The Securities and Exchange Commission has appointed Geoffrey Aronow general counsel, where he will serve as the agency’s chief legal officer and advise the commission on enforcement actions, rulemaking and federal court cases.
The SEC said Aronow, a partner in the Washington office of law firm Bingham McCutchen LLP since September 2008, will start his new job later in January and succeeds Mark Cahn, who left the agency last week.
Aronow’s previous federal service includes serving as head of enforcement at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission between September 1995 and June 1999, where he worked with law enforcement and regulatory authorities at the federal, state and local levels.
He oversaw investigations, recommendations of action to the commission and litigation in federal court or administrative proceedings.
“I’m truly honored to re-enter public service as the general counsel at an agency with such a storied history and critical mission of investor protection and effective market oversight,” Aronow said. “It is humbling to lead a dedicated staff of so many talented and distinguished lawyers in the Office of the General Counsel, and I look forward to working with them closely as we provide the wisest advice possible to Chairman Walter, the other commissioners and agency staff.”
At Bingham McCutchen, Aronow advised clients on matters before the SEC, CFTC and other federal agencies as well as in litigation in federal courts and on legislative matters before Congress.
He also served two stints as a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, the first between 1988 and 1995 and again between 1999 and 2004.
Aronow worked at Heller Ehrman LLP from 2004 to 2008.