Nicholas P. Panos
Senior Special Counsel, Office of Mergers and Acquisitions, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., Colgate; M.B.A, Columbia; J.D., University of Denver
Nicholas P. Panos is a Senior Special Counsel in the Office of Mergers and Acquisitions at the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance in Washington, D.C. ...Continue Reading
Nicholas P. Panos is a Senior Special Counsel in the Office of Mergers and Acquisitions at the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities include administering and interpreting the federal regulatory provisions governing international and hostile business combinations, proxy contests for corporate control and going-private buyouts initiated by management, affiliated parties or investment funds such as the transaction undertaken in 2013 to convert Dell to private ownership. In response to the financial crisis, Mr. Panos engineered the exemptive relief granted to General Motors in 2009 and needed to assist in their attempt to buyback $28 billion in public debt. He also earned credit for helping to develop a short sale disclosure system of limited duration. For contributions relating to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, Mr. Panos became a two-time recipient of the SEC’s Law and Policy Award. He has been involved in agency rulemaking action initiated under that Act, including authoring parts of adopted reforms to the SEC proxy solicitation rules and disclosure rules applicable the use of security-based swaps by large equity holders. Mr. Panos also is a contributing author to an SEC Interpretive Release on tender offers that are not required to be filed with the SEC, such as tender offers for non-convertible debt and certain limited partnerships, and has committed to author a chapter regarding tender offer regulation under the Williams Act for an online securities regulation book published by Lexis/Nexis. Mr. Panos graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in Economics. He obtained his law degree from the University of Denver where he was a member of the Law Review and earned a research credit in a West Publishing textbook on the law governing administrative agencies. He also holds an MBA degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.