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Global Capital Markets & the U.S. Securities Laws 2018


Speaker(s): Alexandre L. Ibrahim, Alison M. Fuller, Barbara A. Stettner, Carol McGee, David M. Lynn, Elizabeth Figgie, Gregory P. Rodgers, Guilaine Saroul, Joan E. McKown, Joseph P. Babits, Keir D. Gumbs, Linda Chatman Thomsen, Michael D. Coco, Michael D. Mann, Nicolas Grabar, Paul M. Dudek, Rani Doyle
Recorded on: Apr. 18, 2018
PLI Program #: 220312

Michael Coco is Chief of the Office of International Corporate Finance (OICF) in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  A member of OICF since 2002, Mr. Coco’s work includes representing the Division on the International Organization of Securities Commissions’ (IOSCO) Committee on Issuer Accounting, Audit and Disclosure. He has spoken on SEC developments in international corporate finance at a number of international conferences and has provided foreign governments with technical assistance on securities regulation. Mr. Coco joined the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance in 1998.

Before joining the SEC, Mr. Coco worked in Moscow as a consultant in the defense sector. He previously worked with the European Parliament in Brussels, and edited a book on European military involvement in post-colonial Africa. He is fluent in French and Italian.

Mr. Coco is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law. He received his B.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, an M.A. from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a certificate in political studies from SciencesPo (Paris).


ALISON M. FULLER (B.A. 1985, Williams College; J.D. 1991, Georgetown University) is a partner in Stradley Ronon’s Investment Management Practice Group.  Ms. Fuller regularly represents investment advisers, investment companies and their independent trustees.  Prior to joining Stradley Ronon, Ms. Fuller served for ten years in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management, including eight years as Assistant Chief Counsel.  At the SEC, Ms. Fuller and her staff developed a number of key positions relating to the investment management industry.  During that time, she received an award for supervisory excellence and Capital Markets Awards as a member of the Asset-Backed Securities Rulemaking Team, and as a member of the September 11, 2001 Recovery Team.  Ms. Fuller continues to focus her practice on complex securities law issues, including as counsel to the independent directors and trustees overseeing a number of prominent mutual fund complexes.  Ms. Fuller has been included in Best Lawyers in America for her work in mutual fund law and has been recognized by Chambers USA for her work with registered funds.  Ms. Fuller is a member of the Board of Directors of Stradley Ronon.


Barbara Stettner is a member of A&O’s global Financial Services Regulatory practice and managing partner of the Washington, DC office. She represents banks, asset managers, broker-dealers, and other financial institutions on regulatory obligations in domestic and cross-border matters involving securities distributions and fundraising activities, including through crowdfunding platforms and over the blockchain, Fintech and virtual currency/ICO trading, lending and advisory platforms, and other regulatory matters under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and the Bank Secrecy Act. Previously, Barbara was at the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, as Special Counsel in Office of the Chief Counsel, Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Risk Management, and Senior Counsel in the Office of International Affairs. According to Chambers USA, Barbara receives accolades for the reasoned regulatory compliance advice she provides to her clients: “she is a ‘real out-of-the-box thinker’ and is ‘one of the best to get in that area to answer your questions.’”


Carol McGee is the head of the Office of Derivatives Policy in the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets.  In that role she directs rulewriting and other implementation projects relating to Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act and the regulation of security-based swaps under U.S. law.  She also provides interpretive advice on the regulatory treatment of novel derivative products under the Exchange Act, and administers the new product provisions contained in the Dodd-Frank Act.  In addition, Ms. McGee is a part of the cross-divisional and interagency teams responsible for the Volcker Rule. 

She was previously a Partner at Alston & Bird LLP and the co-leader of its securities practice group.  Ms. McGee also served as Deputy Chief Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance.  Ms. McGee holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia, an M.Phil from the University of St. Andrews and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Wellesley College.


David M. Lynn is a partner in the Washington D.C. Office of Morrison & Foerster, and is co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Finance | Capital Markets practice. Mr. Lynn is a highly respected securities advisory counsel who provides guidance to Fortune 100 corporations, small public companies, underwriters and other market participants on corporate finance matters and best practices for disclosures and compliance. In addition to being a leading authority on SEC issues, Mr. Lynn is particularly well known in the area of executive compensation disclosure, having co-authored, “The Executive Compensation Disclosure Treatise and Reporting Guide.”

While serving as Chief Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance, Mr. Lynn led the rulemaking team that drafted revisions to the SEC's executive compensation and related party disclosure rules. Mr. Lynn re-joined the SEC as Chief Counsel shortly after adoption of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and served in that position until 2007. As a result, he was intimately involved in implementing and interpreting the SEC rulemaking that occurred in the wake of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Mr. Lynn initially served on the SEC staff from 1995-2000 as an Attorney-Advisor and subsequently a Special Counsel in the Division of Corporation Finance.  While in private practice from 2000-2003, he advised clients on SEC investigations, securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.

