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Andrew J. Melnick

Aretec Group, Inc.
Chief Litigation Counsel
New York, NY, USA


Mr. Melnick is a highly experienced securities litigator, regulatory attorney and compliance advisor to a wide array of financial services firms.  A NY Metro Super Lawyer, he regularly represents and advises broker-dealers, investment advisors, investment banks and asset managers and their executive management, boards and employees in complex litigations and arbitrations,  internal investigations, regulatory inquiries, employment matters, and compliance reviews.

Most recently, Mr. Melnick served as Chief Litigation Counsel at RCS Capital Corporation (now Aretec Group, Inc.), where he oversaw all litigations, investigations, and regulatory inquiries and related activities at RCS Capital Corporation, a NYSE-listed firm, and its affiliates, which had interests in sponsors and managers of alternative investments, wholesale brokerage distribution, investment banking, transfer agent operations, and the Cetera Financial Group independent broker-dealer network of over 9100 registered representatives.

From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Melnick was a partner in the New York law firm of Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP, where he concentrated his practice on litigations, arbitrations and investigations involving financial services firms, including investment banks, broker-dealers, investment advisors, commercial banks and hedge funds.  Many of Mr. Melnick’s litigation engagements during this time involved complex structured products and the impact of the credit crisis.  He also successfully defended broker-dealers in multiple employment matters, conducted confidential internal investigations and assisted firms in responding to regulatory inquiries.

Prior to Schindler Cohen, Mr. Melnick was Deputy General Counsel, Head of Retail Litigation at UBS Financial Services, where he had management responsibility for all litigations and arbitrations arising from the business activities of the U.S. broker-dealer/wealth management arm of UBS AG.  He also served as Senior Counsel on a Zurich-based UBS team, reporting directly to the Global General Counsel, with responsibility for assessing the impact of emerging and immediate regulatory, legal and ethical risks of strategic relevance to UBS’ businesses worldwide.

Mr. Melnick began his career at Kaye Scholer in New York, where he was an associate and counsel in the firm’s Litigation Department, focusing on financial services, complex commercial, and bankruptcy litigation.

Mr. Melnick is a graduate of Hamilton College and a cum laude graduate of The Boston University School of Law, where he was Articles Editor of The Law Review.

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