Finch McCranie LLP
Partner, Finch McCranie LLP
Walter Jospin’s practice focuses on advising companies, boards of directors, board committees, and individuals on governance and SEC and other securities regulatory enforcement matters. Mr. Jospin also represents SEC whistleblowers.
Mr. Jospin is the former Director of the Atlanta Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served from 2015 to 2018. As Regional Director, he led over 110 lawyers, accountants, and compliance examiners in the office’s Enforcement and Examination programs, which cover Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina. During his three-year tenure, Mr. Jospin supervised many investigations and enforcement actions relating to financial and accounting fraud, disclosure failures, audit failures, data breaches, offering frauds, Ponzi schemes, violations of the Investment Advisers Act, municipal securities, and insider trading.
Early in his career, Mr. Jospin was a staff attorney with the Division of Enforcement of the SEC, where he investigated and litigated financial fraud, accounting fraud, disclosure, and insider trading cases. Mr. Jospin successfully litigated the first accounting case under the FCPA.
During both of his stints at the SEC, Mr. Jospin worked closely with various U.S. Attorneys’ offices, state securities commissions, and FINRA.
Prior Professional Experience
Prior to joining the SEC in 2015, Mr. Jospin was a longtime partner in the international law firm of Paul Hastings LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s Policy Committee and Unit Committee. At Paul Hastings, he specialized in corporate governance, internal investigations, securities regulatory enforcement, securities compliance, and corporate transactions.
Mr. Jospin has been recognized as a leading corporate and securities lawyer by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal Georgia, Who’s Who of International Mergers & Acquisition Lawyers, Georgia Super Lawyers, and Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers. He served as Chair of the Business Law Section and Chair of the Securities Committee of the State Bar of Georgia. Mr. Jospin has been an adjunct professor at Emory Law School, where he taught Securities Enforcement.
Mr. Jospin has served as the board chair of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Georgia Innocence Project, Georgia Legal Services Foundation, Anti-Defamation League (SE Region), and Zaban-Paradies Couples Center. He has also served on the board of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF), and the Piedmont Driving Club. He received the Elbert P. Tuttle Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League, and the Champion of Justice Award from the Georgia Legal Services Program.
Mr. Jospin is a native of Savannah, Georgia. At Penn, he was a member of the Freshman Heavyweight Crew.