Return to the article: Michael King: SEC Lawyer “Calling the Shots” in Wal-Mart and Chesapeake Investigations Source:www.sec.gov © 2012 The Texas Lawbook. Content of The Texas Lawbook is controlled and protected
Very few corporate executives or general counsels have ever heard of Michael King. That is about to change. King is the SEC’s lead lawyer in two of the biggest corporate financial investigations the federal government is conducting: Wal-Mart and Chesapeake Energy. The two cases are likely to thrust King into the global spotlight, as fines could easily reach hundreds of millions of dollars. The investigations also could provide public redemption for the SEC’s much maligned Fort Worth Regional Office. “The pressure on Michael and the Fort Worth office right now is enormous,” says Kit Addleman, a partner at Haynes and Boone.
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