BARRY RASHKOVER is one of two leaders of Sidley’s global Securities Enforcement and Regulatory practice, which received the Chambers USA “Firm of the Year” awards in 2019 and 2016 for Financial Services and Securities Regulation, and which was named the “Law Firm of the Year” for Securities Regulation in 2020 and 2017 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers. He also co-heads the Firm’s New York Regulatory and Enforcement Group. A former SEC senior official and veteran regulatory defense lawyer, he represents companies and individuals in enforcement matters brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, FINRA, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and state attorneys general, among others. Described as an “A-team player” in Chambers USA, Barry counsels investment banks and other broker-dealers, investment advisers, public companies, accounting firms and senior officials. Before joining Sidley, Barry served as co-head of Enforcement and Associate Regional Director for the SEC’s Northeast Regional Office, among other positions. Also a former SEC Senior Trial Counsel, Barry creates novel and effective strategies to coordinate the defense of regulatory investigations with parallel civil litigation and criminal cases.
At Sidley, Barry focuses on high-profile, high stakes matters involving complex and emerging issues. For example:
- Investment Adviser Fiduciary Duty and Compliance. Barry has represented investment advisers and principals in approximately 60 SEC investigations or examinations concerning regulatory priority issues such as allocation of investments, fund expenses, adviser compensation, valuation of fund holdings, cross trades, disclosure of investment risk and fund objectives, MNPI policies and procedures, big data and adequacy of compliance procedures.
- Public Company. Barry has represented public companies and senior officials in SEC investigations concerning financial reporting, FCPA, disclosure, executive compensation and Regulation FD.
- FinTech. He has advised clients on SEC registration relating to digital assets, and has represented prominent FinTech firms in regulatory investigations.
- Cybersecurity. He represented a national retailer in an SEC investigation into IT internal controls and disclosures and counseled financial institutions concerning cyber issues.
- LIBOR. Barry handled CFTC, DOJ and state investigations into setting U.S. Dollar LIBOR for a BBA panel bank.
- RMBS. Barry has defended an international bank in DOJ, SEC, State Attorney General and other multi-year investigations into the creation and underwriting of Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities up to the Financial Crisis.
- Regulation SHO. Barry has defended broker-dealers in approximately a dozen SEC and FINRA investigations regarding the SEC’s short sale rules, including matters that highlighted conflicting interpretations of Regulation SHO’s meaning and policy.
- High-Frequency Trading. Barry defended a senior broker-dealer official in SEC and other matters involving HFT and dark pools.
- Insider Trading. He frequently defends individuals, fund advisers and broker-dealers in SEC investigations and litigation over alleged insider trading or MNPI policies and procedures.
- SEC Regulation M. Barry has defended investment advisers and broker-dealers in numerous investigations about perceived stock manipulation and issues under Rule 105.
At the SEC, Barry led some of the agency’s most important enforcement matters, including enforcement actions against NYSE specialist firms for unlawful proprietary trading (resulting in a US$240 million global settlement); financial reporting cases involving Adelphia Communications Corp. and Computer Associates International, Inc.; the SEC’s first-ever enforcement action against the NYSE; cases arising out of improper proprietary trading by NYSE floor brokers; insider trading cases, such as SEC v. Samuel Waksal and SEC v. Martha Stewart and Peter Bacanovic; and federal court cases halting ongoing fraud, including SEC v. The Bennett Funding Group, Inc., which involved one of the largest securities “Ponzi” schemes in U.S. history. Barry co-chaired the SEC’s trial team to victory in the jury trial of the “Southampton Seven” insider trading case.
Strong advocacy on behalf of Barry’s clients has earned him acknowledgment in numerous industry publications, including Chambers USA, U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms,” WWL Global Investigations Review, Benchmark Litigation and The Legal 500. In addition to co-leading the securities enforcement and regulatory team that won the Chambers USA 2019 and 2016 Awards for Financial Services and Securities Regulation, Barry has been recognized in Chambers USA individually. According to Chambers, “sources say that he is a ‘very strong and very insightful lawyer’ and a ‘formidable’ advocate’”; “interviewees describe [him] as ‘very learned and smart, and a joy to work with’”; he “receives praise from clients for his expert approach to major investigations by regulators and his ability to ‘handle really high-risk cases in a thoughtful way.’” In 1999, Barry also received the SEC’s “Stanley Sporkin Award” for outstanding contributions to the agency’s enforcement program. Barry speaks and writes often on SEC enforcement and related issues. He has participated in programs concerning SEC enforcement and litigation sponsored by SIFMA, the New York City Bar Association, American Conference Institute, Directors Roundtable, Glasser LegalWorks, PLI, Legal IQ, SEC and the Department of Justice, among others. One of his more recent speaking engagements in February 2018, “Commencing and Conducting the Internal Investigation: What Must Be Considered,” was part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series at his alma mater, Cornell Law School.