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Mark K. Schonfeld Named Associate Director of the Commission's Northeast Regional Office



Washington, D.C., January 10, 2001 – Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt today named Mark K. Schonfeld Associate Director of the Commission's Northeast Regional Office (NERO). As Associate Director, Mr. Schonfeld will serve as one of the senior officials in the office and will help plan and direct the enforcement program of the region.

SEC Enforcement Director Richard H. Walker said, "Mark brings considerable intellectual firepower and good judgment to this important position. I am confident that the NERO will continue to flourish with Mark co-heading its enforcement program."

Wayne M. Carlin, Director of the Northeast Regional Office, said, "Mark is an extraordinarily talented lawyer and a strong advocate for the rights of investors. The enforcement program will benefit from his experience and wisdom. I know that Mark will continue to battle securities fraud as tenaciously as he has in the past."

Mr. Schonfeld has been an attorney with the Division of Enforcement since 1996. Most recently he served as Assistant Regional Director in the Northeast Regional Office. In that capacity, Mr. Schonfeld has been responsible for several important Commission enforcement actions. Mr. Schonfeld was a principal attorney on the successful effort to put an end to a four-year "Ponzi" scheme that had been conducted by American Freedom Securities in Rochester, New York, and recovered more than $4 million for investors. Mr. Schonfeld was chiefly responsible for SEC v. Schuster, a recent case arising from an undercover investigation by the FBI, against a defendant charged with attempting to bribe an employee of a prominent Manhattan law firm to obtain confidential information on upcoming mergers. Mr. Schonfeld has also brought several significant cases in the areas of Internet securities fraud, offering fraud, accounting fraud, and fraud by broker-dealers and investment advisers.

Before joining the Commission staff, Mr. Schonfeld was a litigation associate with Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston. Mr. Schonfeld also served as a law clerk to Hon. Ellsworth A. Van Graafeiland on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Schonfeld, 38, received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1988 and his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Rochester in 1984.