A 24-year agency veteran and senior executive in the SEC’s Corporate Finance Division, who led its M&A office, will join the national desk, bolstering the market-leading global public company M&A practice from Latham
WASHINGTON, September 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that the former Associate Chief Financial Officer of the United States Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) Michele Anderson will join the firm washington d.c. office as an associate of the National Office, a central resource for complex US securities law issues. She will join the firm after 24 years in positions of increasing responsibility in the SEC’s Corporate Finance Division, including nearly 15 years leading and then overseeing its Mergers and Acquisitions (OM&A) office. .
“Michele is one of the world’s foremost M&A regulatory lawyers. His arrival further solidifies our position as a leading law firm in the public company M&A market, and we are delighted to welcome him,” said Charles Ruck, Global Chairman of the Corporate Department of Latham & Watkins. “She will be an asset to our team and our clients in their most complex domestic and cross-border transactions, as well as to our growing number of public company clients facing shareholder activism and other complex corporate governance issues. .”
As an associate director of Corp Fin since 2015, Anderson oversaw the work of OM&A as well as the Office of International Corporate Finance (OICF) and the Office of Structured Finance. She also led the division’s regulatory initiatives and no-action, interpretation and exemption positions on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions, federal proxy rules and registration requirements, disclosure and reporting rules that apply to foreign issuers and issuers of asset-backed securities. securities. In this role, she also had overall responsibility for overseeing Corp Fin’s disclosure review program for public companies.
Prior to becoming Associate Director, Anderson served for seven years (2008-2015) as Head of OM&A. In this role, she managed SEC regulation of mergers and acquisitions transactions and the application and interpretation of SEC rules relating to takeover bids, mergers, going-private transactions, reorganizations , debt restructurings, declarations of beneficial ownership and contested and non-routine proxy solicitations.
Anderson is the latest addition to the firm’s national office. Unique to Latham, the National Office is a central resource for clear, pragmatic and action-oriented advice on US securities law. National Office Co-Chair Alex Cohen was the Deputy General Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff for the SEC who helped guide the agency’s responses to the 2008 financial crisis, and co-chair of the National Office Joel Trotter played a leading role on the IPO Task Force and was a lead author of the IPO provisions of the JOBS Act 2012.
Cohen said, “Michele is the perfect complement to our national office team and the intensely focused capabilities we offer to help guide our clients through their most challenging and complex mandates.”
Trotter added, “Michele not only brings unparalleled expertise in M&A securities regulation, but also extensive leadership and operating experience within Corp Fin. We are delighted to welcome him to the team.
Other SEC veterans who joined the national office include Paul Dudek, who led the OICF for nearly 25 years and is the world’s foremost expert on SEC regulation of non-US companies; and Marlon Pazwho served as Senior Special Counsel to the Director of the Trading and Markets Division and is a widely recognized authority on SEC regulation of broker-dealers.
“Serving 24 years at the SEC has been a tremendous privilege and honor,” Anderson said. “I am delighted to add my knowledge and experience to Latham’s talented roster, and joining the national office is an exciting opportunity. I look forward to joining a team of problem solvers who strive to help customers to meet their toughest securities law challenges.”
Anderson will join the firm in mid-October. She got her JD and BA, magna cum laudefrom University of Colorado Boulder, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law, where she taught the course on Takeovers, Mergers and Acquisitions.
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