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Ceresney, ex-SEC enforcement chief, rejoins Debevoise & Plimpton

Andrew J. Ceresney, a former director of enforcement for the SEC, will return to law firm Debevoise & Plimpton as co-chair of the litigation department. In this position, which he will assume in early March 2017, Ceresney will practice mostly in the white collar and regulatory defense group.

Ceresney will join Mary Beth Hogan as co-chair of the litigation department and succeed John S. Kiernan, who was named president of the New York City Bar Association last year.

At Debevoise & Plimpton, Ceresney is expected to handle internal corporate probes and complex civil litigation.

Ceresney served at the SEC from April 2013 to December 2016. Prior to that, Ceresney was a co-chair at Debevoise & Plimpton’s white collar and regulatory defense group.

At the law firm, Ceresney’s most notable cases included negotiating the well-known $25 billion national mortgage settlement among the federal government, 49 state attorneys general and some of the country’s largest banks.

His practice also involved cases involving securities-related and money-laundering matters for financial institutions and investigations relating to accounting fraud, valuation issues, insider trading and disclosure issues.

Before joining Debevoise in 2003, Ceresney was deputy chief appellate attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Photo: Andrew Ceresney. Courtesy of Debevoise & Plimpton