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Securities Law and Practice 2017: How the SEC Works


Speaker(s): Andrew J.(Buddy) Donohue, Charles F Walker, Clifford E. Kirsch, Harry Pangas
Recorded on: Oct. 27, 2017
PLI Program #: 186815

Cliff Kirsch began his career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), became chief legal officer for one of the country’s largest dually- registered broker-dealer/advisers and then joined Sutherland (now Eversheds Sutherland) in 2006. He relies on his regulatory and in- house background and an up-to-date knowledge of regulatory developments to provide practical and innovative counsel to broker-dealers and investment advisers in the areas of securities regulation and compliance.

With more than 25 years of experience, Cliff regularly counsels clients on the design and distribution of investment products including wrap-fee programs and other advisory products, mutual funds, bank collective investment funds and insurance products. He also focuses on issues related to the design and implementation of compliance programs at financial services firms.

While at the SEC, Cliff received the Manuel F. Cohen Award, which recognizes younger lawyers who have displayed outstanding legal ability, integrity and judgment and he served as assistant director of the SEC's Division of Investment Management.

Cliff is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and is the author and editor of two of the leading treatises in the broker-dealer and adviser arena: Broker-Dealer Regulation and Investment Adviser Regulation (published by the Practising Law Institute).

Cliff is also co-founder of the Julia Anne Kirsch Foundation, which seeks to serve the needs of disabled individuals and their families.

Experience

Eversheds Sutherland counsels a coalition of major life insurance companies on evolving state and federal regulations and other legal developments.

Eversheds Sutherland represents a coalition of major life insurance companies, which collectively account for more than 80% of the annuity business in the United States, in their efforts to affect the direction and details of various SEC, FINRA, CFTC, NAIC and state rule proposals and initiatives.

Eversheds Sutherland serves as outside counsel on broker-dealer and adviser regulatory issues for one of the largest independent broker-dealer networks in the country.  Eversheds Sutherland serves as regular primary outside counsel on broker-dealer and adviser regulatory issues for one of the largest independent broker-dealer networks in the country.

Eversheds Sutherland represents coalition of collective trust fund sponsors, advisers and other service providers.

Eversheds Sutherland serves as counsel to the Coalition of Collective Trust Funds. Among other things, Sutherland monitors and reports on legal and regulatory matters affecting collective trust funds.

Professional Activities

Member, New York City Bar Association

Faculty, FINRA Compliance Institute at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Former Chair, FINRA Variable Products Committee

Former Board Member, National Society of Compliance Professionals


Harry Pangas represents issuers and investment banking firms in connection with public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, including initial public offerings (IPOs), Rule 144A offerings, shelf offerings, at-the-market offerings (ATMs), registered direct offerings, high-yield bond offerings, convertible debt offerings and rights offerings.  Harry also regularly advises public companies on compliance with ongoing SEC reporting obligations and other securities laws, including Section 16(b) compliance, Rule 10b5-1 plans, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Form S-8 and proxy disclosure, as well as the corporate governance listing requirements of the national securities exchanges.

Harry previously worked at the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance in Washington, D.C.


Andrew J. Donohue, widely known as Buddy Donohue, is Of Counsel in the Investment Funds practice.

Buddy has over 40 years of experience in both senior government and private sector roles, having most recently served as SEC Chief of Staff to Chair Mary Jo White (2015-2017). He is best known for his service as Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (2006-2010) (where he was effectively the most senior regulator for the U.S. funds industry), Global General Counsel at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (2003-2006), Executive Vice President and General Counsel at OppenheimerFunds Inc. (1991 – 2001) and Investment Company General Counsel at Goldman Sachs (2012-2015).

Buddy has been an officer, director and counsel for numerous investment advisers, broker-dealers, commodity trading advisers, transfer agents and insurance companies, and has served on the boards of business development companies, registered open-end funds, closed-end funds, exchange traded funds, Cayman funds and Dublin- and Luxembourg-based UCITS. He has also served as Chairman of the ABA Investment Companies and Investment Advisers Subcommittee, and as an Editor of the ABA Guide for Fund Directors.

Buddy is an acknowledged and highly respected thought leader within the industry, having published, lectured and delivered talks on a variety of investment fund topics. He currently is also an Adjunct Professor teaching investment management law at Brooklyn Law School.


Chuck Walker is co-chair of Skadden’s Litigation Group in the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Walker has substantial experience representing individuals and corporations in investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the United States Department of Justice, and state regulatory agencies, and in conducting corporate internal investigations. He frequently represents clients in highly sensitive and complex regulatory enforcement matters such as those involving allegations of insider trading, misleading or incomplete disclosure, improper accounting and other forms of financial fraud. He also represents individual and corporate clients in parallel investigations conducted by both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the United States Department of Justice.

In addition to a number of recent corporate internal investigations on behalf of both audit committees and management, some of Mr. Walker’s notable engagements include successfully defending a bank holding company in connection with an SEC investigation of alleged financial statement fraud; the representation of a public company, its officers and employees in a concurrent SEC/U.S. Department of Justice investigation of alleged accounting fraud; and defending a foreign private issuer in a parallel SEC/U.S. Department of Justice inquiry relating to the issuer’s financial reporting and disclosure.

Mr. Walker rejoined Skadden after serving as securities commissioner for the state of Delaware from 1996 to 1999. Earlier in his career, he served as a deputy attorney general for the state of Delaware and special counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Walker is a member of the firm’s Ethics Committee. He also serves on the firm’s Client Engagement and Diversity committees.

Mr. Walker has authored numerous articles on state and federal securities law issues and is the co-author of a leading guide on SEC procedure, The SEC Enforcement Process: Practice and Procedure in Handling an SEC Investigation (Bloomberg BNA, 2014).