Welcome the New Director of New York Regional Office- Antonia M. Apps
Antonia M. Apps, a former federal prosecutor, will take over as Regional Director of the New York Regional Office starting the first of next month, according to an announcement made today by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Those individuals, Thomas Smith and Maurya Keating, who have been serving as Acting Co-Directors will continue to serve as Associate Regional Directors of the Examinations program and the Enforcement program, respectively.
Previously, Ms. Apps held the position of Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York. In this role, she was responsible for investigating and prosecuting cases of securities fraud involving hedge funds, networking firms, broker-dealers, public companies, and banks.
Gary Gensler, Chair of the SEC, said that Antonio brings a significant amount of experience to the SEC’s New York Regional Office. “I am delighted by her decision to become a member of the SEC, and I eagerly anticipate our future collaboration. In addition, I would like to express my gratitude to Thomas Smith and Maurya Keating for their work in this office in the capacity of acting co-directors.”
Antonio’s varied experience as a securities fraud prosecutor, civil litigator, and leader among the bar will serve her well as she assumes leadership of our New York Regional Office, according to Gurbir Grewal, the Director of Enforcement for the SEC. “Antonia’s background will serve her well as she assumes leadership of our New York Regional Office,” said Grewal.
“Not only will the wonderful staff in New York benefit from her leadership and experience, but so will the rest of the Commission as a whole. I can’t wait to see everything that she will be able to achieve in her new position.”
Richard R. Best, Director of the SEC’s Division of Examinations, remarked that Antonia is an exceptional litigator who brings a depth of experience, talent, and skill to the SEC. “Antonia brings a depth of experience, talent, and skill to the SEC,” Best said. “Antonia has shown throughout the course of her career that she is tenacious, skilled, and committed to protecting investors and strengthening compliance in the securities industry. I am thrilled to learn that she will be in charge of the testing programs at the office.”
Ms. Apps had this to say about her new position: “I am thrilled to lead the SEC’s New York Regional Office as its Director, and I look forward to the privilege of working alongside the talented staff to advance the agency’s mission of protecting investors and maintaining confidence in the capital markets.
Ms. Apps will be in charge of leading a team that includes more than 380 attorneys, accountants, investigators, securities compliance examiners, and other personnel across the states of New York and New Jersey who are involved in the prosecution of enforcement actions and the performance of compliance examinations.
Ms. Apps is currently a litigation partner in the New York office of Milbank LLP, where she focuses on working on civil and criminal litigation, as well as regulatory and administrative matters. Additionally, she is a professor at Harvard Law School, where she instructs students on white-collar criminal law and procedure. In the beginning of her career, Ms. Apps worked as an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobsen LLP in New York and as a partner at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick PLLC in Washington, District of Columbia. Both of these firms are law firms.
She served as a judicial intern at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit under the direction of the Honorable Fred I. Parker. Ms. Apps has a law degree from the University of Sydney, in addition to degrees from Oxford University and Harvard University.
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