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Colleen P. Mahoney

Colleen P. Mahoney

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Colleen P. Mahoney
Partner
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Government Enforcement Matters

Colleen P. Mahoney, a partner in Skadden’s Washington, D.C. office, heads the firm’s Securities Enforcement and Compliance practice, and regularly represents financial services firms, corporations, their officers, board committees, directors and employees in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other law enforcement investigations.

Ms. Mahoney assists management and boards of directors performing internal investigations, often advising clients on preventive and remedial measures before and after securities-related issues arise.

Ms. Mahoney has been the lead attorney representing many of the company boards and individuals embroiled in signature SEC investigations. Her clients have included many well-known U.S. and foreign companies. As is frequently the case with SEC enforcement matters, the biggest victories are the ones that never become public – the government investigations and inquiries that are put to rest before charges are filed or an indictment is issued, or even before a public disclosure of the government interest. Ms. Mahoney has succeeded in bringing a number of matters to a close in those circumstances.

Prior to joining Skadden, Ms. Mahoney spent 15 years in increasingly senior positions with the SEC, serving as acting general counsel of the agency and as deputy director of the division of enforcement. During her tenure at the SEC, Ms. Mahoney helped manage a civil law enforcement program that involved a wide range of issues, including financial fraud and disclosure, auditor independence, mutual fund sales practices, derivatives and insider trading.

Ms. Mahoney frequently lectures on securities regulatory and enforcement issues at seminars and conferences in the United States and abroad.

Ms. Mahoney has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s LeadingLawyers for Business, The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers, Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America and The Best Lawyers in America. In 2012 and 2013, she was recognized as one of Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” and she also was named to the short list of the nation’s top women regulatory lawyers by Chambers USA (2012).

Education

J.D., American University, 1981
(summa cum laude)

B.A., American University School of Government and Public Administration, 1978
(magna cum laude)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Government Service

Acting General Counsel, Securities and Exchange Commission (1998)
Deputy Director, Division of Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission (1994-1998)

Executive Assistant to the Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission (1993-1994)

Professional Experience

Lecturer, Practising Law Institute

Selected Authorships

“SEC Announces First Non-Prosecution Agreement in an FCPA Matter,” Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, May 11, 2013
“SEC Enforcement in the Second Term of the Obama Administration,” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, February 14, 2013

Colleen P. Mahoney is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Recent SEC Cases Against Regulated Entities & Individuals (August 29th, 2013) - Broker-Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2013 , Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Recent SEC Cases Against Hedge Funds - Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement and Regulatory Developments 2013 , Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Trends in SEC Enforcement (November 22, 2013) - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2014 , Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Web Segment  Web Segment In-House Lawyer Roundtable - Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2013 , Thursday, October 24, 2013
Current Hedge Fund and Private Equity Fund Enforcement Priorities - The Enforcers' Perspective - Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2013 , Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Transcripts  Transcripts In-House Lawyer Roundtable - In-House Lawyer Roundtable , Thursday, October 24, 2013
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2013: In-House Lawyer Roundtable - In-House Lawyer Roundtable , Monday, October 28, 2013
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2013: Current Hedge Fund and Private Equity Fund Enforcement Priorities - The Enforcers' Perspective - Current Hedge Fund and Private Equity Fund Enforcement Priorities - The Enforcers' Perspective , Wednesday, November 20, 2013
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2013: In-House Lawyer Roundtable - In-House Lawyer Roundtable , Monday, October 28, 2013
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2013: Current Hedge Fund and Private Equity Fund Enforcement Priorities - The Enforcers' Perspective - Current Hedge Fund and Private Equity Fund Enforcement Priorities - The Enforcers' Perspective , Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks 45th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation 2013
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2013 , Wednesday, November 06, 2013 , New York, NY
Securities Regulation Institute 2013 (45th Annual) , Friday, November 22, 2013 , New York, NY
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2013 , Tuesday, December 03, 2013 , New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Enforcement 2014: Perspectives from Government Agencies , Friday, April 25, 2014 , New York, NY
Internal Investigations 2014 , Tuesday, June 24, 2014 , New York, NY
Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2013 , Wednesday, October 23, 2013 , New York, NY
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2013 , Tuesday, November 19, 2013 , New York, NY
Securities Regulation Institute (45th Annual) , Wednesday, November 06, 2013 , New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Enforcement 2014: Perspectives from Government Agencies , Friday, April 25, 2014 , New York, NY
Internal Investigations 2014 , Tuesday, June 24, 2014 , New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Enforcement 2014: Perspectives from Government Agencies , Friday, April 25, 2014 , Cleveland, OH
Enforcement 2014: Perspectives from Government Agencies , Friday, April 25, 2014 , New Brunswick , NJ
Enforcement 2014: Perspectives from Government Agencies , Friday, April 25, 2014 , Birmingham, AL
Internal Investigations 2014 , Tuesday, June 24, 2014 , Cleveland, OH
Internal Investigations 2014 , Tuesday, June 24, 2014 , Boston, MA
Internal Investigations 2014 , Tuesday, June 24, 2014 , Mechanicsburg, PA
Internal Investigations 2014 , Tuesday, June 24, 2014 , Philadelphia, PA
Internal Investigations 2014 , Tuesday, June 24, 2014 , Columbus, OH
Internal Investigations 2014 , Tuesday, June 24, 2014 , Pittsburgh, PA
Internal Investigations 2014 , Tuesday, June 24, 2014 , Atlanta, GA
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