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Colleen P. Mahoney

Colleen P. Mahoney

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Washington, DC, USA


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 Leading Lawyers 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,” The 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:
Transcripts  Transcripts In-House Lawyer Roundtable - In-House Lawyer Roundtable , Friday, November 02, 2012
Welcome and Opening Remarks - Welcome and Opening Remarks , Tuesday, November 13, 2012
In-House Lawyer Roundtable - In-House Lawyer Roundtable , Thursday, October 24, 2013
Opening Remarks - Opening Remarks , Friday, November 08, 2013
Concluding the Investigation - Concluding the Investigation , Friday, June 27, 2014
In-House Lawyer Roundtable - In-House Lawyer Roundtable , Thursday, October 30, 2014
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
SEC Enforcement Trends - Enforcement 2014: Perspectives from Government Agencies , Friday, April 25, 2014
Trends in SEC Enforcement & Internal Investigations, March 27, 2014 - Internal Investigations 2014 , Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The SEC Enforcement Landscape for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers (September 3, 2014) - Broker-Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2014 , Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Trends in SEC Enforcement & Internal Investigations - Securities Regulation Institute (46th Annual) , Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks 45th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation 2013
Web Segment  Web Segment 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
Enforcement Priorities - Enforcement 2014: Perspectives from Government Agencies , Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Concluding the Investigation - Internal Investigations 2014 , Friday, June 27, 2014
In-House Lawyer Roundtable - Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2014 , Thursday, October 30, 2014
The Government's Perspective on Securities Enforcement: Top Priorities and Policies in Action - Securities Regulation Institute 2014 (46th Annual) , Monday, November 10, 2014
Interview with Past Directors of Enforcement - Securities Regulation Institute 2014 (46th Annual) , Monday, November 10, 2014
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio 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
Enforcement 2014: Perspectives from Government Agencies - Enforcement Priorities - Enforcement Priorities , Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Internal Investigations 2014: Concluding the Investigation - Concluding the Investigation , Monday, June 30, 2014
In-House Lawyer Roundtable - In-House Lawyer Roundtable , Thursday, October 30, 2014
The Government's Perspective on Securities Enforcement: Top Priorities and Policies in Action - The Government's Perspective on Securities Enforcement: Top Priorities and Policies in Action , Monday, November 10, 2014
Interview with Past Directors of Enforcement - Interview with Past Directors of Enforcement , Monday, November 10, 2014
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg 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
Enforcement 2014: Perspectives from Government Agencies - Enforcement Priorities - Enforcement Priorities , Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Internal Investigations 2014: Concluding the Investigation - Concluding the Investigation , Monday, June 30, 2014
In-House Lawyer Roundtable - In-House Lawyer Roundtable , Thursday, October 30, 2014
Interview with Past Directors of Enforcement - Interview with Past Directors of Enforcement , Monday, November 10, 2014
The Government's Perspective on Securities Enforcement: Top Priorities and Policies in Action - The Government's Perspective on Securities Enforcement: Top Priorities and Policies in Action , Monday, November 10, 2014
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2013 , Tuesday, December 03, 2013 , New York, NY
Enforcement 2014: Perspectives from Government Agencies , Friday, May 09, 2014 , New York, NY
Internal Investigations 2014 , Tuesday, July 08, 2014 , New York, NY
Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2014 , Wednesday, November 05, 2014 , New York, NY
Securities Regulation Institute 2014 (46th Annual) , Friday, November 21, 2014 , New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2015 , Tuesday, February 10, 2015 , New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2015 , Tuesday, February 10, 2015 , New York, NY
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