Andy Geist represents public companies, leading financial services firms, and individuals in securities-related enforcement matters, internal investigations, and compliance matters.
Andy has successfully represented New York Stock Exchange listed companies, leading financial services firms, and individuals in investigations and litigations concerning a wide range of matters, including financial reporting, insider trading, and sales practices.
Prior to joining O’Melveny in 2000, Andy was Senior Associate Regional Director for Enforcement in the SEC’s Northeast Regional Office. In more than 12 years of service with the SEC, Andy led enforcement actions in areas such as financial fraud, insider trading, manipulation, fraudulent offerings, “Ponzi” schemes, improper broker-dealer sales practices, municipal securities fraud, net capital violations, margin lending violations, failures to supervise reasonably, and improper professional conduct by lawyers and accountants.
At the SEC, Andy worked closely with federal, state, and local prosecutors and regulators. He has provided training to business people, law enforcement agents, attorneys, and law students. Andy also trained and gave technical assistance to securities regulators from countries in Asia and Europe. He also served as legal counsel to SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro when she was a commissioner.
In 1995, Andy was the sole recipient of the Stanley Sporkin Award, which is awarded by the Chairman of the SEC in recognition of outstanding contributions to the SEC’s Enforcement program.