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Andrew Calamari, the former head of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s New York Regional Office, will join Finn Dixon & Herling LLP’s practice groups in government and internal investigations, litigation and investment advisors/broker-dealers in the new year.

Calamari, head of the SEC’s New York office for the past five years, announced in September that he was leaving the Commission after 17 years.

He will join Finn Dixon’s Stamford, Connecticut, office on Jan. 15.

Michael Herling, administrative partner of Finn Dixon, said in a statement that Calamari “is highly respected for his knowledge and judgment in the field of securities law, and he brings a wealth of experience in SEC enforcement and regulation to our practice.”

“The breadth and depth of the firm’s practice in both regulatory and white-collar matters provide the perfect fit for my background in securities enforcement and broker-dealer and investment advisor compliance,” added Calamari.

Calamari also was one of the inaugural co-chairs of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Broker-Dealer Task Force, a national task force formed in late 2013 to focus on current issues and practices within the broker-dealer community and to develop national initiatives for investigations.

Calamari began his SEC career in 2000 as an enforcement attorney, ultimately rising to lead the SEC’s New York office, which has responsibility for the largest concentration of SEC-registered financial institutions including more than 4,000 investment banks, investment advisors, broker-dealers, mutual funds and hedge funds. 

Before joining the SEC, he served as a law clerk to Judge John M. Cannella, U.S. district judge for the Southern District of New York, and then spent nearly 15 years in private law practice, including as a litigation partner at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine.

Calamari is a graduate of Fordham Law School (J.D. 1985, cum laude) and the Fordham University College of Business Administration (B.S. 1982).  He is admitted to practice law in New York, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.