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U.S. SEC taps former CFTC enforcement chief as general counsel

Jan 08 2013 Compliance Complete news team

Geoffrey Aronow, the former enforcement director at the U.S. futures regulator, has been tapped to serve as the top lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the agency said on Monday. Aronow will begin serving as the SEC's general counsel later this month, succeeding Mark Cahn, who left the SEC last week. As the SEC’s chief legal officer, Mr. Aronow will lead the general counsel's office in advising the Commission on issues ranging from enforcement actions, rulemakings, and legal proceedings in federal courts, the SEC said. Aronow currently works as a partner at the law firm Bingham McCutchen, where, the SEC said, he has advised clients on matters before the SEC, CFTC, and other federal agencies as well as in litigation in federal courts and on legislative initiatives before Congress. His other legal experience includes two stints as a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP (1988-1995 and 1999-2004). He worked at Heller Ehrman LLP from 2004 to 2008. He served as the

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