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Former SEC/SIGTARP senior official Richard M. Rosenfeld joins Mayer Brown as co-leader of US Securities Litigation & Enforcement group

31 May 2011

Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Richard M. Rosenfeld has joined the partnership to co-lead the US Securities Litigation & Enforcement group working from both the Washington, DC and New York offices.

Mr. Rosenfeld has nearly 17 years of experience practicing in the securities field, including more than a decade in government regulatory and enforcement positions. Most recently, he was asked to return to the government from private practice in the midst of the financial crisis to serve as Chief Investigative Counsel in the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP).

In his role at SIGTARP, Mr. Rosenfeld helped build and lead a team of top white collar, securities and bank fraud specialists tasked with conducting criminal and civil investigations into some of the most complex bank, securities and mortgage frauds in US history. He managed more than 80 lawyers, federal agents, accountants and analysts pursuing more than 150 investigations. Additionally, he led SIGTARP’s involvement in several of  the TARP-related bailout programs, including the investment management agreements for the more than $100 billion Public/Private Investment program.

“I am looking forward to contributing to the talented and distinguished group of lawyers here at Mayer Brown,” Mr. Rosenfeld said. “The firm’s strong reputation for the highest quality representation in prominent situations, particularly in the corporate and financial services sectors, makes it the perfect place for my practice. I have great respect for the deep client relationships the firm has built across many practice areas both in the United States and in international markets and look forward to working with my colleagues around the globe.”

In private practice, Mr. Rosenfeld represents financial institutions, funds, companies and individuals in a variety of business, regulatory and compliance issues. Mr. Rosenfeld advises on transactions, policies and procedures, investigations, regulatory enforcement and litigation before the SEC, other financial services regulators and the US Department of Justice. These matters typically involve allegations of fraud, whether it be financial reporting violations, insider trading, market manipulation, or other regulatory or compliance issues. Mr. Rosenfeld has substantial securities litigation experience in the federal courts, in addition to leading internal investigations and advising clients on regulatory compliance, corporate governance and other SEC-related issues.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Rosenfeld served in the Division of Enforcement at the SEC. During his time with the Commission, he handled some of the most complex securities frauds in SEC history and was detailed as a special prosecutor to multiple US Attorney’s offices across the country to assist in matters involving cross border money laundering, tax evasion and securities, bank, mail and wire fraud. He ended his career with the Commission as the first and only internationally based SEC representative in London where he organized, managed and directed one of the largest multinational financial fraud litigations in SEC history and worked with the highest ranking regulators of several countries to address cooperation in international securities matters.  

Mr. Rosenfeld was a partner at two prominent firms in London and Washington, DC prior to his return to the government to assist with the bailout. He received  his JD from Cornell Law School and his BA, with highest honors, from Rutgers University.

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