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David M. Becker

David M. Becker

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Washington, DC, USA


David M. Becker is Senior Counsel at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, based in the Washington, D.C. office.  Mr. Becker was a partner at Cleary Gottlieb from 2002 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2013.

Mr. Becker rejoined Clearly Gottlieb in 2017 after serving as Chief Legal Officer of Och-Ziff Capital Management LLP from 2014 to 2017.  While at Och-Ziff Mr. Becker was responsible for all legal affairs of a large, NYSE-listed asset management firm with assets under management in excess of $30 billion.

Between 2009 and 2011 Mr. Becker served at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as its General Counsel and Senior Policy Director. Mr. Becker also served as the SEC’s General Counsel from 2000 to 2002. Before joining the SEC staff in 2002, Mr. Becker had a long career in private practice.

Mr. Becker is distinguished as one of the leading lawyers in financial services regulation and securities regulation by Chambers USA. He has received similar recognition from Best Lawyers in America, The Legal Times of Washington, and Washingtonian magazine.

Mr. Becker received a J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review, in 1973, and an undergraduate degree from Columbia College in 1968. Mr. Becker served as law clerk to the Honorable Harold Leventhal of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and a year later for the Honorable Stanley Reed (retired) of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Becker is a member of the Bars in the District of Columbia and New York.

David M. Becker is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Ethical Considerations Involving Multiple Representations (September 2016) - Securities Regulation Institute (48th Annual), Monday, November 07, 2016
Some Ethical Issues Involving Board Representation - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2017, Monday, March 13, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Governance Ethics Hot Topic - Counsel's Responsibility for Getting the Board Involved - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2017, Friday, March 10, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Governance Ethics Hot Topic - Counsel's Responsibility for Getting the Board Involved - Governance Ethics Hot Topic - Counsel's Responsibility for Getting the Board Involved, Friday, March 10, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Governance Ethics Hot Topic - Counsel's Responsibility for Getting the Board Involved - Governance Ethics Hot Topic - Counsel's Responsibility for Getting the Board Involved, Friday, March 10, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Governance Ethics Hot Topic - Counsel's Responsibility for Getting the Board Involved - Governance Ethics Hot Topic - Counsel's Responsibility for Getting the Board Involved, Friday, March 10, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2017, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual), Wednesday, November 29, 2017, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual), Wednesday, November 29, 2017, New York, NY
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