Michelle N. Tanney

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Associate

New York
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Overview

With experience working at an international commodity futures exchange, Michelle Tanney brings a wealth of knowledge to her securities enforcement and litigation practice. Her involvement in regulatory compliance and disclosure informs her ability to counsel clients on a broad range of issues, including securities litigation, SEC investigations, enforcement actions and evolving financial regulations. Michelle also has in-house experience, having been seconded to a multi-billion dollar global investment firm in New York.

Applying her extensive experience and connections to her work, Michelle has a vested interest in the outcome of litigation and the resulting success of her clients, including the mitigation of financial or reputational risk.

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  • Currently involved in representing Irving H. Picard, Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, in connection with BakerHostetler’s role as court-appointed counsel.
  • Conducts independent and internal investigations for senior executives to provide recommendations relating to legal and regulatory compliance, and corporate governance.
  • Provides investment funds and managers with insight on regulatory and compliance issues, including review and analysis of corporate governance documents.
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Experience

  • Currently involved in representing Irving H. Picard, Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, in connection with BakerHostetler’s role as court-appointed counsel.
  • Conducts independent and internal investigations for senior executives to provide recommendations relating to legal and regulatory compliance, and corporate governance.
  • Provides investment funds and managers with insight on regulatory and compliance issues, including review and analysis of corporate governance documents.
  • Represents former executives of multi-million dollar healthcare company in connection with SEC investigation alleging material omissions in required disclosures and government filings.
  • Seconded to investment management company, working on structuring and offering domestic, Cayman and European (UCITS) funds; project, rebate and non-disclosure agreements; and various litigation and regulatory issues.
  • Represented retail investor in SEC investigation alleging misappropriation of funds.
  • Represented senior employee of multinational financial services company in connection with high-profile SEC enforcement action alleging insider trading.
  • Represented retail investor in a FINRA arbitration that saw a multi-million dollar award in an action against multinational brokerage firm.
  • Represented investment adviser in connection with SEC enforcement action alleging falsification of financial disclosures.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2020)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers’ Association
  • NYC Bar Association

Publications

Alerts

Articles

Pro Bono

  • Manages the firm’s pro bono cases with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, including impact litigation and matters relating to the Name Change Project that assists transgender individuals in changing their legal name to reflect their gender identity. Accepted the “Freedom Award” on behalf of the firm in 2017.
  • Successfully obtained asylum for individuals persecuted for their sexual orientation and gender identity in native country.

Prior Positions

  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange: Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs
  • The Office of Senator Charles E. Schumer: Intern 
  • The Office of Senator Barbara Boxer: Intern

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • J.D., Albany Law School, 2012, National Order of the Barristers, Moot Court Executive Board
  • M.P.S., The George Washington University, 2009
  • B.A., The George Washington University, 2006

Blog

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Blockchain Monitor
Canada's Largest Cryptocurrency Exchange Found to Have Operated Like a Ponzi Scheme
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Michelle N. Tanney
June 30, 2020
On June 11, 2020 the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), one of Canada’s provincial securities regulators, issued a report finding that QuadrigaCX (Quadriga), which went into bankruptcy a few months after founder and CEO Gerald Cotten was...
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