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Carmen Lawrence

Carmen Lawrence

King & Spalding LLP1185 Avenue of the AmericasNew YorkNew YorkUSA10036-2601

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WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Carmen Lawrence is celebrated as a “creative negotiator who is respected by her adversaries”, and has notable expertise in handling government investigations relating to securities. 


Carmen Lawrence focuses on securities-related government investigations and litigation. As a partner in King & Spalding’s special matters and government investigations practice and co-head of its securities enforcement and regulation practice, Carmen represents public and private companies in a range of securities-related regulatory and enforcement matters.

Carmen represents parties in investigations and litigation conducted primarily by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the US Department of Justice, as well as self-regulatory organisations and state securities regulators. She conducts internal investigations, provides crisis management advice, and counsels companies and regulated entities (broker-dealers and investment advisers) on their obligations under the federal securities law.

Previously, Carmen was regional director for the SEC's Northeast Regional Office, the agency's largest region covering 14 US states and the District of Columbia. In this role, she oversaw all enforcement and regulatory operations in the region, bringing some of the SEC's most significant cases.

Carmen is a frequent speaker on federal securities matters. She has received consistent recognition from Chambers USA for "regularly representing clients in high-stakes securities regulatory actions and investigations". She has been ranked as a leading individual for securities regulation and for litigation-white-collar crime and government investigations, as well as for financial services litigation.

Carmen also has been recognised by The Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation as a New York litigation star. She was named to Securities Docket's inaugural Enforcement 40 list of top SEC enforcement lawyers in 2013.

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