Whistleblowers’ Impact on Corporations and SEC Enforcement

It has been an active year for the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, with increasing tips coming in, awards going out and the recent Digital Realty Trust Supreme Court decision discouraging internal reporting. At a recent panel at the Securities Enforcement Forum, Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower (OWB), discussed the office’s priorities. She was joined by Bridget Moore, a partner at Baker Botts who represents companies before the SEC, and Sean McKessy, a partner at Phillips & Cohen and former head of the OWB, who represents whistleblowers, providing a multitude of perspectives on the best practices for handling whistleblower complaints. See “Ninth Circuit Limits Protections for Whistleblowers Reporting FCPA Violations” (Apr. 3, 2019).

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