SEC’s Christopher Conte Joining Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C.

Christopher Conte will join law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP as a partner in its  Washington, D.C. office. The firm announced today that Conte will join its Securities Enforcement and Litigation practice, and also work with the firm’s  FCPA and White-Collar Criminal Defense practice.

Conte is currently an Associate Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, where he has served for over 17 years.  While at the SEC, he led investigations and enforcement actions in areas including accounting fraud and disclosure violations, including options backdating misconduct, illicit payments under the FCPA, unlawful IPO allocation and manipulative short-selling practices, and insider trading by corporate insiders and market, legal, and accounting professionals.  Conte will begin practicing at Steptoe in September.