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Celeste Murphy

US Securities and Exchange Commission
Legal Branch Chief
Washington, DC, USA


Celeste M. Murphy

Celeste M. Murphy is the Legal Branch Chief in the Office of Telecommunications, Division of Corporation Finance, at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission where she supervises a staff of attorneys and other professionals in their review of the federal securities law filings, including registration statements, periodic reports and proxy materials, by companies in the telecommunications, online advertising services and media industries.  Prior to her current position, Ms. Murphy worked in a variety of positions at the SEC, including as Special Counsel in the Office of Mergers and Acquisitions responsible for the regulation of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and the statutory and regulatory interpretive functions of the SEC as they relate to tender offers, mergers, contested and other non-routine proxy solicitations, going private transactions, reorganizations, debt restructurings and beneficial ownership reporting.  Ms. Murphy serves on the SEC's Cross-Border Investigation Working Group that focuses on companies with substantial foreign operations that are publicly traded in the U.S.

Ms. Murphy is a member of the New York State Bar.  She is a board member of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, serving on the Governance Committee and as the WBA board liaison to the Government Attorneys Forum.

Ms. Murphy joined the SEC in 2001 and worked before that as an associate in the Business Finance and Restructuring Department of Weil, Gotshal and Manges in New York City, after receiving her B.A. from New York University and her Juris Doctorate from the State University of New York Buffalo Law School.

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