Mr Craig Warkol > Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Work Department

Broker-Dealer Regulatory & Enforcement, Blockchain Technology & Digital Assets, Hedge Funds, Investment Management, Regulatory & Compliance, Securities Enforcement, White Collar Defense & Government Investigations


Craig S. Warkol is co-chair of the Broker-Dealer Regulatory & Enforcement Group. His practice focuses on enforcement and regulatory matters for broker-dealers, private funds, financial institutions and individuals. Drawing on his experience both as a former enforcement attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Craig advises clients on securities trading matters and, when necessary, represents them in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions by the SEC, DOJ, FINRA, CFTC and other self-regulatory organizations and state regulators. Craig leads training sessions on complying with insider trading and market manipulation laws and assists hedge funds and private equity funds in connection with SEC examinations. He also has experience representing entities and individuals under investigation for, or charged with, securities fraud, mail/wire fraud, accounting fraud, money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations and tax offenses. In his previous roles in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the SEC, Craig prosecuted numerous complex and high-profile securities fraud, accounting fraud and insider trading cases.

Craig is recognized as a leading litigation lawyer in Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and AttorneysThe Legal 500 US and New York Super Lawyers. He is a former law clerk to the Hon. Lawrence M. McKenna of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Craig has written and spoken about enforcement trends in the private fund space and other industry-related topics. He was interviewed for the article “Execution Enforcement Actions Escalate,” published in The Hedge Fund Journal. Craig earned his J.D., cum laude, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD, cum laude (Notes Editor, Cardozo Law Review); University of Michigan, BA

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Financial services regulation

Based in New York, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is rated for its expertise in broker-dealer enforcement and regulatory work, its involvement in M&A and private equity investments in the financial services sector, and its experience advising growth companies and major tech companies on fintech products and investments. Donald Mosher focuses on the regulation, acquisition and sale of payment companies and the licensing and registration of money services businesses, including B2B providers and cryptocurrency exchanges. ‘Consistently superb‘ partner Joseph Vitale routinely advises private equity funds and hedge funds on investments in the banking sector, and former SEC enforcement attorney Craig Warkol advises on securities trading and represents clients in enforcement and investigation proceedings brought by the SEC, DOJ, FINRA and other regulators. Julian Rainero is the firm’s go-to broker dealer expert, serving as regular counsel to clients in connection with compliance matters before the SEC and the Fed. Vitale is currently one of several partners advising major banks, including Credit Suisse and UBS Group, on compliance with the Bank Holding Company Act and the Volcker Rule.