The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday that Christopher R. Conte, associate director in the division of enforcement, will leave his post at the regulator after 18 years.

Conte, 49, has carved out a name for himself at the SEC after he oversaw a variety of high profile cases from accounting fraud and disclosure violations to unlawful market timing. In the past, he functioned as the head of the SEC’s enforcement actions against Dell Inc., and its senior officers and against former executives at Comverse Technology. Also, he assisted in providing support for the SEC’s cases against Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan and Robertson Stephens, Inc involving unlawful IPO allocation practices.

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