John R. (“Jack”) Hewitt is a securities lawyer and focuses his practice on securities litigation and regulatory advice and counsel to broker-dealers, investment banks and investment advisers. His work involves virtually every aspect of the federal and state securities laws, including equity, fixed income and derivatives trading, market manipulation, net capital, short-selling, suitability, record retention, insider trading, cybersecurity and registration issues.
Cybersecurity and RegTech are a major part of Mr. Hewitt’s practice, and he is a recognized national authority in these fields. Among other things, he advises firms on their development of information security programs, guides them through cyberincidents and represents them in any resultant regulatory inquiry. Mr. Hewitt regularly conducts cybersecurity audits for broker-dealers and investment advisers, and was the SEC-appointed independent outside consultant in the first major SEC cybersecurity enforcement action, In the Matter of LPL Financial Corp., Respondent Admin. Proc. File No. 3-13181 (2008).
Mr. Hewitt has written extensively on the regulation of electronic technology in the securities markets, including a series of articles for the New York Law Journal, and has chaired and spoken at numerous seminars on it. Mr. Hewitt is the author of Technology Regulation in the Federal Securities Markets, a Bloomberg BNA treatise, and is the editor and author of Securities Practice & Electronic Technology, an ALM treatise. He is also the author of the Record Keeping and Advertising chapters of the PLI Broker-Dealer Regulation treatise.
Mr. Hewitt was recently the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association, Business Section Subcommittee on Cybersecurity. He is a recipient of the Compliance Reporter Compliance Person of the Year award for his work in electronic technology regulation, was a participant in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s roundtable discussions on internet issues and is listed on the International Who’s Who of e-Commerce Lawyers.
Mr. Hewitt has extensive experience in securities regulation, beginning with his tenure as an Ohio Assistant Attorney General and senior prosecutor for the Ohio Division of Securities, followed by his role as a Senior Counsel in the SEC’s Enforcement Division in Washington, D.C. In these capacities, he successfully prosecuted broker-dealers, investment advisers and others for various violations of state and federal securities laws and was involved in several significant federal prosecutions including the Drexel Burnham matter. Mr. Hewitt was also a Senior Vice President and AGC at Shearson Lehman Hutton and Lehman Brothers, where he successfully defended these firms in various federal and state securities investigations.
Mr. Hewitt has been a partner and counsel at several of the country’s finest law firms including Mayer, Brown; McCarter & English and Kelley Drye, where he advised and defended many of the country’s largest and finest financial institutions.
In the Matter of Michael R. Pelosi, SEC Admin. Proc. File 3-14194 (March 27, 2014)
Represented Michael R. Pelosi, an investment adviser, in an SEC administrative action and the appeal to the Securities and Exchange Commission of the administrative order in this matter. The order found that Pelosi violated the fraud provisions of the Investment Advisers Act by providing false information in his performance reports to his clients. Mr. Pelosi maintained that his performance reporting was based on a calculation methodology that, while differing from that used by his firm, was nevertheless accurate and consistent with Advisers Act standards. The Commission ruled for Pelosi finding in a case of first impression that this use of an alternate performance calculation was consistent with established Advisers Act standards.
In the Matter of Felix Investments LLC, E. DiSanluciano, W. Barkow and F. Mazzola; Matter No. 2010020933302 (March 2012)
Represented a broker-dealer and three registered representatives in a FINRA investigation and enforcement action involving claims of unregistered sales of securities and fraudulent statements in these sales. FINRA alleged that the firm and these individuals offered and sold certain limited partnership interests that were not registered with the SEC and were sold through general solicitations over the Internet. FINRA alleged that these sales violated its Rule 2010 and that the firm had failed to establish and execute proper supervisory procedures to review these transactions. The settlement involved fines, short suspensions and certain undertakings.
In the Matter of Kellogg Partners Institutional Services LLC and M.A. Henriquez; Matter No. 20090166494-01 (December 2011)
Represented a broker-dealer, branch manager, and two registered representatives in a FINRA investigation and enforcement action involving claims of their failure to adhere to REG SHO requirements in the sale of certain fixed income securities. FINRA alleged that Kellogg and Mr. Henriquez had executed various short sales over a year period that violated SEC Rule 203(b)(1) as the firm did not have an exemption for these sales and failed to secure an appropriate borrow for them. FINRA also maintained that the firm did not have reasonable grounds to believe that the security could be borrowed. The settlement involved only the firm and one registered representative and included a fine, suspension and certain undertakings.
In the Matter of LPL Financial Corp., Respondent Admin. Proc. File No. 3-13181 (2008)
Appointed the independent consultant in an SEC enforcement action settlement against LPL Financial, one of the largest independent broker-dealers in the U.S. This matter involved numerous violations of Reg S-P including the firm’s failure to safeguard their customers’ personally identifiable information. The consultant was required to review the firm’s systems and written policies and procedures relating to Reg S-P; make recommendations on revisions to these and file a report with the SEC concerning these policies and procedures with a view to assuring the firm’s compliance with Reg S-P.
Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., Securities Regulation
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.
John Carroll University, B.A.
Co-Chair, American Bar Association, Business Section Subcommittee on Cybersecurity
Member, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
“Technology Regulation in the Federal Securities Markets,” Bloomberg BNA Treatise, Securities Practice Portfolio Series.
“An Analysis of New York’s Cybersecurity Regulation”; Bloomberg Law Insights, BNA’s Banking Report.
“Cybersecurity in Federal Securities Markets,” Bloomberg BNA Treatise, Securities Practice Portfolio Series.
“Responding to State Breach Notification Requirements,” German American Chamber of Commerce Legal & Tax Newsletter.
“Regulatory Guidance Informs Best Practices for Cybersecurity,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.
“Record Keeping and Advertising Chapters,” PLI Broker-Dealer Regulation Treatise.
“Securities Practice & Electronic Technology,” Treatise, ALM.
Law Business Research, Who’s Who of e-Commerce Lawyers
Compliance Reporter Compliance Person of the Year Award