Paul Atkins

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Paul Atkins
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Occupation Chief Executive Officer
Employer Patomak Global Partners
Location Washington, D.C.

Paul Atkins is the chief executive officer of Patomak Global Partners, LLC. He is a former SEC commissioner.

He is also a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, USA Today, and Politico, as well as scholarly journals such as the Harvard Business Law Review and the Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law. He is a trustee of the American Council on Germany, serving as chairman of the audit committee, and is a member of the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board.[1]

From 2009 to 2010, he served as a member of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).


Atkins served as a Republican commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from July 2002 to August 2008. During his two terms, he called for more transparency and consistency in the SEC’s decision-making and enforcement activities and regulation that considered costs and benefits, and he spoke out against large fines for companies, arguing they punish shareholders. He represented the SEC at various meetings of the US–EU Transatlantic Economic Council, the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, the World Economic Forum, and the Transatlantic Business Dialogue.

Before his government service, Atkins was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers and predecessor firm Coopers & Lybrand, where he advised financial services firms on regulatory compliance, internal controls, and risk management issues.

From 1990 to 1994, he served on the staffs of SEC chairmen Richard C. Breeden and Arthur Levitt as chief of staff and counselor, respectively.

Atkins began his career as a lawyer with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, representing U.S. and foreign clients on a wide range of corporate finance, banking, and business combination transactions.


Atkins received his A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Wofford College and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he was Senior Student Writing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.


  1. Paul Atkins profile. Patomak Global Partners.