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Linda Chatman Thomsen

Linda Chatman Thomsen

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Ms. Thomsen, who was the first woman to serve as the Director of the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department and practices in the Washington DC office. Her practice concentrates in matters related to the enforcement of the federal securities laws. She has represented clients in SEC enforcement investigations and inquiries, in enforcement matters before other agencies, including the Department of Justice (various U.S. Attorneys Offices) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, in investigations and inquiries from self-regulatory agencies, including FINRA, and in internal investigations. These matters, which are typically non-public, have covered a broad range of securities related subject matters, including insider trading, foreign corrupt practices, financial reporting, manipulation and regulatory compliance. Her clients have included major financial institutions, regulated entities, public companies and senior executives.

Ms. Thomsen returned to Davis Polk in 2009 after 14 years of public service at the SEC. While there she held a variety of positions and ultimately served as the Director of Enforcement from 2005 through February 2009. During her tenure as the Director of Enforcement, she led the Enron investigation, the auction rate securities settlements, the stock options back dating cases and the expansion of the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act.

She is a graduate of Smith College (A.B. ’76, Government (High Honors)) and Harvard Law School (J.D. ’79).
Linda Chatman Thomsen is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Enforcement Developments in Global Capital Offerings - Global Capital Markets & the U.S. Securities Laws 2017, Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Defense Perspective: The Many Shades of Gray - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Monday, November 13, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters 2016 DOJ and SEC FCPA Resolution Tracker - Global Capital Markets & the U.S. Securities Laws 2017, Thursday, April 20, 2017
White Collar Update: Rolls-Royce Reaches Global $800 Million Resolution in Bribery Scheme (January 25, 2017) - Global Capital Markets & the U.S. Securities Laws 2017, Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Defense Perspective: The Many Shades of Gray - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Enforcement Developments in Global Capital Offerings - Enforcement Developments in Global Capital Offerings, Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Defense Perspective: The Many Shades of Gray - The Defense Perspective: The Many Shades of Gray, Monday, November 13, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Enforcement Developments in Global Capital Offerings - Enforcement Developments in Global Capital Offerings, Thursday, April 20, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Enforcement Developments in Global Capital Offerings - Enforcement Developments in Global Capital Offerings, Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Defense Perspective: The Many Shades of Gray - The Defense Perspective: The Many Shades of Gray, Monday, November 13, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Global Capital Markets & the U.S. Securities Laws 2017, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, New York, NY
Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Thursday, May 18, 2017, New York, NY
49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Sunday, December 03, 2017, New York, NY
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018, Cleveland, OH
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