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Anthony Antonelli

Anthony Antonelli

Paul Hastings LLP

New York, NY, USA

Anthony Antonelli is a senior associate in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. He concentrates his practice on the representation of individuals and entities in regulatory enforcement and white collar criminal matters before the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), state attorneys general offices, FINRA, and other federal and state agencies. In addition, he has conducted a variety of internal investigations, including those involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), kickbacks and accounting irregularities.

Mr. Antonelli also has broad-based experience representing clients in a variety of complex civil litigation matters, including those involving securities, derivative products and other financial instruments. He has handled cases involving a wide array of substantive legal issues, including breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, breach of contract, as well as federal and state securities laws.

Recent Representations

  • An investment advisor and leading collateral manager in connection with regulatory inquiries involving the underwriting, structuring, marketing, and sale of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and collateralized loan obligations (CLOs)
  • A chief compliance officer in connection with an investigation by FINRA involving Rule 105 of Regulation M
  • A real estate investment firm in an investigation by the Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of the Inspector General
  • A state investment office managing more than $20 billion in assets in connection with federal "pay-to-play" investigations concerning the role of placement agents in various hedge fund, private equity, public equity, and real estate investments made by the state
  • Various corporate executives at a number of different financial institutions in connection with federal and state investigations involving CDOs, residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and other securitizations
  • A financial institution, various corporate executives and a securities analyst in a series of unrelated insider trading investigations by the DOJ and SEC
  • Various corporate executives of an investment technology and services company in connection with investigations by the DOJ and SEC involving trade execution practices
  • A major financial institution in connection with a series of criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations into the underwriting, marketing, and sale of auction rate securities
  • A former chief executive officer in connection with civil and criminal matters involving finite reinsurance transactions
  • A global pharmaceutical company in an internal investigation relating to sales and marketing practices in China
  • A global biotechnology company in an internal investigation relating to revenue recognition practices
  • A major telecommunications company in connection with an SEC inquiry arising from financial restatements
  • An employee of a major auto parts manufacturer in connection with anti-trust investigations by the DOJ and foreign regulators
  • A financial institution and its board of directors in connection with a purported class action arising from a bank merger
  • A worldwide apparel company and its board of directors in connection with a purported class action arising from the $2.9B acquisition of the company
  • A financial services company and its officers and directors in purported securities class actions and derivative litigation

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Recognized by the Legal Aid Society in 2009 for outstanding service in representing more than a dozen pro bono clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area in litigation involving subsidized housing and the anti-discrimination provisions of certain local laws
  • Recognized by the New York State Bar Association in 2007 and 2008 as "Empire State Counsel"

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • "The Latest Life Sciences Company To Make FCPA Headlines," Law360, November 13, 2014
  • "Liability for Securities Law Violations," Practising Law Institute, 2011-2014
  • "Wiretaps Meet Privileged Conversations," The New York Law Journal (White-Collar Crime), July 12, 2010
  • "An Analysis of Protocols for Searches of Electronic Records Announced by the Ninth Circuit in United States v. Comprehensive Drug Testing," Bloomberg Law Reports—Privacy & Information, May 3, 2010

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Admitted to the Bar in New York and New Jersey
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey
  • Member of the Federal Bar Council
  • Member of the American Bar Association and the Securities Fraud Subcommittee of the ABA Business Law Section's White-Collar Crime Committee


  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 2006 (cum laude). Associate Managing Editor for the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. CALI Award Recipient for excellence in Federal Practice, Pre-Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy
  • Manhattan College, B.S., 2003 (summa cum laude)

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