Deborah Meshulam is a partner at DLA Piper and one of the leaders of its securities enforcement practice. She has more than two decades of experience defending and trying the full range of cases arising from allegations of securities law violations, including FCPA and accounting fraud claims, and related breaches of fiduciary duty. She conducts cross-border internal and independent investigations for multinational corporations, and 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 represents and has successfully defended individual and corporate clients in SEC and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations relating to claims of securities law and FCPA violations. She counsels clients on compliance, regulatory and corporate governance matters, including issues relating to auditor independence requirements. She also counsels clients on Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank whistleblower matters. Ms Meshulam regularly conducts investigations on behalf of multinational companies or their audit committees, often relating to FCPA questions, accounting issues, alleged securities law violations and employee misconduct. She also represents clients in investigations conducted by Congress, state securities authorities, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), FINRA and exchanges.
In her investigations practice, Ms Meshulam leads and conducts investigations, including cross-border investigations, involving 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 allegations and accounting fraud claims in China, India, Kazakhstan and Kuwait, as well as in Europe. Ms Meshulam has obtained SEC no-action and DOJ declination decisions in several such matters. In one of her recent cases, she persuaded the SEC to close an accounting fraud investigation against a global corporation with no action. In another recent matter she successfully resolved an SEC investigation involving complex financial products and a number of affiliated financial services companies.
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.