Matthew Kaplan is a corporate partner who regularly represents issuers and underwriters in debt and equity offerings. A member of the firm’s Securities Group, he also has experience in corporate governance, finance and general corporate matters. Mr. Kaplan is recognized by The Legal 500 US (2012) where he is lauded for his “professional integrity and high standard of legal skills,” as well as his “impressive industry knowledge” and “timely and incisive responses on even the most complex issues.” Mr. Kaplan is also ranked as a leading attorney in IFLR1000 (2012) for his work on both debt and equity offerings.
Catherine Dixon is a partner in Weil’s Washington, D.C. office and a recognized authority on the federal securities laws, as amended over the past decade by the JOBS Act of 2012, the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Her practice encompasses public and private company disclosure advice, capital markets transactions (including public and private offerings), mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance-related matters. Ms. Dixon is a member of Weil’s Public Company Advisory Group.
Prior to joining Weil, Ms. Dixon was Chief Counsel of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). She previously served as Chief of that Division’s Offices of Mergers & Acquisitions and Disclosure Policy (rulemaking), respectively, and as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Steven M.H. Wallman. She also served as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (through the Department’s Honors Program), before joining the SEC in the appellate litigation section of the Office of the General Counsel.
Ms. Dixon frequently speaks and writes on various federal securities laws topics. She is co-author of a well-known treatise on the federal proxy rules, Aranow and Einhorn on Proxy Contests for Corporate Control (3d ed., with Randall Thomas). Ms. Dixon also has taught a course on mergers & acquisitions at Georgetown University Law School, as an adjunct faculty member. She is the immediate former Chair, and a current member, of the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section’s Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, after serving successive terms as Committee Vice-Chair, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee’s Securities Registration Subcommittee and Co-Chair of this Committee’s Ad Hoc Task Force on Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions. Ms. Dixon is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and is a member of the ABA Business Law Section’s Publication Board.
Ms. Dixon has been recognized in such publications as Who’s Who Legal (2013 – 2018, Corporate – M&A and Governance), Best Lawyers in America (2007-2019, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law), The Best Lawyers in Washington, D.C. (2018, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Compliance Law and Securities / Capital Markets Law) and Washington DC Super Lawyers (2013 – 2015, Securities and Corporate Finance).
Ms. Dixon received her J.D., magna cum laude, and her B.S., cum laude, from Creighton University. After law school, Ms. Dixon clerked for the Honorable William C. Stuart, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, and the Honorable Henry A. Politz, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She is a member of the District of Columbia and Iowa Bar Associations.
Thomas J. Kim advises public companies, their boards of directors and underwriters on a broad range of SEC disclosure and regulatory matters, capital market and tender offer transactions and corporate governance and compliance issues and practices. He also advises audit firms on independence and financial reporting issues. He handles matters for companies with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including obtaining no-action relief, interpretive guidance and waivers, as well as handling disclosure and financial statement reviews by the Division of Corporation Finance and SEC Enforcement investigations involving disclosure, registration or auditor independence issues.
Prior to joining Sidley in 2013, Tom served for six years as the Chief Counsel and Associate Director of the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC. As Chief Counsel, Tom was responsible for the Division’s no-action, interpretive and exemptive positions, and under his leadership, the Chief Counsel’s Office revised and updated all of the Division’s telephone interpretations as Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations and issued several significant Staff Legal Bulletins related to shareholder proposals, legality and tax opinions and suspending reporting obligations. Tom also led a number of notable SEC rulemakings and policy initiatives, including implementing the JOBS Act’s requirement to eliminate the prohibition on general solicitation in Securities Act Rules 506 and 144A offerings, the concept release on the U.S. proxy system, and the interpretive release on the use of company websites.
Tom also oversaw the Division’s Office of Enforcement Liaison, which refers matters to the Division of Enforcement and advises on offering and disclosure-related issues in enforcement cases.
Prior to joining the SEC in 2006, Tom served as Corporate and Securities Counsel for the General Electric Company in Fairfield, CT.
Tom currently chairs the ABA’s Securities Law Opinions Subcommittee of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee. As a past member of the ABA’s Committee on Corporate Laws, Tom edited several editions of the ABA’s Corporate Director’s Guidebook. He is a co-chair of Sidley’s Washington D.C. Diversity Committee.
Tom serves as Vice Chair of the Northwestern Pritzker Law School’s Annual Securities Regulation Institute.
Steven J. Slutzky Partner
Areas of Practice
Securities Capital Markets Financial Institutions Global Insurance Practice Mergers & Acquisitions Corporate Governance
Steven Slutzky is a corporate partner whose practice focuses on securities offerings and related transactions. He regularly represents issuers and underwriters in securities transactions including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, debt offerings and private placements.
Mr. Slutzky is ranked as a leading capital markets lawyer in Chambers Global (2013), Chambers USA (2013) and IFLR1000 (2012). He is recognized in The Legal 500 US (2013) and one client praises him as one of the “best lawyers I have ever worked with” (2009). Mr. Slutzky is co-author of “Conveyance Rule 159 of the Securities Act” (Securities Law 360, 7 April 2006) and “U.S. SEC’s Final Rules Regarding Securities Offering Reform” (BNA International World Securities Law Report, August 2005), among other articles. He also serves as a director of South Brooklyn Legal Services.
Mr. Slutzky received his B.S. from Lehigh University in 1988 in Finance and his J.D. from New York Law School summa cum laude in 1993 where he was a Notes and Comments Editor of the Law Review. Selected Representations
US Foods and CD&R in US Foods’ Agreement to Merge with Sysco for $8.2 Billion
Verizon Communications in its $49 billion bond offering, the largest-ever corporate bond issue
Debevoise Advises Verizon in its Agreement to Acquire Vodafone's 45 Percent Interest in Verizon Wireless for $130 Billion
Third Point Re, a Bermuda-based property and casualty reinsurer, in its $317 million initial public offering of common shares
HD Supply in its $1.1 billion initial public offering of common stock
Reynolds Group in its $3.25 billion offering of 5.75% senior secured notes due 2020
Debevoise Recognized at International Financial Law Review’s 2013 Americas Deal of the Year Awards March 25, 2013
Paul S. Bird Named a Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer April 02, 2008
Heading for the Exit: Best Practices for Successful PE-Backed IPOs November 07, 2013
Seventh Annual Insurance M&A Seminar September 17, 2008
Insurers in Crisis: Risks and Opportunities September 17, 2008
SEC Adopts JOBS Act Rule Eliminating Ban on General Solicitations in Certain Private Offerings July 10, 2013
Reminder – Periodic Filing, Notice and Reporting Requirements for Private Equity Funds December 20, 2012
PCAOB Tees Up Questions For Audit Committees To Ask Auditors About Audit Inspections August 13, 2012