Washington (Dec. 23, 2003) — Wayne M. Carlin, regional director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's northeast regional office, announced that he is leaving the commission to become a partner in the law firm where he began his legal career.

Carlin, 44, will leave the SEC in January to join Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he started in 1984 as an associate. He has served as regional director at the SEC since October 2000. Under Carlin's watch, the northeast regional office has led a number high-profile cases, including accounting fraud cases against Adelphia Communications and Rite Aid Corp., the ImClone insider trading cases, the research analyst conflict case against Lehman Brothers, and an auditor independence case against PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Carlin joined the commission in 1993. He left in 1997 as an assistant regional director to serve as head of regulatory affairs at Lazard Freres & Co. and returned to the SEC in September 1999 as associate regional director.

— WebCPA staff

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