Lawyer Mark Shelton Joins Gibson Dunn in New York From UBS AG

February 3, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Mark Shelton, formerly the Americas General Counsel and Global Head of Investigations at UBS AG, is joining the firm as a partner in the New York office.  At Gibson Dunn, he will continue to practice financial institutions law with a focus on banking regulation and investigations.

“We are delighted that Mark is joining Gibson Dunn,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “During his 10-year tenure at UBS, Mark gained exceptional depth and breadth of experience related to multi-jurisdictional regulatory and other sophisticated legal issues facing large, global financial institutions.  Gibson Dunn has a significant practice representing financial institutions in bank and securities regulation, litigation, investigations, corporate governance and public policy matters.  Mark will significantly enhance our financial institutions capabilities.”

“Mark is highly regarded in the financial community and respected by regulators in the U.S., Europe and Asia,” said Robert Serio, Co-Partner in Charge of the New York office.  “Mark’s experience is notable and spans several significant practices at the firm.  He has been involved in most of the major regulatory investigations in the banking industry in the last 10 years and is known to many of our partners for his hands-on approach, sound judgment and strategic thinking.  He has a long history of advising on U.S. broker-dealer regulation and extensive personal experience with U.S., U.K., Swiss and other bank regulators that will be of great benefit to our regulatory practice.”

“I have had extraordinary experiences with extremely talented bankers and lawyers as in-house counsel at UBS.  Now I am excited to begin a new chapter in my professional career as a partner at Gibson Dunn,” said Shelton.  “The firm has a highly-regarded financial institutions practice and one of the premier regulatory and litigation platforms with a global reach.  I very much look forward to working with my new colleagues to provide exceptional legal services to our clients.”

About Mark Shelton

At Gibson Dunn, Shelton will focus on advising financial institutions on bank regulation, securities and commodities regulation, internal and regulatory investigations, financial sanctions, foreign corrupt practices, anti-money laundering, consumer protection regulation, enforcement and congressional hearings.

During his 10-year tenure at UBS, Shelton served in several in-house positions.  Most recently, he served both as Americas General Counsel since 2009 and as Global Head of Investigations since 2011.  He also has served as General Counsel for Wealth Management and for the Investment Bank in the Americas.

As Global Head of Investigations, Shelton was responsible for significant internal and regulatory investigations for all business groups globally.  He led UBS’s global investigation into LIBOR and other interest rate benchmarks issues and also led the investigation into alleged municipal derivative bid rigging, among other matters.  He has appeared before numerous global regulatory bodies and conducted settlements discussions with various government agencies. 

As Americas General Counsel, Shelton organized UBS’s interactions with the Federal Reserve Board and was responsible for more than 500 compliance and legal professionals who provide services to employees in the Americas Investment Bank, Asset Management and Wealth Management businesses. 

While at UBS, Shelton, who was nominated by President George W. Bush, served as a director on the Board of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

Prior to joining UBS in 2003, Shelton was a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP from 1997 to 2003.  He served as counsel to the Presidential Transition Foundation of President George W. Bush and was inside counsel for the 1996 presidential campaign of Senator Robert Dole.  He was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center from 1999 to 2011 and was a staff attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1994 to 1995.  He clerked for Judge C. Arlen Beam of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1992 to 1994.  In 1992, he graduated from University of Virginia School of Law as a member of the Order of the Coif and Virginia Law Review.