SEC struggles to penalize accounting misconduct by Chinese executives in US markets

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(Reuters) – Alarmed by widening accounting debacles at U.S.-listed Chinese companies, American regulators are scrambling to stem the damage from gaps in laws adopted to protect investors after the Enron scandal a decade ago.

U.S. investors had risked billions of dollars on hundreds of companies based in China – under a belief they were subject to U.S. rules when they sell and list shares in the United States – but a lot of that money has gone up in smoke.

The accounting blowups have humbled some prominent American investors such as top hedge fund manager John Paulson and former AIG CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, spawned lawsuits and prompted a broad investigation by U.S. regulators.

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