WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission is taking several steps to enhance its enforcement activities, including giving senior officials subpoena power for at least a year and creating five national units to specialize in complex areas of securities law.

The five units include one that will focus on municipal securities and public pensions and four others that will focus on asset management, market abuse, structured and new products, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the SEC’s top enforcement official said Wednesday night.

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