Ropes & Gray LLP added four new corporate partners. Bracewell & Giuliani LLP lawyers Jonathan Gill and Robb Tretter join the firm in New York as partners in the private-equity practice, focusing on distressed investing. Mark Wesseldine, previously of Fried Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP will be joining the firm as a finance partner in London. Victoria Lloyd, a capital markets and mergers and acquisitions lawyer also from Fried Frank, is joining Ropes & Gray in its Hong Kong office.
Mary Jo White, the first former prosecutor to serve as chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has pledged to run a “bold and unrelenting” enforcement program at the agency charged with regulating Wall Street.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission gets a lot of well-deserved brickbats for settling cases with crooks and cheats without making them admit to breaking the law. The deals often show the agency to be gutless and weak. Other times they look plain stupid.
Robert Khuzami, who led the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement division’s pursuit of financial industry wrongdoing related to the subprime crisis, plans to step down as early as next month, three people with knowledge of the matter said.
Robert Khuzami, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement chief, said the agency is “very focused” on bringing cases against exchanges and traders when system or programming failures harm investors.
One late afternoon in March 2007, Sanjay Wadhwa sat at his desk transfixed by the data on his computer screen. Wadhwa was then a low-level supervisor in the Wall Street office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigating a supposedly routine case of “cherry- picking.” The SEC had gotten a complaint that Rengan Rajaratnam, the founder of Sedna Capital Management LLC, a small hedge fund, was doling out a disproportionate share of his best trades to the beneficiaries of a “friends and family” account. It was Wadhwa’s job to figure out what was going on, Bloomberg Businessweek reports in its April 23 issue.