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Private Placement and Hybrid Securities Offerings 2018


Speaker(s): Andrew L. Fabens, Anna T. Pinedo, Bonnie J. Roe, Bradley A. Jacobson, Cathleen E. McLaughlin, David A. Donohoe, Jr., David M. Lynn, Julie Z. Davis, Kalli Dircks, Lona Nallengara, Lori E. Arz, Marcel R. Fausten, Marty Dunn, Michael D. Golden, Michael L. Hermsen, Minh Le, Nicolas Grabar, Nikolai Utochkin, Priya A. Velamoor, Raphael M. Russo, Stanley Keller, Stuart D. Fishman, Suzanne Rothwell, Thomas J. Kim, Tymour A. Okasha
Recorded on: May. 21, 2018
PLI Program #: 221504

Brad Jacobson is a principal shareholder in the Corporate Department of the Boston, MA office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Brad advises hedge funds, venture capital funds, private equity funds and investment advisers, as well as public and private companies, in a wide variety of securities, corporate finance, and merger and acquisition transactions. He is experienced in structuring and negotiating public and private offerings (equity and debt, including early and late-stage venture capital transactions and PIPE transactions), mergers, and stock and asset acquisitions. Additionally, Brad advises public and private companies with respect to corporate governance issues, public disclosures and securities law compliance, including proxy statements, registration statements and periodic reports, as well as investors with respect to Section 13 and Section 16 issues.

Brad graduated magna cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1995 and magna cum laude from Boston College, Carroll School of Management, with a B.S. in Finance in 1989. 

Brad is a frequent author and speaker on venture capital, particularly late-stage and pre-IPO private placements. 


 

PRACTICES

Corporate

Capital Markets & Securities

Corporate Governance

EDUCATION

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1994
cum laude

B.A., Amherst College, 1989
magna cum laude

Related Regions

Asia, Europe, India

RECOGNITION

The Legal 500

A partner in the Corporate Department, Raphael M. Russo focuses on capital markets and corporate finance as well as the representation of public companies and investors.

EXPERIENCE

As a member of the Securities Practice Group, Ray has represented issuers and underwriters in connection with initial public offerings, secondary offerings and Rule 144A debt offerings. His transaction experience includes offerings for both domestic and foreign issuers. He also regularly advises issuers and investors in connection with restructurings, recapitalizations and shareholder activism. Ray is recognized by The Legal 500 in Capital Markets.

As part of his domestic and international issuer practice, Ray advises public companies on a range of corporate governance and disclosure issues. He also helps senior management and significant shareholders of public companies implement liquidity and monetization strategies.

He represents financial institutions on transactional and regulatory matters and also provides advice on trading and compliance issues to investment managers.

Ray is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and has served as a member of its Securities Regulation Committee and Financial Reporting Committee. He is also a member of the Practising Law Institute’s Corporate and Securities Law Advisory Committee. He serves as a trustee for the American Red Cross in Greater New York, where he is a member of the Executive Committee.


Andrew Fabens is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice Group and is a member of the Firm’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance Practice Group.  Mr. Fabens advises companies on long-term and strategic capital planning, disclosure and reporting obligations under U.S. federal securities laws, corporate governance issues and stock exchange listing obligations.  He represents issuers and underwriters in public and private corporate finance transactions, both in the United States and internationally.  His experience encompasses initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, investment grade, high-yield and convertible debt offerings and offerings of preferred, hybrid and derivative securities.  In addition, he regularly advises companies and investment banks on corporate and securities law issues, including M&A financing, spinoff transactions and liability management programs.  Mr. Fabens is ranked as a leading Capital Markets lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500 US and Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. 

Mr. Fabens earned his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 2000.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1989.


Anna Pinedo is a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office and a member of the Corporate & Securities practice. She concentrates her practice on securities and derivatives. Anna represents issuers, investment banks/financial intermediaries and investors in financing transactions, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, as well as structured notes and other hybrid and structured products. 

She works closely with financial institutions to create and structure innovative financing techniques, including new securities distribution methodologies and financial products. She has particular financing experience in certain industries, including technology, telecommunications, healthcare, financial institutions, REITs and consumer finance. Anna has worked closely with foreign private issuers in their securities offerings in the United States and in the Euro markets.

She also works with financial institutions in connection with international offerings of equity and debt securities, equity- and credit-linked notes, and hybrid and structured products, as well as medium term note and other continuous offering programs.

