Former SEC Enforcement directors reminisce at SEC Historical Society event

By Amanda Maine, J.D. Eight former directors of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement spoke about their tenures at the SEC at a recent event hosted by the SEC Historical Society. The former directors discussed their experiences at the SEC and how the Enforcement Division has evolved over time. Birth of the Division: 1970s. Moderator Dr. Harwell Wells kicked off the discussion with a remembrance of former SEC Commissioner Irving Pollack, who established the SEC’s Enforcement Division in 1972 and was its founding director. Pollack passed away in 2016 at the age of 98. Judge Stanley Sporkin, who served as Division director from 1974 to 1981, praised Pollack as the perfect leader and an extremely principled person who was available to everyone. Wells inquired how the Division handled high-profile matters in the 1970s. Sporkin said that “no” was never an answer. If there was a problem they had to solve it, and they did it by using imagination and talent. …

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