AREA OF PRACTICE

White Collar Defense & Government Investigations

Biography

Alexandra Skellet is Counsel in the White Collar Defense & Government Investigations group. She focuses her practice on securities litigation and investigations, regulatory investigations and defense, internal investigations, shareholder class actions, and shareholder derivative actions.

Alexandra has represented clients across a diverse range of industries, including financial services, energy, technology, media, oil and gas, insurance, hedge funds, and bioscience. Alexandra’s regulatory experience includes matters before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, FINRA, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the New York State Attorney General.

Alexandra is also admitted to practice as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia.

Representation

A financial services company in FINRA enforcement action alleging violations of federal securities laws and FINRA Rules

A leading energy services firm in a major shareholder derivative matter involving allegations of improper accounting, FCPA violations, kickbacks, government contracting abuses, OFAC / export-control violations, environmental damage, and other misconduct

The independent directors of a hedge fund in testimony before the SEC

A Chinese multimedia company in a shareholder class action alleging securities fraud

The founder of an investment management company in multiple shareholder derivative actions and securities class action litigation

A Danish alternative energy company in securities class action

A real estate investment company in multiple SEC investigations

An investment bank in SEC and DOJ investigations concerning unique derivatives program

A leading information technology company in multiple shareholder derivative suits regarding technology, accounting, and corporate acquisition-related matters

An international oil and gas corporation in regulatory investigations and civil litigation arising out its recategorization of certain of its oil reserves

A real estate investment trust in shareholder class actions alleging violations of federal securities laws

A bioscience company in shareholder class action alleging violations of federal securities laws

A major financial services firm in a shareholder derivative investigation into its executive compensation practices

A prominent technology firm in shareholder derivative suits and in the company’s direct action against multiple former officers and directors in connection with stock-options practices

An investment bank in SEC investigation relating to alleged violations by a third party of the FCPA and alleged money-laundering activities

Various clients for counseling and training on prohibitions against insider trading

Pro bono representations including with respect to immigration, human trafficking, and protection of voting rights

Education

University of Sydney, Australia – Bachelor of Laws, First Class Honors, 1999
University of Sydney, Australia – Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences), 1997

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
New York
New South Wales (Australia)
Publications
Co-Author, “SCOTUS: State Courts Have Jurisdiction Over Class Actions Under the Securities Act of 1933,” New York Law Journal, April 25, 2018
Co-Author, “Where Nouns and Verbs Meet Ciphers and Digits: Financial Restatements,” Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor, Volume 29, Number 2 (February 2015)
Contributing Author, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Reporter (Wolters Kluwer Law and Business) (2011-2014)