Mr. Clayton has considered at least two well-known defense attorneys for enforcement director, typically the SEC’s highest-profile staff position.
The lawyers include Steven Peikin, a former prosecutor who works with Mr. Clayton at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Mr. Peikin represented Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in its dealings with prosecutors and SEC lawyers over claims a former member of its board, Rajat Gupta, had leaked inside information to a hedge-fund manager.
Another candidate for the top enforcement job is Matthew Martens, a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, who was the SEC’s top trial attorney from 2010 to 2013.
The SEC’s acting director of enforcement, Stephanie Avakian, also has been considered for the permanent role. Ms. Avakian joined the SEC in 2014 and was previously a partner at Wilmer Hale.
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