Paul is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Bracewell.� Paul’s career has intertwined with the SEC’s regulation of the municipal market from the very beginning, when as a young lawyer in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement he participated in preparing the SEC’s September 1977 and 1979 Staff Reports on New York City.� After practice as a securities, project finance, and bond lawyer in New York and Boston, �Paul returned to the SEC in 1994 to work for Chairman Levitt and serve as the first Director of the SEC’s Office of Municipal Securities. During that time, he participated in drafting the continuing disclosure amendments to Rule 15c2-12, oversaw SEC activity relating to Orange County California and advised the Commission on institution and settlement of over 100 enforcement actions in the municipal securities market.�Today, Paul defends states, local governments, and their officials, brokers, dealers, municipal securities dealers, municipal advisors, and their officers and employees, as well as individuals in investigations and enforcement proceedings by the SEC, Department of Justice, FINRA, and states Attorneys General.� Paul also serves as Counsel to a NRSRO, or Rating Agency, on regulatory and enforcement matters.� He advises clients on compliance with SEC and MSRB regulations, and corporate governance matters, conducts internal investigations, and serves as special disclosure counsel in securities transactions.Paul received the "Chairman's Award for Excellence" for his work in developing the amendments to Rule 15c2-12, while at the SEC, and received "The National Federation of Municipal Analysts�Industry Contribution Award" in 2001. Paul is listed in The Best Lawyers in America� in securities law, 2005 - 2010; in corporate governance and compliance law, 2006 -�2010;�and public finance law, 2005�- 2010.� Additionally, he is listed in Who's Who and What's What on Wall Street, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law,The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America 2005 edition, and Washington D.C. Super Lawyers 2007 for securities and corporate finance.Paul is frequently interviewed and quoted as an authority on securities regulation in international news media including The National, FTSE Global Markets, BBC News, The Business Times Singapore, and The Singapore American, as well as U.S. media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, the Associated Press, Reuters, and The Bond Buyer.
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