Eva Ciko Carman is a managing partner of the New York office and co-head of the global Securities Enforcement practice. She is Chambers-ranked for “Nationwide, Securities: Regulation: Enforcement,” where she is recognized by clients as “extraordinarily knowledgeable,” “exceptionally smart” and “superb at what she does.”
She has 27 years of experience representing investment advisers and boards in connection with Securities and Exchange Commission examinations, investigations and litigated actions. Her focus is on investment company, private equity, hedge fund and credit fund defense. Her practice is nationwide.
She has had recent cases in seven of the SEC’s regional offices and the Washington office. Her high-profile successes include the dismissal of claims against one of the central figures in the credit crisis cases – the former head of Countrywide Home Loans.
Her recent non-public successes include two rare mid-investigation dismissals of fee and expense investigations, and complete defense of a portfolio manager of a prominent hedge fund in an insider trading case.
As a result of her years in the industry and track record of success, she is well-regarded by the most selective firms, who not only seek her counsel in investigations and litigated matters, but also for regulatory guidance on matters relating to insider trading, custody, anti-corruption, design and implementation of compliance programs intended to address complex and novel trading and business issues.
She has also been tapped to conduct internal investigations, the most recent of which was of a commodities broker that was under investigation for complex issues associated with accounting disclosures.
Throughout these matters, Eva has demonstrated the skills that make her a sought-after counselor and advocate: knowledge of the regulators, sensitivity to the nuances of working in a politically charged atmosphere, and a deep understanding of her clients’ industry and businesses.
- JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1991; Editor, International Environmental Law Review
- BA, summa cum laude, Boston College, 1988; Captain of BC’s Nationally Ranked Division One Varsity Soccer Team
ADMISSIONS : New York
Because of the nature of her enforcement practice, many of Ms. Carman’s most successful matters are not public. A sampling of some of her public successes are as follows:
- Successfully defended a host of accounting professionals and audit firms in connection with SEC and CFTC investigations into issues associated with the audit of CFTC registrants.
- Won a trial victory in a Delaware Chancery Court resulting in a precedent-setting opinion relating to a dissident director’s efforts to take control of a company. (Gunther v. 5i Sciences)
- Defended hedge funds, portfolio managers and other investors in connection with a host of insider trading investigations and cases.
- Conducted FCPA diligence and investigations for companies with operations in Brazil, China, India, Russia and Europe.
- Defended the CEO of an insurance company in a criminal action alleging falsification of the accounting documents and performance figures used to launch an initial public offering of the insurance company.
- Represented the president of an investment adviser in connection with criminal claims that the investment adviser was running a Ponzi scheme with investor funds.
- Successfully defended a number of market-timing investigations by the SEC, the CFTC and the New York Attorney General.
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