Mr. Lynn is co-editor of TheCorporateCounsel.net and The Corporate Counsel, which are widely read sources on securities, governance and corporate law matters. Mr. Lynn served as co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation and is a former chair of the Board of Trustees of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society and the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Federal Regulation of Securities Committee.


Elizabeth Figgie is a senior technical advisor at the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).  Elizabeth joined the IASB staff in 2007 and has led a variety of projects related to the accounting for financial instruments, including the project to improve the classification and measurement requirements and the project to distinguish between financial liabilities and equity instruments.  Before joining the IASB staff, Elizabeth worked in the accounting policy group at a large investment bank and also was a staff member at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) where she worked on the revenue recognition project.  Elizabeth started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Boston and Seattle, and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Greg Rodgers is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Rodgers is a member of the Corporate Department and the Capital Markets, Derivatives, and Public Company Representation Practices. Mr. Rodgers is named as one of the leading capital markets lawyers in the United States by Chambers USA and Chambers Global. He was also named a 2018 Law360 MVP for Capital Markets.

In corporate finance matters, Mr. Rodgers represents issuers, investors, and investment banks in public and private equity, debt and hybrid capital markets transactions, commercial lending transactions, restructurings, and other financing transactions, with a particular focus on equity-linked securities and investment grade and high yield debt securities.

In recent years, Mr. Rodgers has represented American Airlines, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, The Container Store, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Securities, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Jefferies & Co., JPMorgan, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Leonard Green & Partners, L.P., Morgan Stanley, Sempra Energy, Spotify Technology S.A., and UBS Securities.


Guilaine Saroul is a Managing Director in the National Professional Services Group of PwC. Guilaine has over 17 years of experience providing assurance and advisory services to multinational companies in the US and in Europe. She has advised corporations on complex accounting and reporting matters under various GAAPs. Guilaine is a member of the SEC Foreign Private Issuers and the Global Accounting Consulting Services teams in our U.S. National Office Professional Services Group. She provides services to foreign private issuers in this role, focusing on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), including financial statement reviews, technical consulting services, internal and external training and thought leadership. 

Prior to her current role, Guilaine spent 3 years with transaction services ("TS") group based in New York. In that role, she provided support for recurring SEC financial reporting filings, advised on post-closing aspects of transactions, on complex accounting matters, such as revenue recognition, business combinations, US GAAP- IFRS differences. Guilaine also spent 2 years in the Stamford's audit practice. and 4 years in PwC’s audit practice in Paris, France.

She is a Certified Public Accountant in the States of Connecticut and New Jersey.

 


Joan McKown has more than 30 years of experience in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement and financial regulatory matters including investigations, exams, internal investigations, and disputes throughout the United States. She has in-depth knowledge of investigatory issues relating to financial fraud, corporate disclosure, corporate governance, accounting, compliance, private equity, FCPA, broker dealer, investment adviser, investment companies, and insider trading. Joan represents corporations, and financial services firms, and their officers, directors, and employees, counseling them to avoid regulatory scrutiny, and when necessary, resolving matters on the best terms possible.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2010, Joan was the longest serving chief counsel in the Division of Enforcement at the SEC, where she played a key role in establishing enforcement policies and worked closely with Commission and senior SEC staff. Joan literally wrote the book on SEC enforcement when she oversaw creation of the first version of the SEC Enforcement Manual. As chief counsel, she led hundreds of Wells meetings and settlement negotiations. At Jones Day, Joan has extensive experience submitting persuasive Wells submissions, having reviewed thousands of such submissions while on the SEC staff.

Joan is the president-elect of the board of trustees of the SEC Historical Society. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the board of trustees of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. She frequently speaks and writes on SEC enforcement related topics.


Joseph is the lead US Securities Counsel for Royal Dutch Shell, plc group of companies. He advises on all aspects of US Securities laws and corporate disclosure.  He has represented and defended Shell in investigations by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and the Department of Justice. He has extensive knowledge with regard to UK and EU securities and disclosure regulations. He also is an advisor to Shell Disclosure Committee and a member of Shell’s Reserves Committee and Financial Controls and Reporting Committee. 

Prior to joining Shell, Joseph spent more than decade with the US Securities and Exchange Commission where he was Counsel to Commissioner Isaac C. Hunt Jr. and Special Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel in the Division of Corporation Finance, where he focused on rulemaking and interpretive advice. He also was the recipient of the SEC’s Capital Markets Award.


