Enforcement 40 for 2013: William Baker III

Bill Baker has had a sterling career in both the private and public sectors. Now a partner with Latham & Watkins, Baker regularly takes on high-profile SEC and internal investigations and counsels clients on SEC reporting, disclosure, compliance and corporate governance requirements. Previously, in his 15 years as a senior official with the SEC, Baker led several landmark enforcement actions, including the Commission’s action against WorldCom. At the SEC, Baker was admired for, among other things, his “clear sense of the importance of the mission of the SEC and, more specifically, of the Enforcement Division,” and for his “willingness to speak up about his position on controversial issues even though it might not be the position of the majority.”