Helane Morrison has lived what can be considered a full swing life. She has been both on the serving end and the receiving end. And in both cases, the extreme highs. Or what can be said of a person who at one time headed law enforcement agency, had been earlier a representative of firms defending them against extreme enforcement by the very agency and now working as a compliance officer. Talk of an all-round pro.
In an article that appeared in XRepublic giving an account of Helane Morrison’s Life, Morrison comes out as the best fit for her current job at Hall Capital Partners. As a Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer, you would expect nothing but a firm that is destined for better days ahead. Already, Hall Capital has earned a place as one of the most successful investment companies in California.
Helane has been at the helm of the organization’s compliance program for the last eight years. And for the time, she has something to show out of it. Unlike in many investment companies where rubbing shoulders with the laws is the order of the law, Hall Capital seldom sees the doors of court for going against SEC.
Before joining Hall Capital, Helane served as the Securities and Exchange Commission’s head at its San Fransisco office for eleven years. At SEC, Helane was responsible for keeping local traders on their toes through fraud litigation, securities law enforcement, and regulatory issues. She was also the representative of SEC to other government agencies and the news media where she must have taken questions from firms in the investment sector.
Helane’s first degree was a B.S. Degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago. She later proceeded to earn her second one from University of California’s Berkeley School of Law. At this point, she had a stint at the California Law Review as an editor-in-chief. Upon passing the bar, Morrison served as a legal representative in different capacities up to a point of being a partner at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. Here she mainly concentrated on business litigation and defence of private securities actions including matters to do with SEC.
Helane’s main attraction to SEC was the firm’s diverse leadership culture in the financial industry. For the industry however, she is more keen to restore the public’s investor’s confidence in the financial markets. This is especially so after realizing that post-2007/2008 market crash, investors still had cold feet towards financial professionals in the industry.