SEC Top Enforcer Says Tougher Penalties Are Working – WSJ

Under Gurbir Grewal, director of the SEC’s enforcement division, the agency has brought a record number of actions. In the year ended Sept. 30, the SEC imposed financial remedies of about $5 billion through 784 enforcement actions, second only to the record set the year before at $6.44 billion in monetary penalties.

“That was a conscious effort over the last two years to make sure the penalties we were seeking were having that deterrent effect” that was more than the cost of doing business, Grewal told The Wall Street Journal.

Moving forward, the SEC is recalibrating penalties to identify and reward cooperation and remediation, Grewal said.

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