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 serves the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance as a Senior Special Counsel in the Office of Mergers and Acquisitions.  His responsibilities include...

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Nicholas P. Panos serves the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance as a Senior Special Counsel in the Office of Mergers and Acquisitions.  His responsibilities include administering 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 2013 transaction undertaken to convert Dell to private ownership.  In response to the financial crisis, Mr. Panos engineered the 2009 exemptive relief granted to General Motors needed to lawfully commence their attempt to buyback $28 billion in 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. His involvement in agency rulemaking initiated under that Act includes authoring parts of reforms to the SEC proxy solicitation rules as well as disclosure rules applicable to the use of security-based swaps by large equity holders and hedging by executive officers and directors.  He routinely contributes M&A expertise to the SEC's Enforcement Division, and has been publicly credited with reinforcing several recent enforcement actions, including three taken against large beneficial owners.  Mr. Panos is a contributing author to an SEC Interpretive Release on tender offers that are not required to be filed with the SEC, such as those involving non-convertible debt.

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.