Charu A. Chandrasekhar is a litigation counsel based in the New York office and a member of the firm’s White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group. Her practice focuses on securities enforcement and government investigations, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation.
Prior to joining Debevoise, Ms. Chandrasekhar was with the Securities and Exchange Commission for eight years and served as the Assistant Regional Director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and the founding Chief of the Division’s Retail Strategy Task Force. She received the Chairman’s Award for her accomplishments on the Retail Strategy Task Force, as well as several Director’s Awards for her successful enforcement matters.
Prior to her selection to lead the Task Force, Ms. Chandrasekhar was a Senior Advisor and Senior Counsel in the Division of Enforcement’s Market Abuse Unit, where she worked on numerous insider trading cases involving corporate insiders, broker dealers, and hedge funds; multiple matters involving violations of the federal securities laws by exchanges, alternative trading systems, and other trading venues; including the Commission’s largest settlement against a dark pool; one of the Commission’s largest stock exchange settlements; and several cyber investigations.
She also clerked for the Hon. Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Ms. Chandrasekhar received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Yale University.