Richard Walker, former Director of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission who for 14 years served as global general counsel of Deutsche Bank, has joined international law firm King & Spalding as a partner in the Special Matters & Government Investigations group, resident in the New York office.

Walker, who specializes in crisis management, domestic and cross-border government and internal investigations, corporate governance counseling, and complex financial litigation matters, spent a decade at the SEC (1991-2001), holding three of the agency's most important positions: Director of the Division of Enforcement, General Counsel, and Regional Director of the Northeast Regional Office, which includes New York.

While at the SEC, Walker was awarded the Presidential Rank Distinguished Service Award, the SEC's Distinguished Service Award, and the Chairman's Award for Excellence. He left the SEC in 2001 to join Deutsche Bank, where he was global general counsel and subsequently, vice chairman. He retired from that role last year.

"As the only person to have served the SEC as both Enforcement Director and General Counsel, Dick has vast and invaluable experience in securities regulation and compliance," said Carmen Lawrence, co-head of King & Spalding's Securities Enforcement and Regulation practice, and Walker's former colleague at the SEC. "His solid judgment, exceptional legal skills and integrity further strengthen our ability to advise clients in sophisticated and complex securities law matters."