Linklaters Expands U.S. and Global Regulatory Enforcement Capabilities Through Hire of Market Leading Enforcement Lawyer

Linklaters is pleased to announce the addition of Doug Davison to its global Dispute Resolution practice, where he will be a member of the firm’s Global Investigations and White Collar Crime team. Mr. Davison, formerly of WilmerHale, will be based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Mr. Davison brings more than 20 years of experience as a market-leading lawyer advising companies and individuals on a broad range of internal investigations and enforcement proceedings involving the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice (DOJ), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and other federal, state and foreign agencies.

Prior to re-entering private practice in 2001, he served as Counsel to SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt and as branch chief of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, where he supervised and conducted investigations to evaluate and enforce compliance with the federal securities laws and participated in the prosecution of civil and administrative actions.

He joins a distinguished U.S. regulatory investigations team which boasts extensive government experience, including Matt Axelrod, who served as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General at DOJ, Adam Lurie, a former DOJ senior official and white-collar prosecutor, and Doug Tween, a former DOJ Antitrust Division trial attorney.


Mr. Axelrod joined the firm as a partner in March, after serving as one of DOJ’s highest ranking officials and a member of the senior leadership team, where he advised both the Deputy Attorney General and the Attorney General on all major Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Bank Secrecy Act, money laundering, health care fraud and other white-collar cases and policy directives. The addition of Mr. Axelrod and Mr. Davison to the existing team demonstrates the firm’s expanding roster of top-level investigations and regulatory talent.


Michael Bennett, head of Linklaters’ global Dispute Resolution practice, said: “Linklaters is ideally positioned to handle complex cross-border investigations by U.S. and international regulators because of our integrated network of offices and practices around the world. Doug’s hire emphasizes our commitment and global ambition to further strengthen our SEC and regulatory enforcement capabilities. His experience will allow us to continue to deliver high-quality complex advice to our clients.”

Adam Lurie, head of Linklaters’ Washington, D.C. office, commented: “Doug is a recognized leader in the securities enforcement field and we are delighted to welcome him to the firm. I have known Doug for many years, have seen him defend leading clients, and know first-hand that he will bring tremendous value to our clients both in the U.S. and across the globe by helping them navigate the increasingly complex and evolving regulatory environment.”