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March 2003 , Page 47 

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White Collar Crime

By Kathryn Keneally

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The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: An overview for defense lawyers

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 ("Sarbanes-Oxley" or the "Act") made major changes to the securities laws, imposed a new regime over accounting firms that audit public companies, created new criminal statutes and made significant amendments to existing criminal statutes. Through implementing regulations, Sarbanes-Oxley will bring about even more change, including the delineation of new standards for attorneys practicing before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 

This column is, almost obviously, only the first that will address issues under Sarbanes-Oxley in this space. Some of the provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley have merit, while other provisions reflect at best misguided intentions and overreaching. Much of the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley is left to regulation. The Act imposed stringent deadlines, and some of the required regulation has already been put in place and more is in proposed form.1 Comments on t

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