In the derivatives area, Anna counsels a number of major financial institutions acting as dealers and participants in the commodities and derivatives markets. She advises on structuring issues as well as on regulatory issues, including those arising under the Dodd-Frank Act. Her work focuses on foreign exchange, equity and credit derivatives products, and structured derivatives transactions. Anna has experience with a wide range of transactions and structures, including collars, swaps, forward and accelerated repurchases, forward sales, hybrid preferred stock and off-balance sheet structures. She also has advised derivatives dealers regarding their Internet sites and other Internet and electronic signature/delivery issues, as well as on compliance matters.

Anna regularly speaks at conferences and participates in panel discussions addressing securities law issues, as well as the securities issues arising in connection with derivatives and other financial products. She is the co-author of JOBS Act Quick Start, published by International Financial Law Review (2013; updated 2014, 2016); a contributor to OTC Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank: A Guide to Registration, Reporting, Business Conduct, and Clearing (Thomson Reuters, first ed. 2014, second ed. 2015, third ed. 2016, fourth ed. 2017); co-author of Considerations for Foreign Banks Financing in the US, published by International Financial Law Review (2012; updated 2014, 2016); Liability Management: An Overview (2011, updated 2015), published by International Financial Law Review; co-author of Covered Bonds Handbook, published by Practising Law Institute (2010, updated 2012-2014); co-author of the treatise Exempt and Hybrid Securities Offerings, published by Practising Law Institute (2009, second ed. 2011, updated 2014, third ed. 2017); and co-author of BNA Tax and Accounting Portfolio: SEC Reporting Issues for Foreign Private Issuers (BNA Accounting Policy and Practice Series, 2009, second ed. 2012, updated 2016). Anna is also a contributing author to Broker-Dealer Regulation (2011, second ed. 2012), published by Practising Law Institute. She co-authored "The Approaches to Bank Resolution," a chapter in Bank Resolution: The European Regime (Oxford University Press, 2016). Anna contributed to The Future of Bank Funding and Capital: Solutions for Issuers, Opportunities for Investors (IFR Market Intelligence, 2009). Additionally, Anna co-authored "The Ties that Bind: The Prime-Brokerage Regulation," a chapter in Global Financial Crisis (Globe Law and Business, 2009); "The Law: Legal and Regulatory Framework," a chapter in PIPEs: A Guide to Private Investments in Public Equity (Bloomberg, 2006); and "The Impact Security: Reimagining the Nonprofit Capital Market," a chapter in What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Nonprofit Finance Fund, 2017). Anna is a contributor to Practising Law lnstitute's "BD/IA: Regulation in Focus" blog.

Anna is a member of the American Bar Association's Committee on the Federal Regulation of Securities, a member of the subcommittee on Disclosure and Continuous Reporting, vice­chair of the subcommittee on Securities Registration and a member of the task force on the future of securities regulation.

She has participated in the drafting committee for the ABA's comment letters on such topics as securities offering reform, revisions to accelerated filing, smaller public company proposals and various JOBS Act-related matters. Anna also is a member of the ABA Committee on the Regulation of Futures and Derivatives Instruments. Anna is a chair of the Structured Products Association Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Executive Committee. She is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association 's Mortgage REIT Council and a member of the MBA's Secondary & Capital Markets Committee.


Bonnie Roe is a partner at Cohen & Gresser and has over thirty years of experience as a corporate lawyer advising publicly and privately held companies and funds. Her practice focuses on securities law and capital markets, financial regulation, and fintech.  Bonnie represents U.S and internationally based companies, financial intermediaries, and investors in public and private offerings, including cross-border offerings. She also regularly advises public companies and their boards of directors on public disclosure, SEC compliance matters, corporate governance, and executive compensation. She serves as counsel to companies and investment funds in early and later stage venture capital financing transactions and has significant experience in fund formation and investment. Bonnie has counseled numerous buyers and sellers of publicly and privately held businesses in developing and executing strategies to efficiently achieve business goals.  

Bonnie is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Subcommittee on Small Business Issuers and is the author of the chapter on securities law opinions in an annually updated treatise on legal opinions ( M. John Sterba, Jr., editor, Legal Opinion Letters:  A Comprehensive Guide to Opinion Letter Practice, 3d edition).  She is a member of Law360’s editorial advisory board for its private equity coverage. She frequently speaks and writes on securities law and corporate governance. She has been named one of New York’s Super Lawyers for Securities & Corporate Finance each year since 2011.

