Noreen Kelly Partner

Noreen is the Managing Partner of the New York office and a part of the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. As a member Financial Services Litigation Department, Noreen focuses her practice on commercial litigation and regulatory enforcement matters in the securities and financial services space.

Noreen has represented a variety of clients – financial institutions, broker dealers, investment advisors, and other businesses – facing regulatory and criminal investigations by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, as well as state attorneys general. She has conducted internal investigations on behalf of major investment banks, audit committees and other entities involving allegations of securities fraud or other violations of securities rules and regulations, accounting fraud, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and embezzlement. She also regularly represents individuals (traders, bankers, and other executives) facing regulatory scrutiny or who are required to provide testimony.

She also represents clients in complex litigation, typically in parallel with related investigations, in state and federal courts, including in bankruptcy courts.

Experience

Represented financial services firm with respect to internal and external investigations, as well as resultant civil litigation in California state court, involving senior financial advisors accused of forgery, unauthorized trading, and bank fraud.

Represented broker dealer with respect to wide-ranging internal investigations and regulatory disclosure of errors in the firm’s securities trading reports, including with respect to blue sheets and FINRA’s Order Audit Trail System (OATS).

Represented retail bank in AAA arbitration related to allegations that the firm had converted certificates of deposit of high net worth clients.

Represented investment bank in an internal review and disclosure to the SEC and FINRA related to allegations that CLO, TruPS, and ABS CDO traders, engaged in misconduct such as front running, mis-marking of trading book, inappropriate proprietary trading post-Volcker, and inappropriate mark-ups of positions sold to clients.

Represented financial advisor in federal court with respect to claims of breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract made by the Government of the US Virgin Islands in connection with a municipal securities issuance.

Represented issuer and underwriter in New York state court with respect to multiple claims by monoline insurers for breach of contract, indemnity and reimbursement related to residential mortgage-backed securities offerings.

Represented investment bank and certain of its employees in connection with multiple investigations by DOJ, SEC, NCUA, FINRA, and various state AGs, regarding issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities.

Represented a public company director, CEO of a public company and CEO of a private entity in connection with insider trading investigations by the SEC and the DOJ. Representations resulted in declination, judgment of acquittal, and deferred prosecution, respectively.

Represented a major financial institution in connection with multiple investigations of potential bribery associated with bond offerings in Latin America. Matter resulted in declination by the DOJ and the SEC with respect to the institution.

Represented an audit committee of US public company in connection with internal investigations of alleged FCPA and money laundering violations by employees of one of its foreign subsidiaries.

Represented New York-based private equity fund in lawsuits and proceedings pending in New York and Florida state courts as well as bankruptcy court, related to the fund’s efforts to recover losses from executives of a failed portfolio company.

Represented private equity funds in connection with investigations by the SEC, the New Mexico attorney general, and the North Carolina attorney general into the use of placement agents to solicit investments from public retirement funds.

Represented a federal savings bank in an adversary proceeding in SDNY bankruptcy court brought by a federally-sponsored home loan bank, or constructive trust and unjust enrichment, to recover $41.5 million deposited with certain entities as collateral for a derivative transaction. Successfully moved for summary judgment with respect to all claims by the home loan bank against the savings bank.

Represented entities associated with a global financial services firm in SDNY bankruptcy court in moving to dismiss a complaint in an adversary proceeding by a home warranties company challenging the entities’ right to foreclose on approximately $80 million of “repo” collateral prior to the home warranties company’s bankruptcy.

  • New York University School of Law, JD, 1998
  • The University of Texas at Austin, BA, Philosophy, cum laude, 1995

Board Member, The Board For Modern Courts, 2018-present

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Selected by the New York Law Journal as a 2018 Distinguished Leader

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Financial Services Regulation: Banking - Enforcement & Investigations, New York, Chambers USA, 2017

Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award, 2013

Thurgood Marshall Award for Capital Representation, New York City Bar Association, 2008

Burton Award for Effective Legal Writing, 2005

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