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Joseph L. Zales represents global financial institutions, public companies, investment managers, and senior executives in high-risk government and internal investigations and complex litigation.  In particular, he defends clients in regulatory enforcement actions, white-collar criminal matters, and securities and shareholder litigation.   Mr. Zales has experience counseling clients facing investigations before the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as well as other domestic and international authorities.

Mr. Zales is an Associate in King & Spalding’s Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group, which has twice been recognized by Law360 as “White-Collar Group of the Year” and has been described as “the premier firm in this practice area” by the U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” survey.

Mr. Zales earned his J.D. (magna cum laude) from Notre Dame Law School in 2016, where he served as Notes Editor of the Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law, and as Selection Chair on the Notre Dame Moot Court Board.  During law school, Mr. Zales briefed and argued a habeas petition before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and participated in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Summer Honors Program.  Mr.  Zales received his B.A. (cum laude) in Political Science from Villanova University in 2011.  Prior to attending law school, he was employed with Morgan Stanley in New York.

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J.D., Notre Dame Law School, magna cum laude

B.A. Political Science, Villanova University, cum laude

New York

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Matters

Global financial institution in class-action litigation in the Southern District of New York involving the benchmark WM/Reuters currency exchange rate.

Financier in connection with post-conviction issues pertaining to investment adviser, securities, and wire fraud convictions.

International chemical company in international anti-corruption internal and government investigations and compliance counseling in SE Asia, China, India and other geographies.

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Global financial institution in class-action litigation in the Southern District of New York involving the benchmark WM/Reuters currency exchange rate.

Financier in connection with post-conviction issues pertaining to investment adviser, securities, and wire fraud convictions.

International chemical company in international anti-corruption internal and government investigations and compliance counseling in SE Asia, China, India and other geographies.

Individual employee of an investment adviser in an SEC investigation relating to collateralized debt obligations and relationships with collateral managers.

Investment adviser in connection with an SEC pay-to-play investigation.

Forex Capital Markets LLC in CFTC investigation and litigation in the Southern District of New York alleging capitalization, reporting, and marketing violations, as well as in related federal securities class actions.

Insights

Article · Source: New York Law Journal

November 6, 2019
Privilege Considerations in Special Board Committee Representations

Article · Source: American Bar Association: Business Law Today

August 28, 2019
Dream On—FINRA Issues Its First Litigated Enforcement Action Against a Crowdfunding Portal

Article · Source: New York Law Journal

March 7, 2019
False Statements: Prosecutors Reload a Familiar Weapon

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Matters

Global financial institution in class-action litigation in the Southern District of New York involving the benchmark WM/Reuters currency exchange rate.

Financier in connection with post-conviction issues pertaining to investment adviser, securities, and wire fraud convictions.

International chemical company in international anti-corruption internal and government investigations and compliance counseling in SE Asia, China, India and other geographies.

See more
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Matters

Global financial institution in class-action litigation in the Southern District of New York involving the benchmark WM/Reuters currency exchange rate.

Financier in connection with post-conviction issues pertaining to investment adviser, securities, and wire fraud convictions.

International chemical company in international anti-corruption internal and government investigations and compliance counseling in SE Asia, China, India and other geographies.

Individual employee of an investment adviser in an SEC investigation relating to collateralized debt obligations and relationships with collateral managers.

Investment adviser in connection with an SEC pay-to-play investigation.

Forex Capital Markets LLC in CFTC investigation and litigation in the Southern District of New York alleging capitalization, reporting, and marketing violations, as well as in related federal securities class actions.

Insights

Article · Source: New York Law Journal

November 6, 2019
Privilege Considerations in Special Board Committee Representations

Article · Source: American Bar Association: Business Law Today

August 28, 2019
Dream On—FINRA Issues Its First Litigated Enforcement Action Against a Crowdfunding Portal

Article · Source: New York Law Journal

March 7, 2019
False Statements: Prosecutors Reload a Familiar Weapon

View all

Credentials

J.D., Notre Dame Law School, magna cum laude

B.A. Political Science, Villanova University, cum laude

New York

William T. Kirby Award for Excellence in Brief Writing


Notre Dame

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Recognition

William T. Kirby Award for Excellence in Brief Writing


Notre Dame