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Going Public: My Adventures Inside the SEC and How to Prevent the Next Devastating Crisis by Norm Champ

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CHAPTER1

FISH OUT OF WATER

He’s got more guts than sense.

To Hell and Back (1955)

FIRST DAY

On January 25, 2010, I dropped two of my sons at their school in Manhattan. It was a typical cold winter day in New York City with the added twist of severe winter storm warnings bearing down on the city. After saying goodbye to the boys, I jumped on the express subway train and headed downtown to report for my first day at the New York regional office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at the World Financial Center. The SEC is located in the American Express Tower building, which has tight security procedures, so I had to wait near the building’s main security desk for an administrator to come get me. Upstairs she handed me two thick ...

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