New York, NY, November 19, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Michael H. Huneke, Attorney, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Mitigate Potential Whistleblower Violations Amidst Increased SEC Investigations Live Webcast.” This event is scheduled for December 10, 2015 @ 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (ET).
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About Michael Huneke
Michael Huneke is a Senior Attorney at Hughes Hubbard & Reed with significant experience conducting anti-corruption investigations and compliance program reviews and representing individuals accused of white-collar offenses. Mike has conducted numerous investigations, including in connection with whistleblower allegations and with U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. congressional, or World Bank and other multilateral development bank inquiries. Mike has assisted American, Asian, and European clients in designing, implementing, and maintaining anti-corruption policies and compliance programs, including the design and implementation of whistleblowing hotlines. Mike co-authored the treatise Anti-Corruption Law and Compliance: Guide to the FCPA and Beyond, published in July 2014 by Bloomberg/BNA. Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard, Mike clerked on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
About Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is an international law firm ranked for ten years, including five years in a row as the top-ranked New York-based firm, on The American Lawyer’s A-List of what the magazine calls “the top firms among the nation’s legal elite.” Our attorneys advise and represent clients in over 30 specialized practices from offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Paris, Los Angeles, Miami, Jersey City, Kansas City, and Tokyo. For more information, please visit www.hugheshubbard.com.
On April 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) brought its first enforcement action under SEC Rule 21F-17. The rule prohibits companies from taking actions to impede whistleblowers from reporting possible securities law violations to the SEC, including by threatening to enforce a confidentiality agreement. Since then, the Second Circuit's September 10, 2015 decision in Berman has created a circuit split over which whistleblowers are protected from retaliation, which unless and until addressed by the U.S. Supreme creates significant differences in retaliation protections across the country. The SEC's Office of the Whistleblower continues to be very active, as evidenced by recent enforcement statistics.
Given the SEC's increased investigation and awards, broader information requests and more rigid enforcement actions regarding Rule 21F-17 and the conduct of internal investigations into whistleblower allegations, it is crucial for companies and self-regulatory organizations to re-examine their agreements, codes of conduct and other internal documents and strengthen their internal compliance policies to mitigate whistleblower violations.
In a two-hour live Webcast, a panel of thought leaders and professionals assembled by the Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the most important aspects in Mitigating Potential Whistleblower Violations Amidst Increased SEC Investigations.
Key topics include:
· SEC Rule 21F-17 – A Legal Primer, including Discussion of the Current Circuit Split and Issues in Judicial Enforcement and Interpretation
· Identifying and Responding to Whistleblower Violations
· Lists of Violations of Federal Securities Laws
· Risks and Legal Challenges
· Risk Mitigation
· Up-to-the-minute Regulatory Developments
About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit: http://theknowledgegroup.org/