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Darek Defreece

Darek Defreece

Attorney at Law

Oakland
California
Licensed in
CA, MA
Boston College Law
School
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About
I have been primarily a securities attorney and executive for the past 20 years.

I started my career as an associate in a law firm, working with small private hedge funds to global investment firms. I quickly transitioned to an in-house role where I provided more direct and immediate support to my clients. Eventually that led to my principal client inviting me to assist with managing the business.

Along with other senior managers we doubled the revenue impact and global presence of that business with 14 offices around the world, and my team grew from 3 attorneys to approximately 50 employees who covered issues from strategy to
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21
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5.0
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out of 2 reviews
Clear Communication
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Meets Deadlines

"I had the pleasure of working with Darek while at BGI and he was my chief legal counsel. Darek posses a high degree of professionalism, curiosity and legal acumen that is rare even in our fiercely competitive industry."

General legal support
Posted on Apr 6, 2018
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"Despite not being an employment attorney, Darek helped me with a sensitive legal matter. He was able to call upon his network and provide me with the advice I needed both on a timely basis and an effective cost."

employment advice
Posted on Apr 6, 2018

Work History

Wells Fargo

Managing Director

Jun 2013 - Mar 2018

In this position I worked as the business manager for a significant line of business, which included oversight of strategy, regulatory management, administration and facilities and technology. I worked with my peers on the management team to implement new products and services and change our business in accordance with new standards

Jun 2013 - Mar 2018

Wells Fargo

Managing Counsel

Jun 2009 - Jun 2013

In this role I managed a team of attorneys focused on capital market transactions, including foreign exchange payments and derivatives. I also managed the legal issues for global lines of business including international lending and trade payments. I was responsible for issue spotting and engaging other attorneys for a broad range of issues including contracts, employment matters and litigation

Jun 2009 - Jun 2013

Wells Fargo

Senior Counsel

Jun 2003 - Jun 2009

In this role, I was responsible for supporting a line of business which eventually grew from $300MM in annual revenue to $800MM. I rewrote customer agreements from scratch, addressed all issues as the first line of legal defense and acted as an entry point into the Law Department. After a couple of years, I was able to grow the team from just myself to a dedicated team of 4 before I was promoted

Jun 2003 - Jun 2009

PlanetOut.com

Director, Business and Legal Affairs

Aug 2002 - Jun 2003

I was part of a small legal team for this internet and multi-media company, principally in charge of negotiating agreements with vendors, customers and joint venture partners. I was also in charge of preparing the stock records for the company in anticipation of its eventual sale (it later went IPO instead).

Aug 2002 - Jun 2003

Barclays Global Investors

Counsel

Jun 2000 - Jun 2002

I provided legal support for this global investment firm which was later acquired by Blackrock. In this role, I advised on numerous investment management issues, including those related to the Investment Company Act, Investment Advisers Act and other securities laws. I was the principal counsel to the firm's captive broker-dealer as well.

Jun 2000 - Jun 2002

Paul Hastings

Associate

Jun 1998 - Jun 2000

In this role I set up private hedge funds and advised public mutual funds on applicable laws.

Jun 1998 - Jun 2000

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