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    Junaid A. Zubairi

    Chair, Government Enforcement and Special Investigations Group
    222 North LaSalle Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60601

    Mr. Zubairi is the Chair of Vedder Price's Government Enforcement & Special Investigations practice and regularly practices before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), U.S. Attorney's Office, and other federal and state agencies.

    His practice includes representing companies and individuals in government investigations and securities litigation, conducting internal investigations, advising clients on investment services matters, counseling clients during regulatory examinations, counseling clients on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters and providing general compliance and remediation advice.

    Mr. Zubairi has successfully represented public companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers, accounting firms and officers and directors in complex matters involving financial statement restatements, alleged financial fraud, books and records and internal control violations, whistleblower allegations, conflicts of interest, board governance and oversight, supervision and insider trading.

    Prior to joining Vedder Price, Mr. Zubairi was a senior attorney with the SEC, Division of Enforcement. At the SEC, Mr. Zubairi was the lead attorney on numerous high-profile investigations and litigations involving investment adviser and broker-dealer misconduct, financial fraud, officer and director liability, insider trading and pay-to-play practices. Mr. Zubairi spearheaded several complex investigations that resulted in substantial settlements against large public companies.

    Further, while at the SEC, Mr. Zubairi also coordinated effective parallel investigations with federal and state agencies, including the U.S. Attorney's Office, the FBI, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Illinois Commerce Commission.

    For his outstanding work, Mr. Zubairi received the Division of Enforcement Director's Award, as well as several Special Act awards.

    In 2016 Mr. Zubairi was ranked Band 3 in Chambers USA in the Illinois Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations category, and previously recognized as an “Other Noted Practitioner,” in 2015, as well as “Up and Coming” in 2013 and 2014. In addition, he was selected for inclusion from 2010 to 2012 in Illinois Rising Stars.