George S. Canellos was named Deputy Director of the Division of Enforcement. Canellos has been Director of the New York Regional Office since July 2009. In that position, he oversaw enforcement attorneys, accountants, investigators and compliance examiners involved in the investigation and prosecution of enforcement actions and the performance of compliance inspections in the New York region. The New York office has responsibility for the largest concentration of SEC-registered financial institutions including more than 4,000 investment banks, investment advisers, broker-dealers, mutual funds and hedge funds.
A former federal prosecutor, Canellos became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York in 1994. During his nine years there, Canellos served in a number of positions including Chief of the Major Crimes Unit, Senior Trial Counsel of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, and Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney.
Following his service at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and immediately prior to assuming his position at the SEC, Canellos served more than six years as a litigation partner at the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. He began his legal career as a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University School of Law.
Canellos will begin serving as Deputy Director on June 4, 2012, at which time Andrew Calamari will become Acting Director of the New York Regional Office. Calamari is currently Senior Associate Regional Director and co-head of Enforcement for the New York Regional Office and has served in that position since 2004. Before coming to the SEC in 2000, Calamari was engaged in private law practice for nearly 15 years, including as a litigation partner at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine. He is a 1985 graduate of Fordham Law School.
Please note that Mr. Canellos will speak at a city bar event in New York on May 14, 2012.
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