accomplishments, and we have already continued to pave new ground in the new fiscal year.”

The following table breaks down the SEC’s enforcement results for FY 2013 through 2015:

 

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