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SEC names head of Boston office

The Securities and Exchange Commission appointed Paul Levenson, an assistant US attorney, as the new head of its Boston office.

Levenson is currently chief of the Economic Crimes Unit at the US attorney’s office for the District of Massachusetts. He will join the SEC in late October, succeeding David Bergers, who left in May for a job in the private sector.

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“Paul has served with great distinction as a supervisor and prosecutor of securities and other white-collar cases,” said George S. Canellos, codirector of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. “We are thrilled that he will be bringing his formidable legal skills, vast experience, and judgment to the SEC as leader of our Boston regional office.”

Levenson has coordinated criminal cases with the SEC’s civil investigations during his tenure, the SEC said. He joined the US attorney’s office in 1989 and served in the civil division and the Economic Crimes Unit, which he has led since 2007. There, he helped investigate and prosecute white-collar crimes including securities fraud, tax and bank frauds, and corruption.

Levenson earned his bachelor’s degree and his law degree from Harvard University. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Stanley A. Weigel of the US District Court in San Francisco.

Beth Healy can be reached at Beth.Healy@globe.com
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