June 15 Webcast: The Reemergence of Accounting Fraud as an SEC Enforcement Priority

The risk for public companies and senior management becoming the subject of a financial fraud investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission has never been greater. Mary Jo White, the SEC’s Chair, and the SEC’s Director of Enforcement, Andrew Ceresney, have publicly stated that financial fraud cases are a programmatic priority for the Commission. Indeed, the Commission has formed a Fraud and Audit Task Force to proactively identify potential schemes. Moreover, the Commission officials have routinely touted the Commission’s data analytic capabilities for detecting anomalies and red flags and have encouraged collaboration internally within the Commission and with other regulators.

This webcast will provide insights to all those in the financial reporting process including attorneys, accountants and other professionals preparing or auditing financial statements, investigating allegations of accounting misstatements or defending targets of investigations and lawsuits. Senior management, audit committee members and independent auditors are especially at risk given that the Commission has signaled a desire to bring enforcement action against gatekeepers. Consequently, it is important to understand what the Commission will be examining and how to respond when the Enforcement Division comes knocking.

The webcast will focus on the sources of the government’s investigations, hot accounting topics, process for investigating financial fraud allegations and the government’s expectations for responding to allegations of financial fraud. You will get insights on how to manage expectations of the board of directors and independent auditors as well as strategies for defending companies and individuals. Additionally, this webcast will cover cross border considerations, lessons from recent enforcement cases, and related class action lawsuits.

Please join Claudius O. Sokenu and Jerome S. Fortinsky, partners with Shearman & Sterling LLP, Howard A. Scheck, a Partner in KPMG LLP’s Forensic Advisory practice, and Stacy Fresch, Managing Director in KPMG LLP’s Forensic Advisory practice, as they address these issues as well as your questions.

To attend this webcast scheduled for Monday, June 15, at 1 pm Eastern, please sign up below.