Charles J. Clark is a partner in the Litigation Group at Schulte Roth & Zabel and co-head of the Firm’s Securities Enforcement Group. A nationally acclaimed securities lawyer, Charles represents his clients in their most important matters, drawing from his unique combination of government, in-house and private practice experience. Charles represents financial institutions, public companies and accounting firms, and their senior executives, in securities-related enforcement proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and other federal and state law enforcement and regulatory authorities. In particular, he counsels hedge funds, private equity firms, venture capital funds and other asset managers through regulatory scrutiny, including in routine and risk-based inspections and examinations and in enforcement proceedings. He defends investigations involving a broad spectrum of issues, including accounting and disclosure fraud, insider trading, foreign corruption, offering fraud, market manipulation, breach of fiduciary duty and conflicts of interest. In addition, Charles represents boards of directors and associated committees in internal investigations, and he provides guidance on corporate governance and trading practices for public companies and private funds. Prior to entering private practice, Charles served for nine years in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, most recently as assistant director supervising the Commission’s investigation and prosecution of Enron Corporation.
Charles has been recognized as a leading litigator by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 US and Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation. A frequent speaker and panelist, Charles has addressed a wide variety of topics of interest to the white collar defense community, and serves as a resource for numerous media outlets, including Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. Charles holds a J.D. from the NYU School of Law and a B.A., with high distinction, from the University of Virginia.