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David B. Fein

David B. Fein

Standard Chartered PLC
Group General Counsel
London, , GBR


David Fein was appointed Group General Counsel in September 2013 and is a key advisor to the Board and the Court of the Bank on all material legal matters. 

Before joining the Bank, David was United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate. He was appointed Vice Chair of the Attorney General’s  Advisory Committee’s White-Collar Crime Sub-committee in 2012 and he served as a member of the AGAC Terrorism/National Security, Civil Rights and Violent and Organised Crime Sub-committees and the Child Exploitation Working Group.

As United States Attorney, David created the Connecticut Securities, Commodities and Investor Fraud Task Force, which investigates matters related to insider trading, market manipulation, Ponzi schemes, investor fraud, financial statement fraud, FCPA and embezzlement. David conceived of and launched Project Longevity, a comprehensive initiative to reduce gun and gang violence in Connecticut's major cities. He convened public conferences on Civil Rights, Human Trafficking, Investor Fraud, Prescription Drug Abuse and Violent Crime and a public ceremony honouring Connecticut’s First Responders on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. He spoke frequently on financial fraud, including before the SEC, the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force and US Attorney Conferences.

Prior to his appointment as United States Attorney, David was a partner at the law firm of Wiggin and Dana, where he co-chaired the firm’s White-Collar Defense, Investigations and Corporate Compliance Practice Group and served on the firm’s Executive Committee. He represented public and private financial institutions, leading public accounting firms, Fortune 100 companies and not-for-profit institutions, including a major university. In 2008, Mr Fein was lead trial counsel in the successful defense of federal criminal charges in United States v John Kramer. He served as special counsel for the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division in the Microsoft antitrust litigation.

From 1999 to 2010, David was appointed Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where he co-created and co-taught a class on federal criminal investigations and prosecution. At Yale Law School, he also developed public conferences on Corporate Criminal Liability and Sentencing.

David served as an Associate White House Counsel from 1995 to 1996. His portfolio at the White House included anti-crime initiatives, communications issues, the proposed victims’ rights constitutional amendment and the Administration’s regulation to combat underage use of tobacco.

From 1989 to 1995, David was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, prosecuting complex cases involving official corruption, racketeering, money laundering, bank fraud, securities fraud, violent crimes, illegal wiretapping and narcotics offences. He served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division from 1993 to 1994 and Counsel to the United States Attorney from 1994 to 1995.

From 1986 to 1989, David was an associate at Debevoise and Plimpton. He served as a law clerk for the Honourable Frank M Coffin of the United States Courts of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1985 to 1986.

David graduated Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 1982 and the New York University (NYU) School of Law in 1985 as Order of the Coif and was a member of the Senior Board of the N.Y.U. Law Review.

In July 2014 David was appointed as the Chair of Seeing is Believing, a global initiative tackling avoidable blindness run in collaboration with the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). Since its inception in 2003, the programme has reached 53 million people in 26 different countries and has raised USD75 million.

Married with two children, David serves on the boards of Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.

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