Areas of Practice
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • New York University, B.F.A.
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • California
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6251
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Carolyn Walsh advises clients on a wide range of capital markets legislative and rulemaking developments.  She is widely recognized for her knowledge and experience on regulatory and legislative issues involving systematically significant financial institutions and financial market utilities as well as trends and issues in the regulation of the municipal securities and fixed income markets.

Ms. Walsh advises clients in all aspects of capital markets regulations in US and foreign jurisdictions, including the regulation of derivatives market participants (swap dealers and major swap participants), and newly created and regulated registered entities (swap data repositories and swap execution facilities).  She also focuses her practice on matters involving the designation of globally significant financial institutions and market utilities, the Volcker Rule, the Swap “Push-Out” Rule, credit rating agency reform, trends and issues in the fixed income markets, and compliance and risk management issues facing banks and other major market participants. 

Ms. Walsh has significant experience representing clients before Congress, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), the Treasury Department, and other regulatory agencies that implement financial reform regulation.

Prior to returning to private practice, Ms. Walsh spent nearly 14 years in senior leadership positions at two leading securities and banking industry associations and at the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB).  She served as deputy general counsel for the ABA Securities Association, where she was responsible for managing legal, regulatory and advocacy efforts focused on the capital markets.

Ms. Walsh also served as vice president and senior counsel for the American Bankers Association.  In that position, she advocated for the banking industry before Congress and industry regulators, and led the Association’s lobbying efforts on several capital market provisions included in the Dodd-Frank Act.

Ms. Walsh also held the position of senior associate general counsel for the MSRB where she was active in implementing regulatory policy and industry initiatives, including revisions to the MSRB’s signature pay-to-play regulations. 

Her experience while in private practice also includes successfully investigating financial fraud and insider trading for the SEC, as well as defending clients in SEC investigations, including pay-to-play, municipal disclosure, and market manipulations.

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Professional Affiliations

  • California Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • The Exchequer Club
  • National Board Member for REAL School Gardens