At the firm, he represented the likes of Kenneth D. Lewis, former chief executive of Bank of America who faced regulatory investigations over the bank’s hasty takeover of Merrill Lynchduring the depths of the financial crisis.
Mr. Ceresney, who defended JPMorgan from federal inquiries into wrongful foreclosure practices, also worked side by side with clients under scrutiny for selling troubled mortgage securities at the height of the housing boom.”
From a New York Times article about the resume of the leading candidate to be the chief of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Ceresney will be in charge of prosecuting banks and executives that he may have previously defended.
(Source: The New York Times)
“Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the SEC in 1934 and, to the surprise of many, appointed Joseph Kennedy—a reputed bootlegger and stock speculator—to be its first chairman. On that day, the revolving door began to spin. Asked why he would appoint someone many considered to be a crook to head the SEC as its first chairman, FDR is said to have replied: ‘It takes one to catch one.’ So began the debate about the revolving door.”
If you aren’t ready to dive into the 59 pages and 274 footnotes of our recent report on the revolving door at the Securities and Exchange Commission, you can watch the 2 minute version below from The Huffington Post.
Great cartoon from Matt Wuerker at POLITICO about POGO’s recent report on the revolving door at the SEC.
A study of thousands of government records shows a pervasive culture at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the government’s top financial regulatory agency, of former SEC employees leaving the agency to go work at major banks. Former SEC employees have helped major firms secure exceptions from federal law, fight allegations of wrongdoing, and soften the blow of enforcement actions.
“The revolving door between the SEC and the firms it oversees is so pervasive that it threatens the integrity of our regulatory system,” said Michael Smallberg, the author of POGO’s new report.