George S. Canellos is a partner in the law firm of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP and heads its litigation department. Mr. Canellos rejoined Milbank, where he had been a litigation partner from 2003 to 2009, in March 2014, following four and a half years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Until January 2014, Mr. Canellos served as Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. He previously served as the Division’s Acting Director and Deputy Director. In these positions, Mr. Canellos was responsible for helping to set enforcement priorities for the SEC and for supervising the SEC’s nationwide enforcement efforts, including investigations, legal actions, and trials, conducted by more than 1,200 SEC personnel located in 12 offices across the country. From July 2009 until May 2012, Mr. Canellos served as Director of the SEC's New York Regional Office, the largest of the SEC’s regional offices with responsibility for oversight of many of the leading broker-dealers, investment advisers, and other SEC-registered financial institutions. In that position, Mr. Canellos oversaw approximately 400 professional staff of enforcement attorneys, accountants, investigators and compliance examiners engaged in the investigation and prosecution of enforcement actions and the performance of compliance inspections in the New York region. Mr. Canellos began his career as a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. In 1994, he became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. During his nine years at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Canellos served in a number of positions, including Chief of the Major Crimes Unit, Senior Trial Counsel of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, and Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney. Mr. Canellos is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University School of Law.