Bonnie is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics. Prior to joining the firm, she was a partner in the New York office of a Canadian firm, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. Bonnie is Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. She is proficient in French.


Cathleen McLaughlin is a partner in the Corporate Finance practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office.  Ms. McLaughlin focuses on cross border financing in Latin America and Europe.  Ms. McLaughlin’s U.S. capital markets experience includes varied transactional and advisory securities experience relating to SEC-registered and unregistered (Regulation S and Rule 144A) debt and equity offerings by U.S., Latin American, and European issuers.  She has extensive experience in sovereign, corporate, and infrastructure-related financings involving Latin American and European borrowers.  Before joining Paul Hastings, Ms. McLaughlin was at another international law firm where she was the head of their New York International Capital Markets practice.

Cathleen graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1988.

Cathleen has been named one of Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers, 2015-2018, Latin America’s Top 50 Female Lawyers, 2013 by Latinvex; named “Latin America’s Legal Stars” and “Latin America’s Top 50 Businesswomen” by Latin Business Chronicle, 2012; Ranked in Chambers Latin America since 2010 for Capital Markets, Banking & Finance and M&A. Chambers says, “Cathleen McLaughlin is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of complex finance matters.” 


David M. Lynn is a partner in the Washington, D.C. Office of Morrison & Foerster LLP and is co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Finance | Capital Markets practice. He served as Chief Counsel of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Lynn is a highly respected securities advisory counsel who provides guidance to companies, underwriters, and other market participants on corporate finance matters and best practices for disclosure 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.” Mr. Lynn is a recognized expert on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012.

While serving as Chief Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance, Mr. Lynn led the rulemaking team that drafted significant 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 record amount of 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 also has served as chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society.

Mr. Lynn received his law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he serves as a member of the Board of Visitors, and his undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics and finance from Loyola University Maryland.

 


Julie Z. Davis serves as a Senior Special Counsel to the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  She recently came to that position from the Division’s Office of Small Business Policy, which assists companies seeking to raise capital through exempt or smaller registered offerings and participates in SEC rulemaking and other actions that may affect small businesses.  

Julie joined the SEC in 2009 as Deputy Director in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, serving as a liaison between the Commission and Congress.  She came to the SEC from the staff of U.S. Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, serving as a Legislative Counsel for financial services and other issues and working with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.  Prior to that, Julie practiced securities and corporate law at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP in Boston.     

Julie received her B.A., with high honors, in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, and received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law.                                                                    

 


Lori Arz is an Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel in J.P. Morgan Chase’s Legal Department where she supports Equity Capital Markets and Debt Capital Markets.  In the past, Lori has also supported M&A Advisory.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Lori covered Equity Capital Markets at Bear Stearns, and was an associate in the capital markets group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Lori received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan School of Law where she was an editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law and a B.A. from Washington University.

Lori and her husband have two young children and currently live in Brooklyn.

 


Martin Dunn is senior of counsel based in Morrison & Foerster’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to his career in private law, Mr. Dunn spent 20 years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, having served as Chief Counsel, Deputy Director and Acting Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, as a highly respected counselor to public companies. Mr. Dunn “is an immensely respected regulatory expert… He provides high-end securities counseling on regulatory compliance and transactional matters.” as noted in Chambers USA.

Fortune 500 clients turn to Mr. Dunn for his skillful counsel on critical issues they face. He offers a unique insider's perspective and clients admire his ability to apply practical guidance to situations that they face every day. He provides guidance on corporate governance and securities laws to newly formed publicly traded companies as well as to established ones. Mr. Dunn counsels companies through the public offering process, including compliance with the SEC requirements and responses to SEC comments.

In his role with the SEC, Mr. Dunn supervised the Corporation Finance Division’s Offices of Chief Counsel, Chief Accountant, Mergers and Acquisitions, International Corporate Finance, Rulemaking, Small Business and Enforcement Liaison. He oversaw many of the SEC’s most significant initiatives on disclosure, governance and capital-raising, including reforming the securities offering process, updating Rule 144, implementing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, adopting the plain English requirements for prospectuses, implementing electronic proxy delivery, and easing exempt and registered capital formation for small businesses.

