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Understanding the Securities Laws Fall 2014

Speaker(s): Andrew N. Siegel, Ann Beth Stebbins, Anna T. Pinedo, Anthony Antonelli, Byron B. Rooney, David K. Boston, Douglas I. Koff, Jennifer L. Nadborny, Julie M. Allen, Kenneth L. Josselyn, Linda E. Rappaport, Martha E. Solinger, N. Adele Hogan, Raymond Y. Lin, Richard F. Langan, Jr., Robert Evans III, Robert J. Siverd
Recorded on: Dec. 11, 2014
PLI Program #: 49296

Martha Solinger is the Co-General Counsel of the Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. bankruptcy estate.  Prior to that Martha was a Managing Director, Global Litigation, Insurance and Intellectual Property at Lehman and was with Lehman or its predecessors for 23 years. During that time, her work focused on class actions and other complex securities, and other corporate litigations arising out of Lehman’s investment banking, trading, public finance, capital markets and other investments; recovery on insurance claims; and administration of the Lehman’s litigation disclosure and reserves.

Before going in-house, Martha was a securities litigator at Dewey Ballantine in New York, working on class actions and SEC investigations.  She also practiced at Kronish, Lieb, Wiener & Hellman in New York, handling commercial and securities cases.

Martha received her B.A Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan in 1977 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, summa cum laude, in 1980.

Adele Hogan is a capital markets and mergers counsel who frequently works on regulatory, FinTech and securities offerings matters, including SPACs.  She advises on GRC – governance, risk and compliance – and is active in strategic growth advisory work, including the corporate side of restructurings inside and outside of bankruptcy.

Adele’s work involves diverse industries, including: financial institutions; energy and utilities; healthcare (medical devices, biotech and pharmaceuticals), leisure (gaming and hotels); real estate, telecommunications, media and technology; transportation (airlines, automotive, shipping, rail); and retail.

Adele frequently chairs and speaks at national law programs.  She has served as an adjunct law professor at Fordham University School of Law and speaks at Cornell University Law School and the Levin Institute.

Adele worked for over ten years at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, and was a partner at White & Case LLP and Linklaters LLP. Adele most served as Director – Group Audit (Legal and Regulatory) at Deutsche Bank.  Adele has done strategic consulting work (revenue enhancements, deposit growth, FX, derivatives, mergers) for large banks and led anti-financial crimes investigations, risk framework implementations and corporate governance matters.


  • New York City Bar Association (Securities Regulation Committee (former Chair), Financial Reporting Committee (former Chair), Banking Law Committee, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee)
  • New York State Bar Association, Business Law Section (Executive Committee), Securities Regulation Committee, Investment Management Committee
  • American Bar Association, Federal Securities Law Committee
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Women in Derivatives (WIND), 100 Women in Finance, Women in Funds
  • National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
  • Society of Corporate Governance Professionals
  • SIFMA (Legal Society and Internal Audit Society)
  • Risk Management Association (RMA)
  • Financial Executives Network Group (FENG)


  • Cornell University Law School, Juris Doctor
  • Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts 

Anna Pinedo is a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office and co-leader of the firm’s Global Capital Markets 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.

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 Structuring Liability Management Transactions (2018), 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, updated 2019), 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 Institute’s "BD/IA: Regulation in Focus" blog.

Anna has been ranked by Chambers USA as one of America's leading lawyers for Capital Markets: Derivatives and Capital Markets: Structured Products and has been recognized as a notable lawyer for Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance). Chambers Global has ranked Anna as one of the world's leading lawyers (recommended in Capital Markets: Structured Products). She also is ranked as a “Market Leader” for Capital Markets in the IFLR1000 Guide to Leading Lawyers, the highest individual distinction given by the guide. Anna is ranked as a leading lawyer for Structured finance: derivatives and structured products and listed as a recommended lawyer in Capital markets: debt, high-yield debt, equity, and global offerings, and Structured finance: securitization by the Legal 500 US.

Anthony Antonelli is a senior associate in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. He concentrates his practice on the representation of individuals and entities in regulatory enforcement and white collar criminal matters before the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), state attorneys general offices, FINRA, and other federal and state agencies. In addition, he has conducted a variety of internal investigations, including those involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), kickbacks and accounting irregularities.

Mr. Antonelli also has broad-based experience representing clients in a variety of complex civil litigation matters, including those involving securities, derivative products and other financial instruments. He has handled cases involving a wide array of substantive legal issues, including breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, breach of contract, as well as federal and state securities laws.

