Matthew Martens Is the New Chief Litigation Counsel in SEC Division Enforcement
SEC (The Securities and Exchange Commission) announced today that Matthew T. Martens has been appointed as Chief Litigation Counsel of the Division of Enforcement. He will be responsible for overseeing the litigation program the Washington headquarters trial unit’s attorneys will be practicing and coordinating the activities of enforcement program’s attorneys across 11 regional offices.
Matthew Martens had previously worked as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of North Carolina, a position he has held since 2003. He has also worked as Deputy Criminal Chief.
Matthew Martens also worked as Corporate & Securities Fraud Coordinator for the last 6 years and has been involved in cases involving accounting fraud, insider trading, fraudulent private placements, pump-and-dump schemes, naked short selling, stock options backdating, Ponzi schemes, fraudulent private placements, boiler room operations and and embezzlement.
The Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, Robert Khuzami said in a statement that Martens is a “highly accomplished lawyer and litigator” and that SEC could use his skill to “ensure that investor interests are pursued vigorously in litigation and at trial”.
Martens will be filling the position which was earlier held by Luis Mejia. Mejia has left the SEC for the private sector.
In the Western District of North Carolina, while Martens was serving the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he had sat in trial of 14 jury trials involving charges such as securities fraud, money laundering, perjury, fraudulent firearms sales, bank robbery, murder, mortgage fraud, tax fraud, vote buying, gun possession and drug trafficking.
Martens had received his JD with highest honors (valedictorian) from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from Cedarville College in accounting with the highest honors.