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David is a former Supervisory Trial Counsel at the SEC’s Philadelphia Regional Office and a former federal prosecutor. His practice focuses on representing companies and individuals under investigation by government agencies, including the DOJ and SEC, concerning alleged violations of state and federal law, including securities laws and the FCPA, as well as antitrust matters. David also helps FinTech companies, including cryptocurrency (i.e., Bitcoin) issuers, navigate a wide range of regulatory issues and obstacles.

As a federal prosecutor, David prosecuted investigated and prosecuted a number of cases involving money laundering and violations of the BSA.

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has announced its 2018 examination priorities. Unsurprisingly, cybersecurity remains among the key priorities. OCIE has included cybersecurity as an examination topic since at least 2014.

OCIE released its 2018 priorities to “improve compliance, prevent fraud, monitor risk, and inform policy.” OCIE conducts the SEC’s National Exam Program (NEP), whose mission is to protect investors, ensure market integrity and support responsible capital formation through risk-focused strategies that: (1) improve compliance; (2) prevent fraud; (3) monitor risk; and (4) inform policy. The results of the NEP’s examinations are used by the SEC to inform rulemaking initiatives, identify and monitor risks, improve industry practices and pursue misconduct. OCIE is responsible for conducting examinations of broker-dealers, investment advisers, transfer agents, and other SEC-regulated entities.
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