Senior SEC Trial Attorney Joseph Boryshansky Rejoins Akin Gump

(New York) – Joseph Boryshansky has rejoined Akin Gump as a partner in its white collar defense and government investigations practice in New York, the firm announced today. Mr. Boryshansky returns to the firm after six years at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where he worked as a senior trial counsel in the agency’s Enforcement Division. While there, he led the SEC’s enforcement efforts as lead trial counsel in a number of prominent enforcement actions designated by the agency as national priority cases. Prior to his tenure at the SEC, Mr. Boryshansky was a counsel in Akin Gump’s litigation practice.

Mr. Boryshansky’s practice will focus on SEC enforcement and regulatory matters, compliance and governance matters, internal investigations, white collar defense and complex commercial litigation.

While at the SEC, Mr. Boryshansky served as lead trial counsel in the prosecution of some of the agency’s most important cases. Among the landmark matters he handled were an enforcement action against a major global investment bank for reporting and internal control violations that resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties, an action against a major multinational bank for proxy fraud in a highly publicized M&A matter and an action against a sizeable asset management firm concerning breach of fiduciary duty and various compliance violations, among numerous others.

“We’ve been very successful adding top-tier talent to our stellar white collar practice recently through the additions of Steve Reich, Chuck Connolly and Aaron Murphy, and Joe is a continuation of that trend,” said Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “His track record while at the SEC was tremendous, and our clients will benefit enormously from the perspective and knowledge that he brings.”

“Joe is an accomplished white collar lawyer with deep SEC experience, and we are excited to have him back,” said Jim Benjamin, the head of Akin Gump’s securities enforcement and litigation practice group. “His knowledge, experience and leadership in some of the SEC’s most high-profile recent matters enrich our formidable white collar capabilities and reflect our commitment to this important practice area.”

Mr. Boryshansky added, “Akin Gump has developed a stellar reputation in the white collar space, and it’s great to be able to return to the firm I know so well. I’m thrilled with the opportunity to bring the experience gained from years spent prosecuting SEC actions and advising on securities matters to bear on behalf of the firm’s clients.”

About Joseph Boryshansky

Through more than a decade of practice, both in public service and in the private sector, Joseph Boryshansky has developed extensive experience in the federal securities laws. This experience extends across a wide array of matters, including issuer reporting and internal controls violations, valuation and disclosure fraud, market manipulation, investment advisory and broker-dealer compliance and regulation, and accounting irregularities.

Mr. Boryshansky spent six years with the SEC serving as lead trial counsel in a multitude of enforcement actions in federal district court. In addition, while at the SEC, Mr. Boryshansky also handled multiple investigative matters involving suspected violations of the broker-dealer registration, supervision and compliance provisions; SEC Rule of Practice 102(e); unregistered securities offerings; Ponzi schemes; and a variety of other fraud and regulatory matters. In these and other cases, Mr. Boryshansky worked closely with attorneys at the Justice Department, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the UK Financial Conduct Authority and the New York Attorney General’s Office.

During his tenure in government, Mr. Boryshansky received several SEC Enforcement Director’s Awards for distinction in investigating and prosecuting enforcement matters. Prior to joining the SEC’s trial unit, Mr. Boryshansky served as investigative attorney on several large SEC matters that resulted in enforcement actions.

In addition to previously serving as a counsel in Akin Gump’s litigation practice, Mr. Boryshansky also spent time as a litigation associate at another major global firm.

Mr. Boryshansky received his J.D. from Yale Law School, his B.C.L. from Oxford University and his L.L.B. from Essex University.

About Akin Gump’s White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Practice

Akin Gump is experienced and adept at helping clients navigate all manner of white collar investigations, having been at the forefront of white collar defense for more than 30 years. The team includes a distinguished roster of former prosecutors who served at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and at leading United States Attorneys’ Offices, including the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Central District of California, Eastern District of Virginia and Eastern District of Texas, as well as attorneys who served in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division and the World Bank Sanctions Enforcement Program.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 850 attorneys in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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