G. Jeffrey Boujoukos is the co-leader of our securities enforcement practice. The former regional director of the Philadelphia Regional Office of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Jeff defends public companies, financial services firms, and their executives in SEC, self-regulatory organization (SRO), and state enforcement matters.
Combining his government and private practice experience, Jeff advises clients in collaboration with Morgan Lewis’s corporate and business transactions, white collar defense, and investment management practices. Jeff also serves on the firm’s ESG & Sustainability Advisory Working Group and advises companies and financial services firms on matters related to ESG reporting and disclosure.
As regional director, Jeff supervised the SEC’s examination and enforcement programs in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He led a staff of approximately 160 enforcement attorneys, accountants, investigators, and compliance examiners who investigated and enforced the federal securities laws and performed compliance inspections in the Philadelphia region with jurisdiction over nearly 1,200 investment advisers and investment companies with more than $10 trillion in assets under management. Further, he closely coordinated with state and federal criminal authorities on a number of parallel investigations.
Jeff also spearheaded the SEC’s outreach efforts to retail investors in the Philadelphia region, meeting with registrants, senior investors, college and high school students, and members of the military to promote financial literacy and help protect against fraud. In 2016, he was recognized by the SEC with the Arthur F. Matthews Award for his "sustained demonstrated creativity in applying federal securities laws for the benefit of investors."
Prior to being named regional director of the Philadelphia office, Jeff served as the office’s associate regional director from 2014 to 2016. In that role, he supervised the region’s enforcement efforts, including the investigation and litigation of matters involving insider trading, financial reporting and accounting fraud, investment advisors, broker-dealers, offering frauds, and Ponzi schemes. He began his tenure at the SEC in 2009 as regional trial counsel for the office, conducting jury trials and emergency hearings, as well as supervising the Trial Unit staff, in actions pending in federal court and administrative proceedings.
In his time as a partner at Morgan Lewis before joining the SEC, Jeff represented broker-dealers, clearing firms, investment advisers, mutual funds, and individuals regarding matters pending with the SEC in Washington, DC, and in its regional and district offices across the United States. Additionally, Jeff represented clients in connection with matters before SROs and state authorities such as the Attorney General offices of New York, New Jersey, and Ohio.
Jeff also has civil litigation experience in class action and other commercial matters. He has represented clients in shareholder and other class actions and complex litigation against corporations, directors, and officers. He has counseled clients in connection with failed transactions, closing balance sheet issues, and breaches of representations and warranties. These representations have taken him to federal and state trial courts throughout the United States.
Jeff has litigated to award a number of multimillion-dollar arbitrations before Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and American Arbitration Association arbitration panels, including matters involving claims against brokerage firms for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, negligence, and breach of the federal securities laws.
Recommended, Dispute resolution: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense, The Legal 500 US (2021–2023)
Recommended, Dispute resolution: Securities litigation: defense, The Legal 500 US (2021–2023)
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US Securities and Exchange Commission, Arthur F. Matthews Award
Editor, Temple Law Review
Vice President, Museum, and Trustee, The Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society (2021-2023)