Helane Morrison, the General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer of Hall Capital Partners LLC, an advisory firm, has the reputation of a tough lady in the financial world. Before joining Hall Capital, she was working as the Regional Director of Securities and Exchange Commission San Francisco during the period 1999-2007. During the period, she took many bold actions that changed the financial culture of the firms. Her cleaning up process didn’t leave anyone, and tech majors and corporate giants faced wrath from her for manipulation and fraudulence.
During her years at the office, Helane took care of regulatory compliance, litigation matters and enforcement of securities in Northern California and five other states. She did a transparency drive in business dealings of corporate majors and ensured the support of other governmental agencies and media. She initiated financial fraud investigations against many of the corporate giants’ executives and ensured punishment for them. She exposed the illicit trade of fraudulent securities to service people. She also found the destruction of audit papers by the partners of large audit firms such as Ernst & Young.
She also worked against insider trading and took active measures to minimize the risks associated with online trading websites. She gave assistance to senior citizens who were cheated by the irregularities of firms. The executives of Hewlett-Packard, Google, HBO, NextCard Inc, and others faced the legal actions initiated by her. Her efforts have added the required confidence in the investors during those years and firms started following strict compliance on regulatory matters related to business and financial transactions.
During the initial years of her career, Helane worked as a Partner at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin with responsibilities including the focus on business litigation and SEC matters. She also led internal corporate investigations. She completed her J.D. from Berkeley – School of Law, the University of California before starting her career. While doing her J.D. she worked with California Law Review as editor-in-chief. She also did a graduation in journalism from Northwestern University.
In 2007, she joined Hall Capital, a major investment management and advisory firm with offices in New York and San Francisco. The firm is completely run by women. In Hall capital, she drives the integrity and professionalism to ensure the better service to customers. She oversees the operations and formulates strategies to make sure the long-term growth of the company. She is an occasional speaker on various legal and compliance matters that are aimed to educate the investors.