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Celeste Koeleveld has more than 25 years of experience in government enforcement, regulatory and civil litigation matters that span federal, state and local government in the United States. During her career, she has held senior positions in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and the New York City Law Department. Ms Koeleveld represents clients, both corporates and individuals, with regulatory compliance, internal investigations and all phases of civil, criminal and regulatory litigation, from inception through the appellate process. Her significant government experience imparts a particularly insightful perspective to her advice and counsel in enforcement and regulatory matters.
Prior to joining Clifford Chance, Ms Koeleveld served as General Counsel at DFS, where she handled a broad spectrum of regulatory and enforcement actions, including disciplinary and enforcement proceedings. In addition, Ms Koeleveld served for 17 years in SDNY, rising to Chief of the Criminal Division, where she led a team of more than 160 Assistant US Attorneys and oversaw all criminal investigations and prosecutions. Ms Koeleveld also served for eight years as Executive Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department, providing legal advice to city agencies responding to government investigations from a variety of federal, state and local prosecutors and investigative bodies.
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