Jonathan Piers Scott is an assistant regional director in the SEC enforcement division’s FCPA unit, based out of Fort Worth, Texas.
Scott started out with an interest in becoming a journalist. He studied journalism at Boston University, graduating in 1991, before interning with the States News Service.
But his interest soon turned to law, becoming a legal student at the American University’s Washington College of Law in 1992.
After graduating in 1995, Scott clerked first in the DC Superior Court, and then a year later for Stanley Sporkin, a former SEC enforcement director and general counsel for the CIA, in the DC District Court.
In 1997, Scott moved into private practice, joining Fried Frank Harris Shriver and Jacobson in Washington, DC, as an associate in the securities enforcement and regulatory practice group, and gaining experience of working on investigations.
In 2004, Scott left private practice for government service at the SEC, first in Washington, DC, and then Dallas in 2007. He hasn’t looked back since.
The most senior member of the FCPA unit in Texas, Scott was recently working on the foreign bribery investigation into oilfield services company Key Energy Services, which settled the case in 2016 for US$5 million. The penalty took into account the company’s financial plight – since the resolution Key Energy has filed for bankruptcy.
Scott is currently in charge of the SEC’s probe into Wal-Mart, which came under investigation after The New York Times published an expose accusing the retailer of bribing Mexican officials and then trying to sweep the whole thing under the carpet.
In his spare time, Scott is a running coach.