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David Wishengrad

David Wishengrad


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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
32 Old Slip
New York, NY 10005



  • Pace University, J.D., 2005, summa cum laude; Managing Editor, Pace Law Review
  • New York University, M.B.A., 1989
  • Duke University, A.B., 1986


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

David Wishengrad, Chair of Cahill’s Broker-Dealer – Regulatory & Litigation practice group, represents financial institutions, broker/dealers, hedge funds, and asset managers in connection with regulatory investigations, examinations, enforcement actions, litigations and internal investigations.

David has handled numerous matters involving complex financial products, including collateralized debt obligations, credit default swaps, mortgage-backed securities, interest rate and currency derivatives, swaptions, and EFRPs. He regularly represents clients in connection with investigations and examinations conducted by the Department of Justice, SEC, CFTC, state attorneys general, self-regulatory organizations and foreign regulators. Over his career, David has managed matters and proceedings concerning nearly every aspect of the business of investment banking, including fixed income, derivatives, and equities trading, retail and private banking, capital market and advisory services, underwriting and securitization, prime brokerage, and asset management.

"David Wishengrad perfectly balances legal expertise with superior knowledge of the financial products or complex trading at issue. It's a combination clients need in this field." – Chambers USA

Chambers USA has recognized David as a leading lawyer nationwide for Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer: Enforcement, with clients noting that he is “even-keeled,” “incredibly smart” and “a pleasure to work with.” They go on to say “he is extremely thorough, very calm and able to distill very complex matters. David is a good advocate as well in presenting to regulators and the like." In 2022, David was a part of the Cahill trial team that earned recognition as Litigators of the Week by The American Lawyer following their precedent-setting win defending Credit Suisse in a foreign exchange markets class action following an eight-day jury trial in the SDNY. David is currently representing major financial institutions in high-profile litigations involving CDOs and certain benchmark rates.

David currently serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Finance Committee.