Alexander Janghorbani

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Liberty Street 1
New York 10006 NY US

Alexander Janghorbani’s practice focuses on complex securities issues, litigation and enforcement, informed by nearly nine years of service with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

From 2008 through 2016, Alex served on the investigative staff and as a senior litigator in the SEC’s New York Regional Office. During that time, he litigated high-profile and national-priority cases, including one of the few jury trials to come out of the 2008 financial crisis, and undertook major investigations such as one of the SEC’s largest-ever Foreign Corrupt Practices Act actions.

From 2010 through 2016, Alex served as Senior Trial Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. In that role, he was lead counsel on multiple trials and hearings in U.S. district courts and SEC administrative proceedings. Alex was responsible for leading the SEC’s enforcement efforts in cases involving market manipulation, insider trading, accounting fraud, false disclosure and offering frauds.

In particular, his practice focused on the investment adviser space, bringing actions involving mutual funds, hedge funds and individual investment advisers for undisclosed conflicts of interest, false and misleading statements concerning assets under management, undisclosed revenue-sharing arrangements, client favoritism, and misleading advertising.

While at the SEC, Alex also handled many other investigative matters, including significant FCPA cases, actions against broker-dealers for violations of antifraud and registration provisions, unregistered securities offerings, and other fraud and regulatory matters.

In his cases, Alex worked closely with attorneys from SEC investigative units, including the Asset Management Unit and Market Abuse Unit, as well as attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Fraud Section, various U.S. Attorney’s offices, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and foreign securities regulators.

Alex joined the firm in 2003, left to join the SEC in 2007 and returned to the firm as a senior attorney in 2017.


  • Petrobras in parallel DOJ/SEC and class action matters arising out of investigations of corruption in contracting by the Brazilian prosecutors.
  • ING in investigation and settlement with NYSE concerning ADR trading.
  • OPKO Health, Inc. in SEC enforcement action, a number of securities class actions, and shareholder derivative actions concerning an alleged pump-and-dump scheme involving investments made by the company, its CEO, and certain other entities and individuals.
  • Fortune 100 company in connection with SEC accounting fraud investigation.
  • Fortune 100 company in connection with SEC investigation of Regulation FD disclosures.
  • Registered investment adviser to a private fund in connection with an SEC investigation into valuation and disclosure issues.


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2003
  • Wheaton College, B.A., 1997


  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


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