George Kostolampros

George Kostolampros is a Partner at Venable LLP.  He advises and represents clients in investigations and litigation by federal, industry and state regulatory and enforcement authorities before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA) and other government agencies and self-regulatory agencies. He has extensive experience advising audit committees, special committees, broker-dealers, hedge funds, asset managers, financial professionals, lawyers and other institutions and individuals in connection with civil and criminal law enforcement. George also has significant experience conducting internal investigations for clients relating to the securities laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

In addition, George has significant experience litigating matters involving securities laws and other business disputes, including class action litigation. George has represented clients in administrative proceedings before the SEC and litigation involving shareholder disputes, False Claims Act claims, breach of contract and other business disputes.

George also counsels clients with respect to corporate governance, internal controls and compliance programs. His compliance-related work has included various aspects of the securities laws and drafting policies and procedures, including codes of conduct, insider trading, anti-corruption and FCPA and other policies.

Prior to joining Venable, Mr. Kostolampros was a senior counsel in the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, both in New York and in Washington, D.C. While at the SEC, he investigated possible violations of the federal securities laws, including accounting fraud, improper mutual fund trading, market manipulation, FCPA violations and other conduct. During his tenure at the SEC, he worked closely with other federal and state agencies, including the Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s offices and the Office of the New York Attorney General.

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The Fifth Circuit Vacates the DOL Fiduciary Rule On March 15, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a 2-1 decision,1 vacated the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Fiduciary Rule. The Fifth Circuit found that the DOL overstepped its authority and acted unreasonably by enacting the Fiduciary Rule. with co-authors Michael R. Manley, Lisa A. Tavares, Carol V. Calhoun and...

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