Kurt Gresenz is the Senior Assistant Director in the Office of International Affairs (OIA) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where he oversees the SEC’s international enforcement assistance and cooperation program, and the related international enforcement policy portfolio. In this role, he and his staff assist the SEC’s Enforcement Division in connection with investigations and enforcement actions that cross outside the borders of the U.S., and also liaise with foreign securities, regulatory, and law enforcement authorities in connection with their securities enforcement matters involving the U.S.
Kurt is active in a variety of policy and practice areas related to international securities enforcement and related cross border cooperation. He is the Co-Chair of the SEC’s Cross Border Working Group, a proactive intra-agency effort focused on (i) developing new initiatives to combat cross border securities fraud and (ii) enhancing best practices for investigating and prosecuting these cases. Kurt represents the SEC on two committees – the Screening Group and Committee 4 – of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), which is headquartered in Spain. He is also one of the SEC members of the IOSCO Board’s Data Privacy Sub-Group that negotiated and drafted the first Administrative Arrangement under the European General Data Protection Regulation.
Kurt received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1986, and his law degree from the University of Texas in 1989. He joined the SEC’s Enforcement Division in in 2000, and joined OIA in 2008. While at the SEC, Kurt has received several awards for his investigations and enforcement activities, including the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in 2008, 2004 and 2002; and Division of Enforcement Director’s Awards in 2009, 2007, and 2001. He also received an award from the Director of the FBI for his work on the Enron investigation. In 2011, Kurt received the SEC’s Business Operations Award, for his participation in the Working Group responsible for redesigning and implementing the SEC’s new Tips, Complaints, and Referrals program in response to the Madoff matter. And in 2015, Kurt received the SEC’s International Award for his work with China-related enforcement actions.
Kurt is a frequent speaker on various international securities enforcement topics, both in the U.S. and abroad. Through programs led by the SEC, IOSCO, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, he provides technical assistance to foreign jurisdictions concerning, among other topics, (i) the process and substance of complex securities investigations and prosecutions, (ii) international best practices for enforcement cooperation and information sharing in securities enforcement matters, and (iii) expertise and advice concerning related legislative amendments and reform. In connection with these initiatives, he has participated in programs and projects in Canada, China, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, the Bahamas, Liechtenstein, Cape Verde, South Africa, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Pakistan, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Spain, Malta, the Isle of Jersey, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam.