According to recent reports, Andrew J. Ceresney, is the leading prospect for in-coming SEC Commissioner Mary Jo White’s enforcement chief. Mr. Ceresney served as Ms. White’s lieutenant as both a defense lawyer and as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan.
However, Ms. White, who has a Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday the 12th, must first confront questions about her ties to Wall Street, and Mr. Ceresney will likely heighten such scrutiny since he also has ties to Wall Street firms.
Mr. Ceresney’s potential arrival also coincides with the tenure of another protege of Ms. White, George Canellos, who became the SEC’s interim enforcement chief last month.
Colleagues of Mr. Ceresney note that he “is a brilliant lawyer that, unlike Mr. Khuzami (past SEC enforcement chief), he is not an imposing figure. One former colleague described him as “short in stature but long on brains.”
Jason Doss is the owner of The Doss Firm, LLC, an Atlanta-based law firm devoted to representing consumers across the country in a variety of areas including investment disputes and consumer class action litigation. Mr. Doss earned his J.D. from Florida State University in 2002 and his B.A. from the University of Florida in 1997.