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While the SEC Whistleblower Program applies to violations of the U.S. securities laws, those violations may occur anywhere in the world. While each case is different and jurisdictional issues can be complex, organizations (or individuals) may be subject to SEC jurisdiction if they have investors, investments, operations, employees, or clients in the United States.
Fortunately, whistleblowers from all walks of life and every corner of the globe are coming forward. By the thousands. We have represented numerous international whistleblowers in high-profile whistleblower matters involving a wide-range of securities violations including Corporate Disclosures & Financials, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and Trading violations. To better serve our international clients, we have traveled overseas to discuss whistleblowing with them and their families and to investigate possible securities violations.
Since the program’s inception, submissions have come from whistleblowers in 130 countries, accounting for over 11% of all the agency’s tips. Countries with the highest concentration of whistleblowers include the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India and China. International whistleblowers have secured a number of significant bounties, including one of the largest monetary awards in the history of the SEC Whistleblower Program—more than $30 million.
Our reach, and our experience, is global. Illustrating this niche expertise in global regulation, on behalf of the SEC's Office of International Affairs, one of our partners spent many years strengthening partnerships and providing high-level training to international law enforcement and regulatory authorities. His international public advocacy work involved programs in Bahrain, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, the UAE and Vietnam. Today, in private practice, we are still -- and regularly -- called upon to advise and comment on securities enforcement and whistleblower related matters in foreign jurisdictions. In fact, in recent years, we have made presentations at the United Nations, UK House of Commons, Australian Parliament, and numerous international business and law schools.