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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 boards, board committees, officers, 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 addressed a wide range of issues, including financial fraud and disclosure, asset management issues, 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. Since 2012, she has been recognized as one of Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” and she also was named to the shortlist of the nation’s top women regulatory lawyers by Chambers USA (2012). Additionally, Ms. Mahoney was included in Washingtonian Magazine’s 2013 “Best Lawyers” list.

Selected Publications

“The SEC Enforcement Process: Latest Tips and Trend,” Bloomberg BNA, September 10, 2014

“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

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 (1993­1994)

Experience

Lecturer, Practising Law Institute

Colleen P. Mahoney is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Trends in SEC Enforcement & Internal Investigations (July 31, 2015) - Securities Regulation Institute (47th Annual), Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The SEC Enforcement Landscape for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisors (September 14, 2015) - Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2015, Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Trends in SEC Enforcement & Internal Investigations (December 9, 2015) - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2016, Friday, February 12, 2016
Trends in SEC Enforcement & Internal Investigations - Enforcement 2016: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Friday, April 29, 2016
Web Segment  Web Segment Government Enforcement Priorities: What’s on the Agenda Now, and in 2016? - 47th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Sunday, November 01, 2015
In-House Lawyer Roundtable - Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2015, Thursday, November 12, 2015
Enforcement Priorities - Enforcement 2016: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Monday, May 02, 2016
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Government Enforcement Priorities: What’s on the Agenda Now, and in 2016? - Government Enforcement Priorities: What’s on the Agenda Now, and in 2016?, Sunday, November 01, 2015
In-House Lawyer Roundtable - In-House Lawyer Roundtable, Thursday, November 12, 2015
Enforcement Priorities - Enforcement Priorities, Monday, May 02, 2016
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Government Enforcement Priorities: What’s on the Agenda Now, and in 2016? - Government Enforcement Priorities: What’s on the Agenda Now, and in 2016?, Sunday, November 01, 2015
In-House Lawyer Roundtable - In-House Lawyer Roundtable, Thursday, November 12, 2015
Enforcement Priorities - Enforcement Priorities, Monday, May 02, 2016
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 47th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 04, 2015, New York, NY
Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2015, Tuesday, November 17, 2015, New York, NY
Enforcement 2016: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 03, 2016, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar 48th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 02, 2016, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 48th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 02, 2016, New York, NY
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