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Carlin, Wayne M.
Partner, Litigation
tel 212.403.1324
fax 212.403.2324

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Wayne M. Carlin is a partner in Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz's Litigation Department. His areas of expertise include the representation of investment banking and financial services firms, as well as Fortune 500 companies, in connection with the defense of regulatory, white-collar criminal and complex civil litigation matters. He also advises clients on the design of compliance policies and systems, and in the conduct of internal investigations.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Carlin was regional director of the Northeast regional office of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission from 2000 to 2004. He previously served in a variety of positions on the Securities and Exchange Commission's enforcement staff from 1993 to 1997 and from 1999 to 2000.  Mr. Carlin was head of regulatory affairs at Lazard Frères & Co. from 1997 to 1999.

Mr. Carlin received an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1981. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984 and served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  Mr. Carlin is a frequent speaker on subjects relating to enforcement of the federal securities laws.  In 2005 and 2006, Mr. Carlin was a member of the Task Force on the Role of Lawyers in Corporate Governance of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and previously served on the Securities Regulation Committee and the Financial Reporting Committee.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of SEC Alumni and is a member of the Board of Advisors of the SEC Historical Society.

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