Helane Morrison Set to Leave SEC at the End of the Month

Helane Morrison, a long-serving director of SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission)office in San Francisco is set to step down at the end of the month and take up a new job in a privately owned investment company. Morrison is set to join the Hall Capital Partners Firm in San Francisco as the general counsel and chief compliance officer. In a recent interview, she revealed that she is expected to join the firm after thanksgiving.

 

 

Morrison’s Time at the SEC

 

 

As the top official of SEC in Pacific Northwest and Northern California, she has caused several civil cases to be filed against some big corporations in this region for allegedly violating securities laws. Some of these cases involved Brocade Communications Systems (San Jose) executives for backdating stock options, a company purchased by McKesson Corp. (San Francisco pharmaceutical wholesaler) whose officials engaged in financial fraud and Franklin Resources (San Mateo mutual fund corporation) for improper trading. Helane Morrison stated that as she was starting on her job, a person had told her that SEC was known for instituting cases against unknown companies. Morrison in reply stated that nowadays they also bring in the big and significant cases too. Helane summed up by stating that she had enjoyed the time she spent at SEC and wanted to embark on a new challenge. {Read More}

 

 

About Helane Morrison

 

 

Helane Morrison is the current managing director, CCO and general counsel at Hall Capital Partners LLC and a member of the executive committee of the firm. Before she joined Hall Capital Partners in 2007, she was heading the SEC office based in San Francisco (1999 – 2007). She had started off as the district administrator before becoming the regional director. Morrison was in charge of securities litigation, enforcement and regulation in Northern California and a further five states in the Northwest. She headed the enforcement division of SEC office in San Francisco from 1996 up to 1999. She used to represent SEC in financial, business and legal communities as well as with news media and various government agencies.

 

 

Prior to her stint at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, she used to practice law at a San Francisco-based law firm (Howard & Rabkin Advocates) from 1986 to 1996. Morrison made partner of the firm in 1991. Her legal practice focused on SEC matters, business litigation and private securities actions defense. She was also involved in conducting investigations on internal corporate matters. She holds a B.S. in Journalism (Northwestern University) and went on to receive a J.D. from the Berkeley School of Law, University of California.

 

 

 

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