Overview

Mary Hansen co-leads the firm’s white collar defense & investigations practice team. Applying insight from years as a supervisor in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement, Mary defends clients in connection with government investigations and white collar criminal proceedings. She counsels investment advisers, broker dealers, financial services industry clients, and public and private companies in federal and state regulatory investigations and leads internal corporate investigations involving potential violations of federal securities law and other executive or employee misconduct. Mary also counsels clients with respect to compliance policies, procedures and strategies.

After law school, Mary clerked for the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. 

Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers

Mary defends investment advisers, broker-dealers and other financial services companies and their registered representatives and associated persons facing investigations by authorities, including the SEC, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the National Futures Association (NFA), state securities commissions, attorneys general and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Mary has secured favorable results for clients and termination of investigations into insider trading, pay-to-play, omissions and other allegations related to mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and real estate investment trusts.

Public and Private Companies

Mary counsels and represents public companies, their governing boards, officers and other employees in connection with regulatory and criminal investigations. She helps companies respond to probes related to accounting and financial fraud, internal controls, disclosures, SEC registration issues, and books and records violations. She also counsels private companies in connection with SEC investigations of securities offerings and public disclosures.

Internal Investigations and Compliance

Mary conducts internal investigations for a range of clients. She also advises on compliance issues, from policy assessment and implementation to responding to investigative notices.

In addition to experience at the SEC, Mary previously worked as a certified securities professional, handling audits and compliance at a multinational broker-dealer.

Representative Experience

Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers

  • Representation of investment advisers to pooled investment vehicles, including hedge funds and private equity funds, and associated individuals in connection with SEC insider trading investigations
  • Representation of registered investment advisers in connection with “Pay-to-Play” investigations being conducted by the SEC
  • Representation of a registered investment adviser to a family of mutual funds with respect to a “distribution in guise” investigation conducted by the SEC’s Asset Management Unit; obtained a termination letter from the SEC
  • Representation of a “Robo” adviser with respect to an SEC investigation regarding potential misrepresentations and omissions to clients and investors; obtained a termination letter from the SEC
  • Representation of registered investment advisers in connection with third-party subpoenas issued in a civil investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and an SEC investigation involving foreign currency trading
  • Representation of a registered investment adviser in connection with an investigation by the SEC involving the calculation of management fees and expenses
  • Representation of former general counsel of publicly traded real estate investment trust in SEC investigation regarding various disclosure issues
  • Representation of a registered investment adviser in connection with “Pay-to-Play” investigation being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania involving payments to several PA Treasurers
  • Representation of an individual in insider trading investigation by the SEC and DOJ involving several layers of tipping. Obtained a declination letter from DOJ

 CFTC and NFA Investigations

  • Representation of U.S.-based and U.K.-based individuals and registered investment advisers in connection with NFA and CFTC investigations
  • Representation of a former trader charged in a market manipulation action filed by the CFTC
  • Representation of an individual in connection with a CFTC investigation focused on foreign currency trading in a pooled investment vehicle

FINRA Enforcement Investigations

  • Representation of registered representatives in connection with FINRA investigations involving issues such as selling-away, potential conflicts of issues, and non-reporting of felony convictions

Public Companies and their Officers, Directors and Employees

  • Representation of former CFO of a public company in connection with an SEC investigation focused on revenue recognition related to sales of software, hardware, and professional services
  • Representation of a public company in an SEC investigation focused on accounting for, and disclosure of, certain intercompany accounts receivable; obtained a termination letter from the SEC
  • Representation of a former CEO of a microcap public company in connection with SEC and DOJ investigations regarding the manipulation of the company’s stock as well as misleading and false statements in public filings
  • Representation of a former CEO of a public company in connection with an SEC investigation involving potential misrepresentations and omissions in public filings, press releases and earnings calls
  • Representation of a bank officer in connection with an SEC investigation involving its accounting and internal controls relating to loan loss reserves for commercial loans, its public disclosures regarding loan loss reserves
  • Representation of a former CEO of a public issuer domiciled in Greece in market manipulation actions charged by the SEC and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Representation of securities lawyer specializing in providing services to microcap companies in connection with investigations by the SEC and DOJ; DOJ did not take any action

Private Companies

  • Representation of a Nevada-based trust company being investigated by the SEC in connection with certain private offerings of securities
  • Representation of a third-party service provider to hedge funds and private equity funds in connection with an SEC investigation regarding a registered investment adviser’s disclosure of fees.
  • Resulted in no action being taken against the service provider
  • Representation of a commercial lender in connection with an SEC investigation regarding the offer and sale of promissory notes and related disclosures regarding the use of sales proceeds
  • Representation of a sponsor of an EB-5 Visa program in connection with an SEC investigation focused on disclosures to investors and potential investors; obtained a termination letter from the SEC

Internal Investigations

  • Conducted, on behalf of a pharmaceutical company, an internal investigation involving potential unlawful insider trading by a senior executive as well as potential whistleblower and retaliation claims
  • Conducted, on behalf of a pharmaceutical company, an internal investigation involving allegations of wrongful termination based on certain conflicts of interest
  • Representation of a major public university in an ongoing internal investigation involving allegations of sexual misconduct by a professor

Compliance and Consulting Representations

  • Counsel registered investment advisers in connection with SEC regulatory examinations regarding appropriate strategies to avoid significant deficiencies and enforcement referrals
  • Counsel clients in assessing and revising policies, procedures, processes, and controls in connection with the complex and often overlapping regulatory requirements under which registered investment advisers and broker-dealers operate
  • Counsel clients with respect to FCPA compliance, including policies and procedures. Advise boards of directors of registered investment companies with regard to SEC issues
  • Counsel insurance companies in connection with responding to NYDFS Section 308 investigative notices seeking to confirm compliance with OFAC sanction rules

Engagements while at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

  • Led investigations involving best execution violations involving the execution of riskless principal transactions that resulted in several major broker-dealers settling with the SEC
  • Led an investigation involving undisclosed markups and markdowns on an international broker-dealers retail trading desk which resulted in civil and criminal charges being filed against three traders
  • Led an investigation that resulted in the SEC charging the State of New Jersey with securities fraud based upon misrepresentations and omissions in the State’s pension funding obligations for its two largest pension funds in connection with billions of dollars on municipal bond offerings
  • Conducted and led multiple insider trading investigations that led to significant filings by the SEC and parallel criminal charges
  • Conducted and led investigations involving Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations that resulted in the filing of civil and criminal charges
  • Conducted and led numerous investigations involving offering frauds and Ponzi schemes which resulted in the filing of civil and criminal charges
  • Conducted and led several investigations involving organized market manipulation schemes by multiple individuals and entities located throughout the world which resulted in the filing of civil and criminal charges

Credentials

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
New York
Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Certifications
Previously held securities licensing, Series 3, 5, 7, 8, 15, and 65 examinations
Education

St. John's University School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude

University at Albany, State University of New York
B.A.

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Council of Counsels

Professional Associations

  • Irish American Business Chamber & Network — Membership Committee
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association — Sponsorship Committee

Firm Leadership

  • Co-Leader, Corporate Investigations & Government Enforcement Practice Team 
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Co-Chair, White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations; Audit Committee

Honors

  • Philadelphia Business Journal — Best of the Bar Award, 2018
  • Top Irish Legal 100, October 2019
  • National Law Review — Go-To Thought Leader, December 2019

Awards Methodology

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