Keir Gumbs is Associate General Counsel, Global Corporate, M&A and Securities, and Deputy Corporate Secretary at Uber Technologies, Inc.  Prior to joining Uber, he was a partner in the corporate and securities practice at Covington & Burling LLP. Keir started his career at the SEC, where he served for six years - first as a staff attorney, later as a Special Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance and finally as counsel to SEC Commissioner Roel Campos. 

Keir is recognized as a leading authority on securities regulation and corporate governance who represents a cross-section of constituencies in securities and governance matters, including companies ranging in size from Fortune 50 companies to venture-backed firms, as well as public pension funds, hedge funds, faith-based investors and trade associations. 

Honors and Rankings

  • Most Influential Black Lawyers, Savoy Magazine (2015)
  • Who’s Who Legal, Corporate, M&A and Governance (2015)
  • "D.C. Rising Star”, National Law Journal (2014)
  • DC Super Lawyers, Securities & Corporate Finance (2014-2015)
  • "Trailblazers Under 40", National Bar Association (2014)
  • America's Leading Business Lawyers, Securities: Regulation: Advisory (2012-2015), Chambers USA
  • “2011 Rising Star of Corporate Governance”, Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance
  • Selected as one of the "People to Watch" in the National Association of Corporate Directors 2011 and 2012 “Directorship 100”


Michael D. Mann established Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP’s Washington, D.C. office in 1996. Mr. Mann’s legal practice focuses on international securities regulation and enforcement and the cross-border conduct of business. He provides strategic advice and counseling to clients engaged in business subject to regulation in the United States and throughout the world. He regularly represents public companies and their audit committees, officers and directors in connection with their compliance with U.S. regulatory requirements including the Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley, and Foreign Corruption Practice Acts as well as U.S. Economic Sanctions. Examples of Mr. Mann’s recent representations include:

  • Representation of U.S. and foreign private issuers, Boards of Directors and their Audit and Governance Committees in connection with investigations involving allegations of violations of the U.S. securities laws including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act;
  • Representation of senior officers of U.S. and foreign issuers and hedge funds in connection with SEC investigations and regulatory inquiries in matters involving securities trading, accounting and disclosure, the operation and establishment of internal controls under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; and
  • On-going advice to hedge funds and financial institutions in connection with the development of comprehensive compliance programs to address regulatory obligations imposed by U.S. and foreign securities laws and regulations

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Mann served as an attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including seven years as the first Director of the Office of International Affairs, and prior to that as Associate Director of the Division of Enforcement. Mr. Mann established the key formal and informal regulatory and enforcement relationships between the SEC and its foreign counterparts throughout the world. Mr. Mann also led the SEC’s development of new regulatory approaches to facilitate access to the U.S. securities markets through cross-border securities offerings.

Mr. Mann has been recognized since 2009 as a “Leading Individual” in the area of Securities Regulation and Litigation by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.  Mr. Mann was also recognized in the area of Securities Law by The Best Lawyers in America®, which stated that he "is the kind of outside counsel most in-house lawyers seek: he is knowledgeable, responsive and provides his advice in a very calm and effective manner on a wide range of issues."  He is also is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Advisors to the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society and a Member of the Federal Bar Association / Securities Law Committee Executive Council.


Ms. Thomsen, who was the first woman to serve as the Director of the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, is a litigator practicing in Davis Polk’s Washington DC office. Her practice concentrates in matters related to the enforcement of the federal securities laws. She has represented clients in SEC enforcement investigations and inquiries, in enforcement matters before other agencies, including the Department of Justice (various U.S. Attorneys Offices) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, in investigations and inquiries from self-regulatory agencies, including FINRA, and in internal investigations. These matters, which are typically non-public, have covered a broad range of securities related subject matters, including insider trading, foreign corrupt practices, financial reporting, manipulation and regulatory compliance. Her clients have included major financial institutions, regulated entities, public companies and senior executives.

Ms. Thomsen returned to Davis Polk in 2009 after 14 years of public service at the SEC. While there she held a variety of positions and ultimately served as the Director of Enforcement from 2005 through February 2009. During her tenure as the Director of Enforcement, she led the Enron investigation, the auction rate securities settlements, the stock options back dating cases and the expansion of the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act.

She is a graduate of Smith College (A.B. ’76, Government (High Honors)) and Harvard Law School (J.D. ’79).


Nicolas Grabar is a partner based in the New York office. His practice focuses on securities regulation and on the representation of large reporting companies, as well as international capital markets. He plays a primary role in the firm’s work for clients including leading Mexican and Brazilian companies, several Fortune 100 companies and global investment banks.

Mr. Grabar has extensive experience in international financings in public and private markets, in U.S. securities law and regulations applicable to foreign issuers, and in the regulation of financial reporting. He has also specialized in the telecommunications and natural resources sectors, and has advised on acquisitions, joint ventures, privatizations and debt restructurings.

