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Colleen P. Mahoney

Colleen P. Mahoney

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Colleen P. Mahoney heads the firm’s Securities Enforcement 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. She was named one of Law360’s “25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law” in 2016. 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 Enforcement in the Second Term of the Obama Administration," The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, February 14, 2013

"SEC Announces First Non-Prosecution Agreement in an FCPA Matter," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, May 11, 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 (1993-1994)

Colleen P. Mahoney is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters The SEC Enforcement Landscape for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers (August 1, 2016) - Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2016, Thursday, October 20, 2016
Trends in SEC Enforcement & Internal Investigations (December 9, 2015) - Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2016, Thursday, October 20, 2016
Trends in SEC Enforcement & Internal Investigations (August 12, 2016) - Securities Regulation Institute (48th Annual), Monday, November 07, 2016
Colleen P. Mahoney, Charles F. Walker, Erich T. Schwartz, Andrew M. Lawrence, Joshua A. Ellis, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates, Trends in SEC Enforcement & Internal Investigations (February 17, 2017) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Government Enforcement Priorities: What’s on the Agenda Now, and in 2017? - Securities Regulation Institute (48th Annual), Sunday, November 06, 2016
Enforcement Priorities - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
In-House Broker/Dealer Lawyer Roundtable - Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2017, Tuesday, October 17, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Government Enforcement Priorities: What’s on the Agenda Now, and in 2017? - Government Enforcement Priorities: What’s on the Agenda Now, and in 2017?, Sunday, November 06, 2016
Enforcement Priorities - Enforcement Priorities, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
In-House Broker/Dealer Lawyer Roundtable - In-House Broker/Dealer Lawyer Roundtable, Tuesday, October 17, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Government Enforcement Priorities: What’s on the Agenda Now, and in 2017? - Government Enforcement Priorities: What’s on the Agenda Now, and in 2017?, Sunday, November 06, 2016
Enforcement Priorities - Enforcement Priorities, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
In-House Broker/Dealer Lawyer Roundtable - In-House Broker/Dealer Lawyer Roundtable, Tuesday, October 17, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Securities Regulation Institute (48th Annual), Wednesday, November 09, 2016, New York, NY
Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Thursday, May 18, 2017, New York, NY
Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2017, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 2017, New York, NY
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 2017, New York, NY
Hedge and Private Fund Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, Pittsburgh, PA
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, Mechanicsburg, PA
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, Atlanta, GA
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, Philadelphia, PA
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, Indianapolis, IN
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, New Brunswick , NJ
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