Regulators Speak: Voice of the Securities Enforcement Agencies
This not-to-be missed program will delve into the issues that government enforcement agencies are focusing on, from the viewpoint of the top regulators having an impact on boards in New England. Beth Boland will moderate the conversation as panelists George Canellos, former co-Chair of the Enforcement Division of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and Paul Levenson, Director of the SEC's Boston office discuss securities enforcement issues affecting for-profit company directors.
About Our Panelists:
George S. Canellos - In his four and a half years at the SEC, George S. Canellos served most recently as co-director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement and before that, as the Enforcement Division's acting director and deputy director. In those positions, Mr. Canellos set SEC enforcement priorities and policies, and supervised the civil law enforcement efforts - including in investigations, prosecutions, and trials - of approximately 1,300 SEC personnel 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, overseeing approximately 400 professional staff of enforcement attorneys, accountants, investigators and compliance examiners responsible for enforcement investigations and actions, and compliance inspections of New York-based investment banks, investment advisers, broker-dealers, mutual funds and hedge funds. Mr. Canellos is now a partner in the New York office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and Global Head of the Litigation & Arbitration Group.
Paul Levenson was named director of the SEC's Boston Regional Office in October 2013 where he oversees enforcement and examinations in the New England region. Mr. Levenson joined the SEC from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, where he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit that is responsible for investigations and prosecutions of financial crimes. Mr. Levenson had successfully coordinated many criminal investigations with the SEC's Division of Enforcement during his tenure in the U.S. Attorney's Office. Mr. Levenson joined the U.S. Attorney's office in 1989 and served in the civil division as well as the Economic Crimes Unit and Public Corruption Unit. He had led the Economic Crimes Unit since 2007. Mr. Levenson helped lead the investigation and prosecution of white collar crimes ranging from securities fraud, foreign bribery, tax fraud, insurance fraud, bank fraud, health care fraud, official corruption, and embezzlement.
About Our Moderator:
Beth Boland is chair of Foley & Lardner’s Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practice and vice chair of the Litigation Department. Recently named one of the most “influential” attorneys in the Commonwealth by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Ms. Boland regularly represents corporations and institutional investors in connection with insider trading issues, Ponzi schemes, accounting fraud, corporate control issues, and derivative actions. Ms. Boland sits on the board of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors; she advises corporate boards and leads internal investigations and the defense of government enforcement actions involving whistleblower claims, government contracts, corporate governance issues, and disputes involving executive compensation and strategic business transactions. Earlier in her career, Ms. Boland served as a clerk to the Honorable Milton Pollack in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York while he was assigned to the Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken insider trading litigations.
Location and Time
Boston Harbor Hotel, Wharf Room
70 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02210
Program: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration Begins 30 minutes prior.