A board guide to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s current priorities

December 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) plays a critical role in the regulation of US public companies, helping to shape the way that firms and their leaders communicate with their investors and the broader public. On November 29, 2018, Lead Director Network members gathered in Washington, DC, to discuss the SEC, its current priorities and activities, and the broader regulatory and enforcement environment. For a portion of the meeting, members were joined by Bill Hinman, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (Corp Fin), for an off-the-record conversation about the division’s current priorities.

This ViewPoints synthesizes conversations with LDN members before and during the meeting about the SEC’s current processes and addresses the following major themes:

  • Current SEC and Corp Fin priorities

  • The securities regulation and enforcement landscape