Recent Representations

  • An investment advisor and leading collateral manager in connection with regulatory inquiries involving the underwriting, structuring, marketing, and sale of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and collateralized loan obligations (CLOs)
  • A chief compliance officer in connection with an investigation by FINRA involving Rule 105 of Regulation M
  • A real estate investment firm in an investigation by the Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of the Inspector General
  • A state investment office managing more than $20 billion in assets in connection with federal "pay-to-play" investigations concerning the role of placement agents in various hedge fund, private equity, public equity, and real estate investments made by the state
  • Various corporate executives at a number of different financial institutions in connection with federal and state investigations involving CDOs, residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and other securitizations
  • A financial institution, various corporate executives and a securities analyst in a series of unrelated insider trading investigations by the DOJ and SEC
  • Various corporate executives of an investment technology and services company in connection with investigations by the DOJ and SEC involving trade execution practices
  • A major financial institution in connection with a series of criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations into the underwriting, marketing, and sale of auction rate securities
  • A former chief executive officer in connection with civil and criminal matters involving finite reinsurance transactions
  • A global pharmaceutical company in an internal investigation relating to sales and marketing practices in China
  • A global biotechnology company in an internal investigation relating to revenue recognition practices
  • A major telecommunications company in connection with an SEC inquiry arising from financial restatements
  • An employee of a major auto parts manufacturer in connection with anti-trust investigations by the DOJ and foreign regulators
  • A financial institution and its board of directors in connection with a purported class action arising from a bank merger
  • A worldwide apparel company and its board of directors in connection with a purported class action arising from the $2.9B acquisition of the company
  • A financial services company and its officers and directors in purported securities class actions and derivative litigation

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Recognized by the Legal Aid Society in 2009 for outstanding service in representing more than a dozen pro bono clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area in litigation involving subsidized housing and the anti-discrimination provisions of certain local laws
  • Recognized by the New York State Bar Association in 2007 and 2008 as "Empire State Counsel"

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • "The Latest Life Sciences Company To Make FCPA Headlines," Law360, November 13, 2014
  • "Liability for Securities Law Violations," Practising Law Institute, 2011-2014
  • "Wiretaps Meet Privileged Conversations," The New York Law Journal (White-Collar Crime), July 12, 2010
  • "An Analysis of Protocols for Searches of Electronic Records Announced by the Ninth Circuit in United States v. Comprehensive Drug Testing," Bloomberg Law Reports—Privacy & Information, May 3, 2010

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Admitted to the Bar in New York and New Jersey
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey
  • Member of the Federal Bar Council
  • Member of the American Bar Association and the Securities Fraud Subcommittee of the ABA Business Law Section's White-Collar Crime Committee


  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 2006 (cum laude). Associate Managing Editor for the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. CALI Award Recipient for excellence in Federal Practice, Pre-Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy
  • Manhattan College, B.S., 2003 (summa cum laude)

Byron B. Rooney

Mr. Rooney is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Capital Markets Group. He represents both corporate and financial institution clients across a broad range of capital markets transactions, including IPOs and other equity offerings, and investment-grade, high-yield and convertible debt financings. His practice includes advising U.S. public companies on general corporate, securities law and governance matters. Mr. Rooney has experience across a variety of sectors, including oil and gas, technology, financial, retail and general industrials.


Mr. Rooney’s recent experience includes the following representations:


  • The underwriters in connection with the IPOs of MRC Global and Vantiv
  • Cobalt International Energy and Kosmos Energy in connection with their IPOs
  • The U.S. Treasury in connection with the “re-IPO” of AIG


  • The underwriters in connection with follow-on or secondary offerings by Centene, Cubic, General Motors, MRC Global, Vantiv and Virtusa
  • Cobalt International Energy and Kosmos Energy in connection with multiple equity offerings


  • The initial purchasers in connection with investment-grade debt offerings by KKR and high-grade debt offerings by General Motors
  • ExxonMobil and FedEx in connection with their investment-grade debt offerings


  • The initial purchasers in connection with high-yield debt offerings by DPL, DS Services, Ipreo Holdings, Michael Foods, NXP and Prospect Mortgage
  • Kosmos Energy in connection with its high-yield debt offering


  • The underwriters in connection with a convertible debt offering by AMAG Pharmaceuticals
  • Cobalt International Energy and MercadoLibre in connection with their convertible debt offerings

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • LL.B., Bond University Faculty of Law, 2005
    • First Class Honours
  • B.Com., Finance, Bond University, 2005
  • LL.M., Boston University School of Law, 2006

Professional History

  • Partner, 2014
  • Associate, 2006-2014

David K. Boston is a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York and co-chair of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group.  He specializes in merger and acquisition transactions involving public and private companies and in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities.  Dave regularly advises boards of directors and senior management regarding strategic and governance matters.

