Alexander M. Vasilescu is the Regional Trial Counsel for the New York Regional Office of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, located in New York City. In that position, which he has held since 2005, Alex oversees New York's Trial Unit, which consists of Alex, 8 Senior Trial Counsel, trial unit paralegal and Regional Litigation Counsel. Since joining the SEC in 1995, Alex has led investigations and litigations involving violations of a wide range of securities law. Most recently, Alex brought the emergency action against Bernard Madoff on December 11, 2008, and he also led the expedited investigation and litigation, filed on August 11, 2008, that brought down the $255 million Ponzi scheme by Wextrust entities. He also recently let trial teams that won a jury trial in the Southern District of New York against a father and son that committed insider trading (SEC v. Mitchell Drucker et al) and that obtained favorable initial decision and settlements against 7 respondents in an administrative hearing involving mutual fund late-trading and deceptive market-timing (Trautman Wasserman AP.). Alex also led the SEC's investigation and prosecutions relating to a $3.3 billion accounting fraud at Computer Associates International, Inc. Alex and his team at the SEC charged 7 executives, including the former Chairman and CEO, the former CFO, and the former General Counsel. In addition, Alex has overseen various other investigations and prosecutions, including enforcement actions against: Dana Giacchetto, an investment advisor to Hollywood actors and artists for defrauding clients; John G. Bennett, Jr. and the Foundation for New Era Philanthropy, for committing a $500 million Ponzi scheme and a registered representative at Prudential Securities who aided and abetted that fraud; State Bank of India and Citibank, N.A. relating to a multibillion dollar unregistered bond offering; and 17-year-old Cole Bartiromo, for conducting a multi-million dollar fraudulent securities offering on the internet. Prior to joining the SEC, Alex was a litigation associate at the law firms of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel LLP. Alex received a B.A., cum laude, in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University, and J.D. from Cornell Law School.