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Bharara’s Criminal Chief Poised to Join Paul Weiss Firm

Lorin Reisner, who heads the criminal division at the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office, is leaving his post to join New York law firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Reisner, 52, will join Paul Weiss next month as a partner in the litigation department, focusing on white-collar crime and government investigations, according to a company statement today.

“Lorin’s depth of experience in securities and commodities fraud and white-collar crime make him an invaluable asset to our clients and our firm,” Allan Arffa, partner and co-chair of the litigation department, said in the statement.

As the criminal chief for the Southern District of New York, Reisner has supervised investigations ranging from securities fraud and public corruption to organized crime and narcotics. The office has prosecuted dozens of high-profile insider-trading cases in recent years and is leading negotiations with BNP Paribas SA in what could become the biggest settlement ever for violating U.S. economic sanctions.

Before joining Bharara’s office, Reisner served as deputy director of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he managed some of the agency’s highest-profile cases to come from the 2008 financial crisis. Reisner was a partner at law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP for 13 years before he joined the SEC in 2009.

Reisner, whose departure from the prosecutor’s office was announced yesterday, will be succeeded by Bharara’s chief counsel, Joon Kim. Daniel Stein, a partner at Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP, will replace Kim.

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