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Paul McCurdy

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Phone: (203) 351-8039
Fax: (203) 327-2669
New York
Phone: (212) 808-7864
Fax: (212) 808-7897

Paul McCurdy is a partner in the firm’s Stamford and New York offices and chair of the firm’s Broker-Dealer practice group. Mr. McCurdy is former chair of the firm and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Mr. McCurdy focuses his practice on representing investment banking, retail, clearing, direct access and advisory firms in regulatory, enforcement, compliance, corporate and litigation matters.

Mr. McCurdy represents clients in internal investigations; market surveillance and enforcement examinations, proceedings and contested matters; and state registration issues. His specific experience in these areas includes trade disputes, customer complaints, clearing agreements, subordination agreements, USA Patriot Act compliance programs, SEC Rules 15c3-1 and 15c3-3, and margin issues. He has represented and defended witnesses in regulatory matters in more than 150 on-the-record interviews.

Mr. McCurdy also assists investment advisory firms and hedge funds with fund structure and formation, SEC vs. state registration compliance, performance fees, fee agreements, and Section 28(e) and Form ADV disclosure issues. In addition, he handles high-level executive employment agreements for employees of financial services firms.

Representative Experience

Represented an exchange specialist firm in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) administrative law hearing.

Represented a fully disclosed clearing firm in an arbitration resulting in recovery of 100 percent of claims plus attorneys' fees.

Represented clients in more than 25 reported New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) hearing panel decisions and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) letters of acceptance, waiver and consent (AWCs).

Represented an international broker-dealer in a mutual fund B-share investigation.

Represented former NYSE directors in the New York Attorney General v. Grasso litigation.

Represented numerous broker-dealers in 15c3-1, 15c3-3 and supervisory investigations.

Represented retail firms in dozens of regulatory investigations and arbitrations.

Memberships & Associations

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Legal & Compliance Division 
Connecticut Bar Association
New York State Bar Association

Professional Activities

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, arbitrator, chairperson

Community Activities

Lafayette College, Board of Trustees

Lafayette College Alumni Association, president, 2008-2010

Lafayette College Alumni Association, president elect, 2006-2007

Joe Torre Safe-@-Home Foundation, Development Committee, 2003-present

Department of Parks & Recreation, Town of New Canaan, Conn., commissioner, 1999-2005

YMCA, New Canaan, Conn., director, 1997-2003

Stamford Symphony Orchestra, counsel, 1998-1999, director, 1997-1999

YMCA, Stamford, Conn., director, 1992-1995

Honors & Awards

Recognized nationally as a leading practitioner in the Broker-Dealer area by Chambers USA, 2008-2012, 2014-2015.

Listed in New York “Super Lawyers,” 2015.

Martindale-Hubbell — A/V Rated.

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February/March 2015

The Uncertain State of FINRA Arbitration

Practical Law The Journal: Litigation