Specifically, the SEC order emphasized that company lawyers had received several “general client bulletins, legal alerts, and case summaries” about the Commission’s 21F-17 enforcement activity. In addition, the company’s regular outside employment counsel attached an alert as a “client memo” to an email they sent to the General Counsel and other lawyers involved with the employment agreements, which predicted more enforcement activity and recommended that public companies revise their employment agreements. While Rule 21F-17(a) doesn’t require intent to prove a violation, the SEC cast that as “specific advice” – and used it to add context to other findings that resulted in the settlement.
‘Enforcement 40’ for 2020
Join Us On LinkedIn
Join the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Group on LinkedIn