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Who's Who Legal

Global Leader

Investigations 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

"She has long-standing government and SCC experience"
"She’s very intelligent and approaches issues from a commercial and legal standpoint"
"Deborah is very detail oriented, which helps with a big picture, strategic view"


Deborah Meshulam is a partner at DLA Piper and a leader in its securities enforcement practice. An experienced trial lawyer, she represents clients in the full range of cases arising from allegations of securities law violations and related fiduciary duty breaches. She conducts cross-border internal and independent investigations for multinational corporations or their audit committees, often related to FCPA issues, accounting questions, alleged securities law violations, possible ethics breaches and employee misconduct.  She regularly advises clients on compliance matters and litigation avoidance. She has written on securities law and compliance issues, and is a frequent speaker at professional programmes on these topics. Ms Meshulam has been recognised in The Legal 500, for her work in securities litigation (defence). She is also a past recipient of the Burton Award for Legal Achievement, run in alliance with the Law Library of Congress, in recognition of her effective legal writing.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Ms Meshulam served for seven years as Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, a senior-level position. As lead trial counsel, she prosecuted securities enforcement cases, including jury trials, involving complex financial fraud, accounting, corruption, market manipulation, insider trading, sales practice fraud, Ponzi schemes, and public offering fraud and disclosure issues.

At DLA Piper, Ms Meshulam has successfully defended individual and corporate clients in SEC and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations, and often obtained government declinations. Her cross-border investigations involve a variety of industries and sectors including financial services, defence, energy, consumer, real estate and healthcare. She has conducted and led investigations involving market manipulation claims, FCPA and accouting fraud allegations in China, India, Kazakhstan and Kuwait, as well as throughout Europe. Ms Meshulam has obtained SEC no-action and DOJ declination decisions in several such matters. She recently persuaded the SEC to close an accounting fraud investigation against a global corporation with no action. In another recent matter, she successfully persuaded government regulators that a cryptocurrency company had not violatied any securities laws. She also recently led an internal investigation related to compliance and other issues that concluded with no government action. She successfully resolved an SEC investigation involving complex financial products and a number of affiliated financial services companies. 

Ms Meshulam also counsels clients on whistleblower matters. She also represents clients in investigations conducted by Congress, state securities authorities, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), FINRA and exchanges.

Ms Meshulam’s regulatory counselling practice includes advising clients on a wide range of corporate governance and regulatory matters, including financial reporting and disclosure issues; design and implementation of compliance programmes under the securities laws and the FCPA; as well as issues faced by brokers/dealers, investment advisers and other regulated entities. She also represents clients in rulemaking proceedings and inquiries from the SEC's divisions of corporate finance, trading and markets, and investment management; the Office of the Chief Accountant; and the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations.

Ms Meshulam received her JD from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; and her BA from University of Virginia, magna cum laude. She is an audit committee member of the non-profit organisation Global Fund to End Modern Slavery.

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