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Fraser L. Hunter, Jr.

Partner

Vice Chair, Securities Department

Hunter Jr., Fraser L.
Fraser L. Hunter, Jr. has extensive experience in securities enforcement, white collar crime and complex commercial litigation. He focuses on the counseling and representation of individuals, broker-dealers, hedge funds, investment banks and other financial market participants in internal investigations, regulatory enforcement and compliance matters, class actions and other complex litigation matters.

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August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

April 17, 2015

WilmerHale Honored by New York’s City Bar Justice Center

On April 1, a group of lawyers from the firm’s New York office attended the City Bar Justice Center’s 10th annual gala, where WilmerHale and IBM were honored for their leadership and dedication to public service.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

Speaking Engagements

Recent Highlights

Recent Enforcement Highlights

  • Represented Bear Stearns in connections with regulatory and litigation matters arising out of the collapse of two Bear Stearns hedge funds relating to the sub-prime mortgage crisis
  • Representation of an Audit Committee in connection with parallel investigations by the Department of Justice and the SEC regarding certain trade routing and compensation practices of a broker-dealer
  • Representation of a broker-dealer in connection with parallel SEC, FINRA and civil litigation and customer arbitration matters arising out of the collapse of the Puerto Rico bond market
  • Representation of a broker-dealer in SEC investigations of structured products offered to wealth management clients
  • Representation of senior executive in SEC investigation of the pricing and sale of closed end mutual fund shares to retail investors
  • Representation of hedge fund complex in connection with an SEC inquiry regarding certain related party transactions
  • Representation of a publicly-traded energy company in connection with an SEC inquiry regarding certain accounting matters
  • Representation of various individuals in SEC investigations involving, among other things, closed end funds, CDOs, municipal bond offerings, accounting matters and insider trading
  • Regularly advises broker-dealer, investment adviser and investment banking clients on regulatory, compliance and enforcement-related matters

Recent Litigation Highlights

  • Represents Royal Bank of Scotland in connection with all state and federal litigation arising out of the LIBOR investigations
  • Represented two defendant prime brokers in industry-wide litigation filed in state and federal court over various short sale practices
  • Represented two defendant underwriters in connection with 55 industry-wide cases alleging violations of Section 16(b) short swing profit regulations in connection with certain initial public offerings
  • Represented several underwriter defendants in IPO-related antitrust and securities class action litigation (e.g., In re Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation; In re Initial Public Offering Antitrust Litigation; In re Public Offering Fee Antitrust Litigation; and Friedman v. Salomon Smith Barney Inc. et al.)
  • Representation of an accounting firm in connection with litigation arising out of the Madoff ponzi scheme
  • Representation of accounting firms in connection with litigation arising out of the Satyam Computer Services scandal

Professional Activities

Mr. Hunter is a member of several bar associations including the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Council and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he has served on the Committee on International Human Rights, the Committee on Securities Regulation and the Securities Litigation Committee.

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Education

JD, Columbia Law School, 1992

BA, Brown University, 1988

Bar Admissions

New York

Clerkships

The Hon. Martin L.C. Feldman, US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 1992 - 1993

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