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Michael J. Sharp


New York, NY, USA

Michael Sharp is a partner in the Securities Department, where he focuses on securities litigation and enforcement matters and lends his expertise to the firm’s broker-dealer and financial-services practices. He joined the firm in  March 2009.

Mr. Sharp has been involved in almost every aspect of the financial-services industry throughout his career.  After getting his MBA, Mr. Sharp traded US Treasury Bonds and related instruments for seven years before getting his JD in 1991. Following a clerkship on the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Mr. Sharp was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore for five years before moving in house at Citigroup in 1997, where he was employed until March 2009 when he joined WilmerHale.

Most recently, Mr. Sharp served as General Counsel for Citi Global Wealth Management, Consumer Banking, and Global Cards. In that role, he was responsible for all legal matters for a majority of Citi’s global businesses, including among others Citi Smith Barney; the Citi Private Bank; Citi Investment Research; Citi Retail Banking; CitiMortgages; CitiFinancial; Primerica Financial Services; and Citi-branded and non-branded credit cards. Previously, he was responsible for legal and compliance matters for Citi’s institutional securities and banking businesses. And earlier, he represented and defended Citi’s businesses and employees in connection with regulatory reviews, investigations, and enforcement actions.

As both inside and outside counsel to the financial-services industry, Mr. Sharp’s experience has touched upon all areas of securities and banking law within a broad context, including general advisory matters, regulatory and legislative issues, product development, mergers and acquisitions, internal investigations, enforcement actions, litigation, arbitration, and employment matters. In addition, Mr. Sharp has complex-litigation experience involving antitrust, real-estate, product-liability, and tax matters.

In his role as counsel to the financial-services industry, Mr. Sharp has dealt with major securities and banking regulators and governmental entities, including among others the SEC, FINRA, the OCC, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Department of Labor, the IRS, state regulators (including the New York State Attorney General and other state securities and banking authorities and state attorneys general), the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Congressional banking and finance subcommittees, the CBOT, the CFTC, the UK Financial Services Authority, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Bank Indonesia, and the Australia Securities and Investment Commission.


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