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David B Fein
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David B Fein of Standard Chartered PLC
David Fein draws from a wealth of institutional knowledge of regulatory issues to advise Standard Chartered Bank on a broad spectrum of legal matters, having spent six years as an assistant US attorney in New York’s famous Southern District, two years as an associate counsel to the President in the Clinton Administration and three years as a US Attorney for the District of Connecticut, alongside private practice experience at Debevoise & Plimpton and Wiggin and Dana, where he chaired the white-collar criminal defence practice. His role at the bank includes leading its legal, compliance and secretarial functions and a team of over 600 lawyers spread out across the globe, with one of his more recent challenges including a US Department of Justice investigation into possible sanctions violations involving Iran. He garners considerable praise for his leadership of the legal team, with sources reporting: “He’s incredibly bright and has very good judgement, but he’s also very down to earth and very practical in how he considers issues. He applies a private practice and prosecutorial mindset to his work as general counsel.” Fein also devotes time to philanthropic endeavours, serving as chair of blindness prevention charity Seeing is Believing and sitting on the board of directors for guide dog charity Guiding Eyes for the Blind.