SEC Enforcement: Talking the Talk, but Walking the Walk?

, New York Law Journal

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In his Corporate Securities column, John C. Coffee Jr., the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School and Director of its Center on Corporate Governance, writes: Many are disappointed (and even angry) that "few high level executives" have been prosecuted (criminally or even civilly) in connection with the 2008 financial crisis. The SEC still has some diehards who maintain that fraud has been fully prosecuted, but, even there, attitudes are changing. Even if the SEC is presenting itself as a more aggressive enforcer under its new chair, questions remain about whether its behavior has truly changed.

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