David S. Petron

David Petron is a partner in the Securities Enforcement and Regulatory practice, which received the 2019 Chambers USA Award for Financial Services Regulation, and was named the “Law Firm of the Year” for Securities Regulation in 2020 and 2017 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers. His securities enforcement practice has covered the entire range of SEC enforcement matters, including investigations of securities fraud, insider trading, accounting fraud, disclosure irregularities, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, investment adviser misconduct, broker-dealer matters, and credit rating agencies registered as Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations (NRSROs). He has defended a wide variety of clients in investigations before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the National Futures Association (NFA), and other regulators.

David has extensive experience with the SEC’s regulation of registered investment advisers and NRSROs. He routinely advises investment advisers and credit rating agencies on compliance matters involving conflicts of interest, expense allocations, valuation, registration issues, and other regulatory topics. He regularly defends SEC enforcement investigations of investment advisers and NRSROs. He has also advised clients on the application of the risk retention rules applicable to securitization transactions.

David has defended public companies and other clients in a variety of SEC investigations related to potential accounting fraud, financial reporting and disclosure violations, and other matters arising under the federal securities laws.

David has handled investigations involving revenue recognition, valuation, goodwill, intangible assets, securitizations, alleged pyramid schemes and insider trading.

David also advises clients on all aspects of compliance with the FCPA, including the development and implementation of FCPA and anti-corruption compliance programs and procedures. David has led comprehensive reviews of companies’ FCPA compliance programs and advised clients on FCPA issues related to mergers and acquisitions. He has defended companies in FCPA investigations and conducted FCPA internal investigations.