Walter Jospin


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225 Peachtree Street, N.E.
1700 South Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30303


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Walter Jospin’s practice focuses on SEC and other securities regulatory enforcement matters, corporate governance, internal investigations, and SEC Whistleblower Claims.

Mr. Jospin is the former Director of the Atlanta Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served from February 2015 until January 2018. As Regional Director, he led over 110 lawyers, accountants, and compliance examiners in the office’s Enforcement and Examination programs, which cover Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina. During his three-year tenure, Mr. Jospin supervised many enforcement actions relating to financial and accounting fraud, disclosure failures, audit failures, offering frauds, Ponzi schemes, violations of the Investment Advisors Act, municipal securities, and insider trading.

Prior to joining the SEC in February of 2015, he was a long-time partner in the international law firm of Paul Hastings LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s Policy Committee and Compensation Committee, and Chair of the Atlanta Office Corporate Department. At Paul Hastings, he specialized in corporate governance, internal investigations, securities regulatory enforcement, and corporate transactions.

In the early 1980s, Mr. Jospin was a staff attorney with the Division of Enforcement of the SEC in Atlanta, where he investigated and litigated financial and accounting fraud cases, including the first accounting case under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Mr. Jospin has been recognized as a leading corporate and securities lawyer by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal Georgia, Who’s Who of International Mergers & Acquisition Lawyers, Georgia Super Lawyers, and Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers. He served as Chair of the Business Law Section, and Chair of the Securities Committee, of the State Bar of Georgia. Mr. Jospin is an adjunct professor at Emory Law School, where he teaches Securities Enforcement.

Mr. Jospin has devoted a great deal of time over the years to non-profit organizations. He is presently the Vice-Chair of Georgia Innocence Project, and a Life Trustee of the Anti-Defamation League ( SE Region). His previous leadership roles include serving as the board chair of the following non-profits: Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Georgia Legal Services Foundation, Anti- Defamation League ( SE Region), and Zaban-Paradies Couples Center. He has been a board member of the High Museum of Art and Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, and he served as general counsel and co-chair of Major Gifts for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, he graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Emory Law School. At Penn, he was a member of the Freshman Heavyweight Crew.