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George S. Canellos is a partner in the New York office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and Global Head of our Litigation & Arbitration Group.
Mr. Canellos represents financial institutions, public companies, asset management firms, and individuals in government investigations and contested litigation in federal and state courts, and advises clients on corporate governance and compliance with the securities and banking laws. Mr. Canellos has received national recognition and many awards for his achievements in litigation and capital markets enforcement. Praised by Chambers USA as “a tremendously talented lawyer” and “very cogent thinker” who is able to “handle difficult situations in a very calming matter,” Mr. Canellos has more than two decades of experience prosecuting and defending white collar criminal cases and civil actions arising under the securities laws, having served twice in federal law enforcement — most recently in top positions at the US Securities and Exchange Commission and earlier in his career as a federal criminal prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. In March 2014, Mr. Canellos rejoined Milbank, where he was a partner from 2003 to 2009.
At Milbank, Mr. Canellos has advised many of the nation’s leading broker-dealers, investment advisory firms, and mutual fund companies on compliance with the securities laws and the rules of self-regulatory organizations. He led the defense of clients in many of the recent headline investigations of the financial industry, including investigations of a wide variety of accounting practices; revenue-sharing and market-timing practices of mutual funds; soft-dollar and directed brokerage practices of investment advisors and broker-dealers; specialist trading on the New York Stock Exchange; revenue-sharing practices of insurance carriers and brokers; the promotion of tax shelters and strategies by securities and accounting firms, and trading and financial transactions implicating US sanctions laws. Mr. Canellos has handled many jury and non-jury trials, and briefed and argued dozens of appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and other courts of appeals.
Mr. Canellos has been recognized in Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and in International Who’s Who Legal’s listing of top business crime lawyers.
In 2016, Mr. Canellos was elected as a member of the American Law Institute. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of New York University Law School’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement, the Executive Council of the Federal Bar Association’s Securities Section, the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, and the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).
Last updated October 2018