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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.




Helane Morrison Contributions in The Corporate World.

In 2008, the world experienced a financial crisis. Most of the nations, especially in the industrialized world were affected. The crisis started from the United States then gradually spread to the rest of the world. Most of the financial institutions in the world were affected, and most of them had to run to their governments for help. After the crisis, many irregularities were discovered in these institutions. Most of them did not have employees who were honest and qualified, and this was one of the reasons for the crisis. A lot of money had been stolen by employees, and the papers clearly misappropriation.
There is one person who has proven that it is possible to remain loyal and honest to the employer all the time. Her name is Helane Morrison. Helane is a very successful and popular lawyer who is based in the United States of America. Helane’s┬ácontributions in the corporate world are highly appreciated, and she is considered as one of the most influential individuals who ever served in this department.
Helane began her career in journalism before getting other positions. Several years ago, she was appointed to become the managing director of the Securities and Exchange Commission that is based in San Francisco. In this position, the determined and successful lawyer has done a lot to bring sanity and order. She is very optimistic that by the end of her tenure, integrity and the proper ethics will be upheld by everyone. At the moment, she is the first woman to have held that position in the country.
Her promotion to this position was something she did not expect. Mr. Arthur Levitt, made the important announcement, changing the live of the lawyer. The position of district chief is quite senior, and it is also considered to be one of the most corrupt in the country. Since her appointment was made, Helane has worked together with the rest of the employees, creating a good team that has made a lot of positive changes. She is in charge of the office, and she is dedicated to ensure that the place is free from corruption. After getting the appointment, the lawyer has put the corrupt employees in jail and also released other who was not given a fair trial. She remains one of the most influential people in the department, setting a good example that women can become very successful and get important positions.