Mr. Dunn is top ranked by Chambers USA in the area of Securities Regulation: Advisory, noting that he is a “‘preeminent securities lawyer’ and a ‘true expert’ in the field when it comes to advising on SEC regulation and corporate governance issues” (Chambers USA 2016). He has also been named a recommended lawyer by Legal 500 US for Capital Markets in Debt Offerings, Equity Offerings and High-Yield Offerings and is recognized by Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2016 as a Corporate Governance Lawyer. During his career at the SEC, he was the recipient of numerous awards, such as the SEC Capital Markets Award, SEC Regulatory Award, SEC Law and Policy Award, SEC Chairman’s Award for Excellence, and the Federal Bar Association’s Philip A. Loomis, Jr. Award.

Mr. Dunn is frequently sought after to speak, write and comment on securities law topics. He is co-editor of the widely read newsletter, The Corporate Counsel a premier publication in the field. He is on the Executive Committee of the Northwestern University School of Law’s Securities Regulation Institute, a past Chair of the Northwestern University School of Law’s Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute, and the University of Texas School of Law’s Conference on Securities Regulation and Corporate Law, and has been on the faculty of the ALI CLE’s Regulation D and Private Placements Conference for more than 20 years. Mr. Dunn also speaks frequently as a member of the faculty of the Practising Law Institute.

Mr. Dunn served as Co-Chair of the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council and he has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Maryland School of Law.

 


Mike Hermsen has an extensive practice that focuses on securities matters. He represents issuers, investment banking firms and security holders in connection with issuances of equity and debt securities. Mike also represents corporate clients in connection with compliance, reporting and stock exchange matters and counsels companies, boards of directors and management on, among other matters, stock repurchases, liability management, executive compensation reporting and corporate governance matters.

Before Mike joined Mayer Brown in 1994, he had extensive experience with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. In the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance he served as Assistant Director (1992-1994), Special Counsel (1990-1992) and Attorney/Advisor (1986-1990). He also has accounting and audit experience with a then-Fortune 500 manufacturing corporation.

Mike has been included in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation for over a decade and Legal 500 recommends Mike in “Capital Markets – Equity Offerings” noting Mike has “unsurpassed knowledge of SEC rules.”   In addition, Mike is frequently cited in the media regarding new regulatory initiatives.

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School, JD, 1986.
  • Marquette University, MBA, 1982, BS, 1980.


Minh Q. Le is a Director in FINRA’s Corporate Financing Department.  He has more than 20 years of experience in the regulation of public and private offerings.

Currently, Minh’s primary responsibility is the management of the Department’s Private Placement Review program which provides regulatory oversight of broker-dealer participation in private offerings.  In addition to overseeing the review and investigation program, Minh’s duties include developing policy and providing guidance on corporate financing and other capital-raising related issues.  Minh also routinely provides subject matter expertise to FINRA’s Examination and Enforcement staffs.

Building on this experience, Minh has served as a member on each of FINRA’s Regulatory Specialist committees for Public Offerings, Private Placements, and Non-traded Direct Participation Programs (DPP) and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT), and was a member of FINRA’s Risk Assessment Committee.  For the past 15 years, he has been a member of FINRA’s Sales Rep and DPP/REIT Qualifications Committees.

Prior to his involvement in developing FINRA’s private placement rules and their corresponding filing program, Minh managed the Department’s Public Offerings Review program, which is responsible for regulating underwriting terms and arrangements in public offerings.  He is also responsible for handling interpretive and exemption requests made to the Department.

Minh graduated from the University of Maryland, attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Institute of Executive Education, and is a Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional.


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.


Nikolai Utochkin is a counsel in Nasdaq’s Legal and Regulatory Group, where he advises issuer community on listing and corporate governance matters. Nikolai received a Bachelor of Science degree from Samara State University in 1996, a Master of Business Administration degree from Robert H. Smith School of Business, and a Juris Doctor degree from the American University Washington College of Law. Prior to joining Nasdaq in 2004, Nikolai was employed by a regional brokerage firm.


Priya Velamoor is a Director and Associate General Counsel in the Equity Capital Markets group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Ms. Velamoor has been with the bank since 2005 and focuses on equity capital markets transactions, as well as U.S. and international regulatory and policy matters affecting the securities industry. Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ms. Velamoor practiced law with the firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.


