With over two decades of SEC enforcement experience, Robert Wilson has investigated and prosecuted federal securities violations committed by some of the largest corporate and financial institutions in the world. At the SEC, where he held several key positions including Deputy Assistant Director and Branch Chief, Bob handled all phases of the enforcement process–from selecting matters to investigate, planning investigations, overseeing investigations, negotiating settlements and handling all aspects of litigation. With this extensive experience and securities industry knowledge, he is a powerful advocate for SEC whistleblowers.
Bob began his career at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the International Trade Administration, which enforces U.S. trade laws and agreements. He subsequently spent five years as a Revenue Officer at the IRS. After graduating from law school, he joined the SEC’s Enforcement Division. During his nearly twenty-five years with the SEC, he successfully prosecuted and supervised scores of cases, including some of the largest enforcement actions in history. They involved a broad range of violations including corporate accounting fraud, auditor misconduct, foreign bribery, broker-dealer fraud, investment adviser misconduct, and insider trading. These cases include SEC v. Halliburton Co. and KBR, Inc., SEC v. Albert J. Stanley, SEC v. Technip SEC v. ENI S.p.A. and Snamprogetti Netherlands, B.V., the largest set of related FCPA actions ever brought by the SEC, which resulted in disgorgement of $400 million and criminal fines of $882 million. Bob led many parallel securities investigations with the Department of Justice, including the investigation in SEC v. Sean Healy, an injunctive action against a Florida investment adviser running a $20 million Ponzi scheme, for which the adviser received a 15-year sentence in the related criminal case.
After leaving the SEC, Bob founded Pelican Partners, LLC, a legal and financial consulting firm. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Albion College.