David Chaves

FBI Supervisory Special Agent
Securities Fraud Program Manager on Wall Street


Working on cases for Bernie Madoff, Martha Stewart, Martin Shkreli and many more, David Chaves served as the securities fraud program manager for the most visible securities cases prosecuted over the last decade. Now retired, David was a senior FBI Official assigned to the New York Division for twenty years. He is widely recognized as the chief strategist in coordinating these complex white collar investigations and for infiltrating corrupt participants in the hedge fund industry through the use of sophisticated techniques, undercover operations, and wiretaps.


He is a securities fraud subject matter expert and lectures to audiences around the world on securities fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), compliance/regulation, best practices, leadership, and cyber threats to the financial industry. David has led delegations in foreign countries on behalf of the FBI and State Department to assist judges and prosecutors on “rule of law” and protection of fundamental human rights. Prior to joining the FBI he became the youngest Detective Sergeant in the State of Massachusetts and the first policeman to become an attorney and member of the MA Bar. He had a civil litigation practice in MA.


David is regularly sought by print, online, and television media for his unique insight on a broad spectrum of topics. As an FBI Agent, he also worked closely with financial industry executives and legal teams to foster a culture of compliance, leadership, and responsibility.

“In unrelated news, David’s favourite sport to watch and play is hockey



FBI on Wall Street

A one of a kind presentation that uncovers the seminal investigation of Wall Street by the FBI and SEC. Learn how the FBI uncovered the biggest insider trading fraud in U.S history and about the challenges in bringing charges. David can also discuss the sophisticated techniques used to change an industry, and how the epidemic of insider trading led to a revival of the same industry through partnership with the FBI.


Cyber Security: Don’t be a Victim

In this keynote, David discusses cybercrime and its catastrophic consequences that can affect us all. In 2017, the evolving threat stream makes you and your business a target as hackers become more sophisticated and organized. DDoS attacks, botnets, malware, ransomware, business email compromise, IoT, dronejacking, phishing, and mobile malware can devastate your business. Explore the “Dark Web” and see how criminals operate under a cloak of anonymity. Hear real FBI closed cases that will keep you up at night and the best practices to help protect you and your company.


Lead from Where You Stand

David is a leadership and performance expert who helped craft the FBI’s “Leadership Development Program.” He was the architect of the FBI’s “Lead from Where You Stand” series which brought Wall Street executives into the FBI to share their keys to success. As a recognized thought leader David mentored both new and seasoned FBI agents and government employees. David inspires audiences to challenge themselves and discover their highest potential through entertaining stories of his personal life and 20 year FBI career. Listen to his unique insights and powerful message that will transform your personal and professional relationships.


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