Stan Keller, Of Counsel in Locke Lord's Boston office, has extensive experience in corporate and securities law matters, and has worked on regulatory developments with officials at all levels in the SEC. He advises both public and private companies on a wide range of issues and transactions.

Stan chaired the American Bar Association's Federal Regulation of Securities Committee during the height of the Sarbanes-Oxley era, and in that capacity had responsibility for interacting on behalf of the private bar with the SEC, other governmental officials and the stock exchanges. He was actively involved with the ABA's Task Force dealing with the SEC's attorney conduct rules, with the ABA Task Force on Corporate Responsibility and with the ABA Task Force on Attorney-Client Privilege. He also was chair of the ABA Legal Opinions Committee and Audit Responses Committee, and he has been actively involved in the ABA's Corporate Laws Committee as a member, special adviser and special reporter for the 2016 Revision of the Model Business Corporation Act.

Stan is a member of the TriBar Opinion Committee and was the reporter for its Remedies Opinion Report and its Report on Preferred Stock Opinions. He is co-chair of the Boston Bar Association's Task Force on Revision of the Massachusetts Business Corporation Law, which drafted the current Massachusetts corporation statute (Chapter 156D), and chaired the BBA's Business Law Section, Corporation Law Committee, and Legal Opinions Committee, as well as the Massachusetts Bar Association's Business Law Section and Corporation Law Committee.

Stan lectures widely for continuing legal education organizations, and has written and edited many articles and treatises on corporate, securities law and professional responsibility matters.


Stuart D. Fishman is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel for the Corporate & Investment Bank at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.  He is the senior Debt Capital Markets lawyer and is involved in a variety of public, private and Rule 144A offerings of debt securities for investment grade and non-investment grade issuers.

In September 2011, he was named by International Financial Law Review as one of the “21 Most Influential Bankers’ Counsel” in the world.

 He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Emory University.


Suzanne Rothwell began a twenty-year career at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) (then the NASD) working in the Corporate Financing Department and went on to serve in increasingly responsible positions during which she was Associate General Counsel for ten years with responsibility for all NASD/Nasdaq rulemaking, followed by four years as Chief Counsel of the Corporate Financing Department and Special Counsel to The Nasdaq Stock Market. 

Suzanne Rothwell joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s Washington, D.C. office as Counsel from 2001 to 2010, where she was a member of the firm's Corporate Finance and Securities Regulation Group. Suzanne continues to provide consulting services to Skadden.   She also keeps the securities bar up to date on the FINRA rules through her treatises in the Matthew Bender Securities Law Techniques publication on "FINRA Rules for Public Offerings,” “FINRA Rules for Private Placements,” and “Listing Securities on a Stock Exchange and Other Secondary Market Trading Matters”.

Suzanne is a former Chair of the ABA’s FINRA Corporate Financing Rules Subcommittee.  She graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, DC receiving a Juris Doctor, MBA in Finance and Investments, and BBA degree.


Tom Kim is a partner, focusing his practice on advising companies, underwriters and boards of directors on registered and exempt capital markets transactions, SEC regulatory and reporting issues, and corporate governance, as well as on general corporate and securities matters.

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 no-action, interpretive and exemptive positions taken by the Division on a wide range of matters, including Securities Act exemptions, the registration process, Rule 144, and a broad range of Exchange Act issues, including deregistration, succession, Section 16, proxy solicitation and shareholder proposal rules, and executive compensation disclosure, among others. Under his leadership, the Chief Counsel’s Office revised and updated the Division’s telephone interpretations as Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations and issued several significant Staff Legal Bulletins.

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. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and was editor of Harvard Law Review.

Tom currently chairs the ABA’s Disclosure Effectiveness Working Group, which is working with the SEC on the disclosure reform initiative led by the Division of Corporation Finance. As a member of the ABA’s Committee on Corporate Laws, Tom edited several editions of the ABA’s Corporate Director’s Guidebook.

Tom has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Securities: Regulation: Advisory since 2015, where Chambers noted that he is “well respected for his regulatory expertise and is often sought after by public companies and their boards of directors, as well as underwriter clients, to advise on complex SEC reporting and corporate governance issues.”


Tymour Okasha is an associate general counsel in the Equity Capital Markets group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He focuses on advising investment bankers on all aspects of deal execution for equity capital markets transactions, including IPOs, follow-ons, private placements and convertible debt issuances. Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mr. Okasha was an attorney in the corporate finance group at Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.


