Z. Scott Birdwell is a Branch Chief and Special Counsel for Enforcement, in the Office of International Affairs, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Birdwell assists in the management of the SEC's technical assistance programs for foreign securities and law enforcement authorities, and works on international enforcement investigations and proceedings involving violations of both U.S. and foreign securities laws. In this capacity he has participated in SEC technical assistance missions in over 20 countries, and worked on over 100 international investigations and prosecutions involving insider trading, financial reporting fraud, boiler-rooms, pyramid schemes, and market manipulation. Prior to joining the SEC in 1999, Mr. Birdwell served as a counsel in the Trial Section at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, where he worked for ten years during the U.S. banking crisis of the early 1990's. He obtained his law degree from The University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia, in 1989.