Douglas I. Koff is co-chair of Schulte Roth & Zabel’s White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Group. Doug represents clients in high-profile civil and criminal proceedings, as well as investigative matters. He is best known for supervising these types of matters for financial institutions and broker-dealers, as well as representing executives in the crosshairs of the government regulators and criminal authorities. Doug has been actively engaged in cases involving financial service institutions, broker-dealers and corporate executives relating to securities, antitrust, derivative products and other complex financial instruments. In this regard, he has advised and defended companies and corporate executives in virtually all types of inquiries by civil and criminal authorities (as well as SROs) into business practices on Wall Street, including a wide array of matters involving the financial crisis. He has also handled major civil litigations and arbitrations involving a broad spectrum of substantive legal issues, including fraud, breach of contract, antitrust, breach of fiduciary duty, reinsurance, piercing the corporate veil, mergers and acquisitions, and money laundering, as well as federal securities law.

Doug has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, which noted that he is “hard working, attentive and client-focused,” “extraordinarily focused and tenacious,” and “a smart, thorough litigator who is always on top of things.”  Chambers also noted that he “has everything on his radar screen” and has a “remarkable ability to get along with anyone, making it his business to develop a rapport with other attorneys involved in his cases.”

Jennifer L. Nadborny is Senior Counsel in the Corporate department of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a member of the firm’s Public Company Advisory Practice, where she advises companies on a wide range of ongoing matters, including periodic reporting, proxy statements and annual meetings, corporate governance, director independence, executive compensation disclosure, stock exchange compliance and Regulation FD.

Ms. Nadborny’s practice particularly focuses on compliance and reporting under Section 13(d) and Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Rule 144 and Rule 10b5-1, related to a variety of transactions and other corporate matters, including those involving initial public offerings, merger and PIPE-related activities, transactions by officers and directors, equity compensation reporting, and registered and unregistered sales by significant shareholders. 

Ms. Nadborny received her B.A. with distinction from Cornell University in 2001 and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2004, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif.

Julie Allen is a partner in the Corporate Department and a co-head of the Capital Markets Group.

Julie’s practice focuses on general corporate and securities matters. She represents both underwriters and issuers in initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings. Her experience also includes Rule 144A debt offerings, both as counsel to issuers and to initial purchasers. Julie's practice also includes mergers and acquisitions, particularly transactions involving public companies. She represents buyers and sellers, activist stockholders, boards of directors and financial advisors in mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations and tender offers. Julie also regularly counsels public companies and their affiliates regarding disclosure, governance, Sarbanes-Oxley and other securities law and compliance issues.

Julie serves as the Co-Chair of Proskauer's New Business Committee and Chair of its Corporate Department Opinion and Audit Letter Committees.

Julie’s representative transactions and practice include:

  • Initial public and follow-on offerings, representing issuers and underwriters, including offerings for Annie’s Inc., Installed Building Products Inc., Sabre Industries (withdrawn after effectiveness), Maidenform Brands, Inc., Town Sports International Holdings, Inc., India Hospitality Corp., Sybari Software (acquired by Microsoft prior to completion), Cross Country, Inc., Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp., Vanstar Corp., N2K, Inc., Synthesis Energy Systems,, Inc. and many others.
  • High-yield bond offerings, representing issuers and initial purchases, including Icahn Enterprises L.P., Pegasus Solutions, Inc., Altra Industrial Motion, AmeriCast Technologies, Inc., Rafaella Apparel Group, Blue Ridge Paper Products, Inc. and Wheeling Island Gaming, Inc., among others. 
  • Public company mergers, acquisitions and control contests, including the sale of Annie’s Inc. to General Mills, the sale of The Student Loan Corporation to Discover Financial Services and Sallie Mae, the acquisition by Grifols S.A. of Talecris Biotherapeutics Holdings Corp., the acquisition of Tween Brands by Dress Barn, Inc., the restructuring of Dress Barn, Inc. into Ascena Retail Group, Inc., the acquisition of Charming Shoppes, Inc. by Ascena Retail Group, proxy contests involving Presidential Life Corporation, the acquisition of Presidential Life by Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company and the acquisition by Textron Inc. of United Industrial Corporation, among many others. 
  • General representation of public companies, including Annie's Inc., Ascena Retail Group, Inc., Henry Schein, Icahn Enterprises L.P., Installed Building Products Inc., Maidenform Brands, Inc. and Presidential Life Corporation

Related Practices

  • Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Governance


  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1983
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Boston University, B.A., 1979
    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

New York

Kenneth L. Josselyn is General Counsel for Finance and Corporate Legal. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1988 as a Vice President in New York and became a Managing Director in 2001.

Prior to joining the firm, Ken was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and London.

Ken is past Chairman of the SIFMA Capital Markets Committee and a former member of the Corporate Finance Advisory Committee of FINRA. He is currently a member of the SIFMA Retail Structured Products Committee.

Ken earned an AB from Harvard in 1977 and a JD from Harvard Law School in 1980. He lives in New York.

Ms. Rappaport is Of Counsel at Shearman & Sterling LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York, having been a partner at the firm for over 30 years. As a lawyer, she focuses on executive compensation and corporate governance. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of The New School. Her not-for-profit activities have also included membership on the boards of the Legal Aid Society, the New York Women’s Foundation, and Wesleyan University.

