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STEPHEN P. WINK is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Wink is a member of the firm's Financial Regulatory Practice. His practice focuses on advising a wide range of market players including investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, exchanges, alternative trading platforms, transfer agents and other financial institutions on matters involving the regulation of broker-dealers and investment advisors, market regulation, and compliance and enforcement matters.

Mr. Wink has in-depth knowledge and broad experience advising on the overlapping patchwork of regulations covering the financial markets, including the laws and rules under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the rules of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and other self-regulatory organizations. Mr. Wink is recognized by Chambers USA as one of the country’s leading financial services broker dealer regulation lawyers. He is also recommended byThe Legal 500 for Financial Services Regulatory and Alternative / Hedge Funds, and noted by clients as "excellent."

Mr. Wink provides regular commentary on regulatory initiatives and rule-making proposals on behalf of clients and trade associations. He has frequently obtained no-action relief and interpretive guidance on behalf of clients from various regulatory bodies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA.

Mr. Wink is a former member of various securities industry committees, including the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s Federal Regulation Committee, the New York Stock Exchange's Compliance Advisory Committee and was Chair of the Bond Market Association's Municipal Legal Advisory Committee. Mr. Wink is a regular speaker at securities industry conferences.

Mr. Wink spent nine years in-house as Executive Managing Director and General Counsel of First Albany Companies Inc., a full-service investment bank, merchant bank and investment advisor. He began his career at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton after serving as a law clerk to Judge George E. MacKinnon of the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


Practice areas


  1. Financial Markets and Services: 100%
    24 years, 5 thousand cases

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Latham & Watkins, LLP

885 Third Avenue
New York, NY, 10022


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Magna Cum LaudeNotre Dame Law School1991
American Jurisprudence AwardAmerican Jurisprudence1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLatham & Watkins, LLP2011 - Present
Managing PartnerCahill/Wink LLP2005 - Present
General Counsel, Executive Managing DirectorFirst Albany Companies Inc.1996 - 2005
AssociateCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton1992 - 1996
Law ClerkU.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit1991 - 1992
PresidentHenniker Holding Corp1985 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bond Market Association - Municipal Securities CommitteeChairman1999 - 2000
Notre Dame Law ReviewEditor in Chief1990 - 1991
Publication nameTitleDate
Bloomberg Corporate Law JournalThe Unintended Disenfranchisement of Shareholders2009
New York Law JournalFree Speech, Private Offering Regs: Focus on the Purchaser2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SIFMA Fixed Income ConferenceFixed Income Trading Issues2009
Fixed Income ConferenceMunicipal Securities2001
Securities Industry Association Legal & Compliance ConferenceMunicipal Securities1998