Helane Morrison: The Iron Lady Who Showed The Way Of Transparency

Helane Morrison, the Chief Compliance Officer of Hall Capital Partners LLC, San Francisco, has a different story in the past. It is none other than enforcing the tech and business powerhouses to follow transparency and to stop unethical business practices for almost ten years as the head of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), San Francisco. The period from 1999-2007, where she was ruling the SEC was regarded as the most transparent years of the regulatory office in the history. Her initiatives have brought back the trust of investors to the market. Helane did a cleanup in the financial reporting of corporates by enforcing integrity, accountability, and regulatory compliance, and most of the tech majors faced legal action, and this changed the perspective of market permanently and shaped it to investor friendly.



During those days, Helane took care of the regulatory matters of Northern California and five other Northwest states. Having a great reputation of a strict enforcement officer, she is invited to address various business and regulatory meetings to give training and information on the importance of regulatory measures and its benefits. In her current role at Hall Capital, she makes sure that all the dealing are ethical and compliant to regulatory measures. In the firm which is run by women, she works on every measure to ensure the confidence of investors as the 2008 crisis scars are still there in some of theirs minds. She leads a team of enforcement staff in the firm which works on any defective deals, takes correction steps, and enforces disciplinary action.



Before working with SEC, she worked as the Title Associate with Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin and later, elevated as the Partner of the firm. During the period, she conducted various internal corporate investigations and practiced in business litigations, SEC matters, and private security actions as an attorney. Helane has also worked as a law clerk to Harry Blackmun and Hon. Richard Posner. She left the firm in 1996 to join SEC as Assistant District Administrator in its San Francisco office, and within three years, she elevated to Regional Director of the office and started the corporate cleanup.



While coming to her education, Helane completed J.D. from Berkeley – School of Law, University of California. She also completed Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. She is the board member of Regional Parks Foundation, a non-profit foundation working to provide educational and recreational programs by protecting the East Bay Regional Park District. Helane is also a board member of American Bar Association.

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