WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Thursday that the agency has brought 700 enforcement actions in the 2020 fiscal year, a ‘significant’ amount after March 15.
In a virtual address kicking off “SEC Speaks 2020,” an annual SEC enforcement conference put on in conjunction with the Practicing Law Institute, Jay Clayton said the agency had also obtained financial remedies of more than $4 billion, up from a year prior.
The SEC has also reviewed disclosures of more than 10,700 funds–including more than 1,200 new funds–in 2020, an increase of 7% over last year, Clayton added.
“While the pandemic significantly impacted how we do our work, it did not negatively impact the work itself,” Clayton said.
“At the same time, we added to our work load,” the top market’s watchdog added in reference to the agency’s extended telework period that began https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-sec/u-s-sec-staff-stay-home-after-employee-treated-for-coronavirus-symptoms-idUSKBN20X2FW