The director of the San Francisco Securities and Exchange Office, Helane Morrison, is leaving on excellent terms to become the general counsel and chief compliance officer for Hall Capital. The SEC released an overly gushing statement about the long running director. Her work at the SEC has been impeccable much like most of her career.
She started there in 1999, when the tech boom started. She played a key role in the back dating stock options cases against Silicon Valley tech companies. The SEC went from prosecuting no name companies to bringing in much bigger fish. Morrison oversaw cases in Northern California, Oregon, Montana, Washington, and Idaho. She helped the office to grow and double in size. The office become a regional one under her leadership.
In addition to the backdating cases, she also brought financial fraud cases against HBO & Co, and NextCard, financial reporting cases against Hewlett Packard and Google, and a registration violation against Google. Her tenure brought many big name executives to justice and put her office on the map. She also had her offices inspecting documents and regulating many other businesses and organizations.
Helane Morrison wants to help the public regain confidence in the finance industry. She works hard to ensure she is ethical and holds others to her high level of ethics. She received her law degree from UCLA and has served under two high court justices. She has worked at the private law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, where she became partner.