WASHINGTON, D.C. – LAWFUEL – Law Firm Newswire – McGuireWood…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – LAWFUEL – Law Firm Newswire – McGuireWoods LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher M. Cutler as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office and as a member of the law firm’s Government Investigations Department. Cutler leaves his position as the Assistant Director, Division of Enforcement and Investigations, with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in Washington, D.C. to join McGuireWoods.

As the first employee of the newly created PCAOB in 2003, Cutler assisted with the development of the Board’s enforcement program. He investigated and settled the first enforcement action involving the failure of an accounting firm to cooperate with the board’s inspection program. He was lead counsel for more than 30 registration hearings and investigated and settled enforcement cases involving violations of the laws and rules within the PCAOB’s jurisdiction.

Previous to the PCAOB, Cutler was a Senior Counsel at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement in Washington, D.C. He opened the Enron investigation and was instrumental in various settled fraud actions that resulted in more than $320 million of disgorged funds and penalties for distribution to injured Enron investors. He also assisted the SEC and the Department of Justice’s Enron Task Force in related cases, including those against Enron’s former CEO.

“Chris brings us strategic expertise to advise our accounting firm clients within the new regulatory environment,” says McGuireWoods’ Chairman Richard Cullen, “and impeccable credentials in investigations and fraud litigation to enhance the development of our securities enforcement practice.”

McGuireWoods LLP is a full-service law firm with approximately 750 lawyers in 15 offices in the United States, Europe and Central Asia providing legal counsel to clients around the world. The firm’s Washington, D.C. office is located at 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW. For more information, visit www.mcguirewoods.com.

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