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Michael Trager

Arnold & Porter LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Michael D. Trager

Practice Focus: Michael Trager is a Senior Partner in the Washington, DC, office of Arnold & Porter LLP, where he chairs the Firm's Securities Enforcement Practice and co-chairs the Firm's Securities Enforcement and Litigation Practice Group.

Mr. Trager defends investigations of all types conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, other federal agencies, Congress, FINRA, and state regulators. He also conducts and defends internal investigations and independent reviews, defends securities litigation, and counsels on compliance, crisis management, corporate governance, and securities and market matters. Mr. Trager's practice involves representing global institutions and senior executives in high profile matters. His clients consist of public companies, broker-dealers, banks, financial services firms, investment advisers, hedge funds, private equity firms, accounting firms, law firms, boards, and directors, officers, accountants, lawyers, and other individuals.

The matters that Mr. Trager handles for clients are often complex and involve, by way of example, issues relating to accounting, audits, books and records, broker-dealer regulations, compliance, derivatives, disclosure, executive and employee compensation, FCPA, financial and other reporting, fraud, governance, insider trading, internal controls, investments, manipulation, markets, mutual funds, ownership and control, proxies, revenue recognition, sales and trading practices, securities offerings, and supervision.

Mr. Trager has twenty-five years of experience devoted to investigations and securities matters.  Prior to entering private practice, he served in the SEC's Division of Enforcement in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for conducting investigations and representing the government in litigation.

Recognitions and Professional Activities and Memberships:  Mr. Trager is recognized as one of the nation's leading securities regulatory and enforcement attorneys. Over the years, Chambers USA has consistently ranked him as a top practitioner in his field, and he has been selected repeatedly for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Washington DC's Best Lawyers, and the Legal 500 US, as one of the best lawyers in Washington, DC (Washingtonian Magazine), and as a Washington, DC Super Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Super Lawyer. Mr. Trager also has been consistently awarded the highest peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell and included in the Guide to the World's Leading Corporate Governance Lawyers, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, and Who's Who in the East.

Mr. Trager is the author of numerous publications on SEC enforcement and regulatory investigations, a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, and a member of several bar associations, committees, and subcommittees. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society and has served on Task Forces established by the American Bar Association and District of Columbia Bar to review the SEC's selective disclosure and insider trading rules, the Planning Group for Broker-Dealer Programs (Broker-Dealer Regulation Committee of the District of Columbia Bar), and The Bond Market Association's Litigation Advisory Committee.
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