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DLA Piper LLP (US)

1251 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104, USA
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Deborah Meshulam

Tel:
Work +1 202 799 4511
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Web:
www.dlapiper.com/en/us/people/m/meshulam-deborah-r/
DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Corporate and Securities Litigation; White Collar and Corporate Crime; Class Actions; Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; International Trade, Regulatory and Government Affairs; Mergers and Acquisitions; Public Company and Corporate Governance; Corporate; Real Estate; Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes; Restructuring; Investigations; Real Estate Investment Trusts; Global Investment Funds; Professional Liability; Capital Markets; Emerging Growth and Venture Capital; US Law and Policy; Energy and Natural Resources; Insurance; Financial Services; Life Sciences; Media, Sport and Entertainment; Retail; Technology; Industrials

Position

Partner

Career

Deborah Meshulam has more than two decades of securities enforcement defense experience trying the full range of cases arising from allegations of securities law violations and related breaches of fiduciary duty.

Deborah represents clients in SEC and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations, securities class actions and derivative lawsuits relating to claims of securities law violations, FCPA violations and counsels clients on compliance, regulatory and corporate governance matters, including issues relating to compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley corporate governance and auditor independence requirements. She also counsels clients on Dodd Frank whistle blower program matters. Deborah also represents clients in Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) investigations, FINRA and Exchange proceedings and in Exchange delisting hearings.

Deborah regularly conducts investigations on behalf of public companies or their audit committees, often relating to FCPA questions, accounting issues, alleged securities law violations and employee misconduct. She also regularly advises clients on securities law compliance and litigation avoidance. She has written on securities law issues for legal publications and is a frequent speaker at professional programs on securities-related issues. She also represents clients in rulemaking proceedings and in SEC inquiries from the Divisions of Corporate Finance and Trading and Markets, the Office of Chief Accountant and the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations.

Deborah's securities practice also includes counseling on a wide range of corporate governance and regulatory matters, including financial reporting and disclosure issues, design and implementation of compliance programs under the securities laws and the FCPA as well as issues faced by brokers/dealers, investment advisers and other regulated entities.

Languages

French

Education

J.D., Columbia University School of Law; B.A., University of Virginia


United States: Dispute resolution

Securities litigation - defense

Within: Securities litigation - defense

DLA Piper LLP (US) has 'great lawyers who are very strong communicators and have excellent drafting skills'. John Clarke in New York 'consistently provides excellent service and is very responsive to client needs'. Clarke co-chairs the corporate and securities litigation practice with James Mathias in Baltimore. San Diego-based Shirli Fabbri Weiss secured the dismissal of class certification in In re Finisar Corp Sec. Litig., which related to the impact of analyst reports on stock prices. On the SEC enforcement side, the firm has specialists in offices across the US, including Deborah Meshulam in Washington DC and John Hillebrecht in New York. Hillebrecht also led major cases, including three related securities and shareholder class actions in state and federal court for food company Hain Celestial Group, all arising from allegations of a fraudulent channel stuffing scheme. Caryn Schechtman obtained summary judgment on SEC claims against Yorkville Advisors, which alleged fraudulent misrepresentation of the value of hedge fund investments.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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