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Walter G. Ricciardi

Walter G. Ricciardi

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

New York, NY, USA


Walter Ricciardi joined Paul Weiss as a partner in June 2008 and has extensive experience defending a broad variety of investigations conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and other regulatory authorities. Additionally, he has extensive experience conducting internal investigations for public companies and directors, including investigations related to accounting issues.

Prior to joining Paul, Weiss in June 2008, Walter was the Deputy Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, where he supervised many of the Commission’s most significant investigations related to financial fraud, insider trading, and investment adviser, broker-dealer and mutual fund compliance issues.

In April 2004, Walter was appointed to run the SEC’s Boston office, which was responsible for enforcement and examination programs for the New England region.  He was appointed as Deputy Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in October 2005, and his duties included managing the enforcement efforts of the Commission’s eleven regional offices.

Prior to joining the SEC, Walter spent 20 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”) and its predecessor, Coopers & Lybrand, where he was in charge of defending the firm’s litigation and regulatory matters. While at PwC, he was elected by his partners to serve on the firm’s board, which is responsible for overseeing the management of the firm. He was also elected to serve on the Global Oversight Board of the PwC global organization.

Since joining Paul, Weiss, he served a three-year term from 2012 to 2014, on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Standing Advisory Group (“SAG”). The role of the SAG is to assist the Board in reviewing existing auditing and related professional practice standards and evaluating proposed standards, and to recommend to the Board new or amended standards.

As an Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law, Walter teaches a seminar on issues in SEC enforcement.

Walter is recognized as a leading individual for (Nationwide) Securities: Regulation: Enforcement in Chambers USA (2013-2017), for Financial Services: Litigation by The Legal 500 US (2017), recognized by his peers in U.S. News & World Report/”Best Lawyers” (2011-2017) for Corporate Governance Law, Litigation - Securities and Securities Regulation and was selected to Securities Docket's 2013 “Enforcement 40” list, a list of the best and brightest securities enforcement defense lawyers. He served as a note and comment editor of the New York University Law Review.

Walter G. Ricciardi is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters The SEC is Open for Business: Takeaways from the AICPA’s 2017 Conference on Current PCAOB and SEC Developments (December 8, 2017) - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018
FOR: Neither Admit nor Deny (September 2017) - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018
DOJ Issues New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy (November 30, 2017) - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018
PCAOB Adopts New Audit Standard Requiring Disclosure of Critical Audit Matters (June 9, 2017) - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018
Recent Public Remarks by Co-Directors of SEC Enforcement Division Signal Potential Changing Enforcement Priorities (October 31, 2017) - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Inquiring Audit Committees Want to Know (and Need to Know)               - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Tuesday, April 17, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Inquiring Audit Committees Want to Know (and Need to Know)               - Inquiring Audit Committees Want to Know (and Need to Know)               , Tuesday, April 17, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Inquiring Audit Committees Want to Know (and Need to Know)               - Inquiring Audit Committees Want to Know (and Need to Know)               , Tuesday, April 17, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Monday, April 23, 2018, New York, NY
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