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Erin McCartney

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Senior Special Counsel, Technical Assistance and FCPA, Office of Internatonal Affairs
Washington, DC, USA


Erin McCartney is a Senior Special Counsel in the SEC’s Office of International Affairs.  Ms. McCartney conducts technical assistance programs for securities regulators around the world, provides legal advice and guidance to the Division of Enforcement on FCPA investigations and prosecutions, and is a member of the U.S. Delegation to the OECD Working Group on Bribery.

Prior to joining OIA, Ms. McCartney worked in the SEC’s Enforcement Division as a staff attorney where she worked on cases involving accounting fraud, broker-dealer issues, investment adviser issues, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  She was part of a team that brought a case against American International Group, Inc. (AIG) for fraud, resulting in AIG paying disgorgement, interest, and penalties in the amount of $126 million to settle both civil and criminal charges. 

In 2006, Ms. McCartney took a leave of absence from the SEC to take a position in Iraq with the Department of State, Iraq Reconstruction and Management Office, Office of Private Sector Development.  Ms. McCartney led the project to draft a permanent securities law for the Government of Iraq, working closely with the Iraq Securities Commission and the Iraq Stock Exchange, as well as American advisors.  Ms. McCartney also assisted the Iraq Securities Commission in drafting regulations to regulate and oversee the Iraqi capital market.  Upon her return to the SEC, Ms. McCartney received the Division of Enforcement Director’s Award for her service in Iraq.  

Ms. McCartney received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University in International Relations.  Ms. McCartney graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law where she was a Lead Articles Editor for the San Diego Law Review and externed for Magistrate Judge Stiven in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

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