Mr. Grabar’s broad expertise includes dealing with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with Exchange Act reporting, shareholder proposals, securities offerings, financial restatements and investigations. Over the past year, Mr. Grabar has been one of the lead partners representing longstanding client Petrobras in various matters, including in significant SEC reporting, corporate governance and financing matters.

Mr. Grabar was honored in 2011 as a "Dealmaker of the Year" and in 2010 as a "Dealmaker in the Spotlight" by The American Lawyer. IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 U.S., The Legal 500 Latin AmericaLatin Lawyer 250: Latin America's Leading Business Law Firms, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Capital Markets Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America repeatedly recognize him as one of the world's best capital markets lawyers.

From 2002 to 2010 Mr. Grabar chaired the annual Practicing Law Institute program on foreign issuers and U.S. securities regulation, and he has served on the securities regulation committees of several bar associations. He is the chair of the Financial Reporting Committee of the New York City Bar Association and a member of the TriBar Committee on Legal Opinions. He has spoken and published on legal opinion practice, securities regulation, international securities offerings, privatizations and securitizations of financial assets. He is a co-author of U.S. Regulation of the International Securities and Derivatives Markets (published by Wolters Kluwer, 10th edition 2011) and is a consulting editor and contributor to The New York Stock Exchange IPO Guide (2nd edition, 2013).

Mr. Grabar joined the firm in 1984 and became a partner in 1991. From 1985 to 1989, he was resident in the Paris office. Mr. Grabar received a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1982 and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1978. He also served as law clerk to the Honorable Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Grabar is a member of the Bar in New York and has been admitted to practice in France. His native language is English, and he is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish and Portuguese.


Paul Dudek is counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Dudek joins Latham after 23 years as Chief of the Office of International Corporate Finance in the US Securities Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance.

Mr. Dudek’s practice covers all aspects of cross-border capital market transactions involving non-US companies and sovereigns, as well as related regulatory matters.

In his previous role, Mr. Dudek oversaw the Office’s efforts to develop and implement rulemaking initiatives and interpretive policies pertaining to US public and private offerings, listings and other transactions and periodic reporting by foreign private issuers in the US and multinational offerings by foreign and domestic issuers, especially with respect to Regulation S, Rule 144A, Form 20-F and Securities Act and Exchange Act filings by foreign private issuers, the Multijurisdictional Disclosure System (MJDS), American depositary receipts (ADRs) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Mr. Dudek has deep and rich experience in SEC registrations. During his tenure as Office Chief, more than 2,000 foreign private issuers completed their initial registrations with the SEC, including through traditional global or US-only IPOs, privatizations, spin-offs, straight listings and M&A transactions, and many sovereign issuers completed their initial US registered debt offerings. Similarly in that time, numerous foreign corporate and governmental issuers effected a wide range of follow-on capital markets transactions in SEC registered offerings.

Among his recent efforts, Mr. Dudek led various initiatives relating to IFRS, and he helped implement rulewriting and other projects under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and the JOBS Act of 2012, including projects relating to cross-border derivatives transactions, the extra-territorial application of the anti-fraud provisions of the federal securities laws, and amendments to Rule 144A.

Mr. Dudek also served as the Commission’s representative to the Corporate Governance Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He completed significant work relating to international organizations, including the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the Financial Stability Board.

Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Dudek was in private practice in New York, where he advised a range of foreign and US companies and financial intermediaries on capital markets transactions.

Mr. Dudek was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.


Rani is an executive director in the EY Center for Board Matters.  She has extensive experience working with executive management and boards at public and private companies on a wide range of corporate governance and business matters.

For more than 15 years, Rani has focused on helping companies and their boards to develop, maintain, and implement governance and compliance standards. She assists with matters relating to:

  • Board and committee governance, organization and operations
  • Corporate governance philosophy, frameworks and practices
  • Director onboarding, orientation and training
  • Development, implementation and reporting of board evaluation processes and results
  • Company and stakeholder engagement and communications

As part of her role at EY, Rani leads a new and growing network of F100 Corporate Secretaries.

Rani has two decades of experience in advising on a wide range of public company business matters, including SEC disclosures and investor-focused communications, corporate strategic and risk matters, public offerings, private and offshore offerings, and other capital markets transactions.

Prior to joining EY, Rani was a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Washington, DC. Before that, she was Managing Director, Co-General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, where she helped lead the company’s 2007 IPO.

Rani began her career with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Corporation Finance’s Office of Telecommunications and Computers and later served as special counsel in the Office of International Corporate Finance. While at the SEC, Rani worked on several major rule-making initiatives that continue in some force today and is a recipient of the SEC’s Capital Markets Award.