Lona is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Capital Markets and Corporate Governance practices. He has extensive experience representing companies, financial institutions and their boards on corporate governance, disclosure, and securities law compliance matters and on the financial regulatory process. He also advises companies and financial institutions on all aspects of public and private offerings of equity, equity-linked, high yield debt and investment grade debt securities.

Prior to returning to the firm in 2017, Lona served in senior positions at the Securities and Exchange Commission for over four years. From 2013 to 2015, he served as Chief of Staff to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, where he was the top advisor to the Chair on all issues, including policy development, rulemaking, strategy and management. During this time, he led the rulemaking and implementation efforts related to all mandates under the Dodd-Frank and JOBS Acts and directed the SEC's asset management, market structure, public company disclosure effectiveness and private offering reform programs. He also served as the SEC deputy to the Financial Stability Oversight Council and was the primary SEC liaison with other financial regulators. Lona joined the SEC in 2011 as Deputy Director of the Division of Corporation Finance and later became its Acting Director. In this role, he was responsible for the division's overall activities and operations, including rulemaking, interpretive guidance and the public company filing review program. Following his SEC tenure, Lona joined Bridgewater Associates, LP, where he was the Chief Governance Officer and a senior advisor to founder Ray Dalio.

Prior to joining the SEC in 2011, Lona was a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Capital Markets group. He first joined the firm in 1998.


Mr. Donohoe is President of Donohoe Advisory Associates LLC, which specializes in advising public and private companies and law firms on stock exchange listing matters and related corporate governance issues.  Since founding Donohoe Advisory in July 2004, Mr. Donohoe has represented hundreds of companies in stock exchange listing hearings.  He has also assisted many dozens of other issuers and law firms in connection with the structuring of financing and merger and acquisition transactions so as to comply with applicable stock exchange rules.  Additionally, he has been instrumental in procuring stock exchange listings for a large number of companies and has assisted with the consummation of nearly one hundred reverse mergers involving Nasdaq-listed companies.

Mr. Donohoe also currently serves as Managing Director – Investment Banking for ROTH Capital Partners, LLC  (a FINRA member firm: www.ROTH.com), where he assists issuers in connection with  equity and debt offerings and advises on merger and acquisition transactions and restructurings. 

Prior to forming Donohoe Advisory, Mr. Donohoe served as Chief Counsel for the Listing Qualifications Department of The Nasdaq Stock Market.  Over his nine year tenure, Mr. Donohoe successfully worked with hundreds of companies to resolve listing issues related to initial public offerings, mergers, acquisitions, financings, debt conversions and other corporate restructuring transactions.  Mr. Donohoe joined Nasdaq in 1995 as Counsel for the Hearings Group and subsequently held several positions of increasing responsibility. From 1996 until his departure in June 2004, he was responsible for overseeing all Nasdaq delisting and initial listing hearings, during which time he personally conducted more than 1,500 hearings and oversaw a docket in excess of 4,000 companies.

Additionally, Mr. Donohoe served as liaison to the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council, a standing committee comprised of members of the business community, where he was responsible for developing and promulgating listing standards and associated policies.

Mr. Donohoe was employed by two New York Stock Exchange member firms from 1991 until 1995. From 1988 to 1990, he was engaged in the private practice of law. Mr. Donohoe graduated from The University of Texas, Austin in 1985 with a B.A. in Economics and received a J.D. in 1988 from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.


Mr. Fausten is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Capital Markets Group. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria and holds law degrees from New York University and the University of Melbourne, as well as a bachelors in engineering from the University of Melbourne.

Mr. Fausten represents a range of U.S. and non-U.S. corporate and financial institution clients on a wide variety of public and private capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings and other equity offerings, high-yield and investment-grade debt financings and equity-linked offerings. He also advises on governance, general corporate and securities law matters. He has experience across a range of industries, including biotech, consumer and retail, oil and gas, financial and technology.


Ms. Dircks joined Morgan Stanley in 2006. She is an Executive Director in the Equity Capital Markets Department and has been with the firm for 12 years; she has held positions across the Equity Syndicate desk and Healthcare Capital Markets.

 


Michael Golden is Senior Company Counsel in the Wells Fargo & Company Law Department and provides coverage for the equity capital markets business of Wells Fargo Securities.  He joined Wells Fargo in 2006 and is based in New York City.  Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Mike practiced with the law firm of Sidley Austin.