Andrew J. Ceresney

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Andrew J. Ceresney
Occupation Director of the Enforcement Division
Employer Securities and Exchange Commission
Location Washington, D.C.

Andrew J. Ceresney is director of the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

On December 8, 2016, the SEC announced that he would step down from that post by the end of the year.[1]


Before joining the SEC, Ceresney served as a partner in the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he was co-chair of the White Collar Group and focused on representing entities and individuals in white collar criminal and SEC investigations, complex civil litigation and internal corporate investigations.[2] At the firm, he represented Kenneth D. Lewis, the former chief executive of Bank of America who faced regulatory investigations over the bank’s takeover of Merrill Lynch during the depths of the financial crisis. He also defended JPMorgan from federal inquiries into wrongful foreclosure practices.

He served as Mary Jo White’s lieutenant as both a defense lawyer and as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan.[3]

Prior to joining Debevoise, he served as an assistant United States attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he was a Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney and a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and the Major Crimes Unit. As a prosecutor, Ceresney handled numerous white collar criminal investigations, trials and appeals, including matters relating to securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, and money laundering.

He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dennis Jacobs, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1997 to 1998. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Michael Mukasey, formerly Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1996 to 1997.[4]


Ceresney is a graduate of Columbia College and Yale Law School.