Andrew Ceresney is a litigation partner whose practice focuses on white collar criminal and SEC investigations, complex civil litigation, and internal corporate investigations. He represents companies, boards of directors, and individuals in criminal, civil, and SEC enforcement matters, with a particular focus on: securities-related and money laundering matters for financial institutions, including investigations relating to insider trading, accounting fraud, valuation issues, structured and complex financial products, and disclosure issues: matters involving the pharmaceutical industry, including government investigations of promotional practices and class action litigation; and matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA (2010), with sources praising him as "a tremendous lawyer and a real credit to the firm" and "a dogged, hardworking and detail-oriented lawyer who is easy to work with." The Legal 500 US (2010) recommends Mr. Ceresney and notes he is "well respected for his expertise in SEC investigations, complex civil litigation matters and internal corporate investigations." He is recognized as a "Future Star" in the IFLR Benchmark Litigation Guide (2010). Mr. Ceresney has co-authored "Regulatory Investigations and the Credit Crisis: The Search for Villains," American Criminal Law Review, 46 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 225 (2009), and "The Keys To Successfully Disclosing An Investigation," Directors & Boards Boardroom Briefing (2005).
Prior to joining Debevoise in 2003, Mr. Ceresney served as a Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney in the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. During his tenure at the US Attorney's Office, Mr. Ceresney was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and the Major Crimes Unit, and handled numerous white collar criminal investigations, trials and appeals, including matters relating to securities fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, public corruption and obstruction of justice.
Mr. Ceresney served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Dennis Jacobs, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1997 to 1998 and the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey, Chief Judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1996 to 1997.
Mr. Ceresney received his J.D. in 1996, from Yale Law School, where he was Essays Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He obtained his B.A. summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University in 1993.
Mr. Ceresney is also a member of the Judiciary Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and a member of the board of The Fund for Modern Courts.