Mr. Lin is a member of the Corporate Department and his practice focuses on the representation of private equity firms in mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions.


In recent years, Mr. Lin has represented financial investors such as Apollo Global Management LLC, BC Partners Ltd. and TPG Capital; and companies such as InterXion N.V., Kimco Realty Corporation, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc., Verso Paper Corporation, Intelsat Ltd., Compass Minerals International, Inc. and Waterford Gaming LLC.


  • The proposed merger of Interxion Holdings N.V. with Telecity plc
  • The merger of Navig8 and General Maritime
  • Apollo Global Management and TPG Capital in the formation of Caesars Growth Partners and Caesars Acquisition Corporation and the acquisition of US$2.2 billion in assets from Caesars Entertainment Corporation and the proposal merger with Caesars Entertainment Corporation
  • BC Partners and CPPIB on the sale of Suddenlink Communications and in the proposed acquisition of 30% of Cablevision
  • The underwriters for the initial public offering of Intelsat Ltd.
  • Apollo Global Management and BC Partners in the sale of Unitymedia GmbH to Liberty Global
  • BC Partners in their acquisition and disposition of an interest in Office Depot and in connection with the merger of Office Depot and Office Max
  • BC Partners in their US$16.8 billion acquisition of Intelsat Ltd., the world’s largest fixed satellite company
  • The underwriters for the initial public offering of Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc., Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc. and in-debt financings for Icahn Enterprises L.P.
  • The issuers and underwriters in capital markets transactions including the initial public offerings of Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc., Apollo Commercial Mortgage, Inc., Coresite Corporation and equity or debt offerings for Kimco Realty Corporation, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers and Icahn Enterprises L.P.

Thought Leadership

  • Online Gambling: The Geolocated Road Ahead
  • SEC Approves Strengthening of Corporate Governance Standards for NYSE, Nasdaq Listed Companies—Most Companies Must Meet Heightened Standards by Next Annual Shareholders' Meeting


JD, Columbia University School of Law, 1984, Editor, Law Review; James Kent Scholar

BS, Yale University, 1980

Bar Qualifications

New York


Chinese (Mandarin), English

Recognition Highlights

Law clerk to the Honorable Collins J. Seitz, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1984-1985

Raymond Lin is particularly adept at handling IPOs, as well as debt financing and restructurings. Recent transactions include the representation of BC Partners and other investors in its acquisition of Suddenlink Communications. – Chambers Global 2014

Described as "practical, knowledgeable and excellent in facilitating solutions." Chambers USA 2012

Recommended in The Legal 500 US, IFLR1000 and in Chambers USA and Chambers Global for his work in Private Equity

Recommended in the Best Lawyers in America for gaming law

Member of the Board of Visitors, Columbia University School of Law

Director, Appleseed Foundation, Safe Passages Project

Mr. Siegel is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Galaxy Digital LP, a diversified financial services firm dedicated to the digital currency and blockchain sectors

Prior to Galaxy Digital, Mr. Siegel served in a variety of legal and compliance roles for Perella Weinberg Partners, a financial services firm providing advisory and asset management services to a global client base.  Prior to joining Perella Weinberg, Mr. Siegel was General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Stanfield Capital Partners LLC, an alternative asset manager based in New York. Prior to joining Stanfield, Mr. Siegel served in the law division of Morgan Stanley, initially advising the Mergers and Acquisitions Department. Ultimately, Mr. Siegel was the senior attorney responsible for advising Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s alternative investment funds, including its private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds and fund of funds. Previously in his career, Mr. Siegel was a corporate attorney at Shearman & Sterling where he focused on public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and join ventures.

Mr. Siegel is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York and has been designated a Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional by FINRA.

Mr. Siegel received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude, from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Washington College of Law at American University where he was an editor of The American University Law Review.

Richard Langan is a partner in the New York City office of Nixon Peabody LLP, and is known for his extensive experience in capital market transactions in the domestic and international securities markets, including public offerings and private distributions of equity and high grade and high yield debt securities, Rule 144A and Regulation S distributions, exchange offers, consent solicitations and financial restructurings. Mr. Langan also handles domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, including public and privately negotiated mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, capital markets transactions, leveraged buyouts and other private equity transactions, corporate restructurings and corporate governance, including engagement with activist investors. He previously served as Nixon Peabody’s managing partner and CEO.

Ann Beth Stebbins concentrates primarily on mergers and acquisitions. She represents acquirers, targets and financial advisors in public and private acquisitions in a broad range of industries.  She has extensive experience representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies in connection with acquisitions, joint ventures, and other strategic investments. Ms. Stebbins spent eight years in the Firm’s London office, and has been involved in numerous cross-border transactions. 

Ms. Stebbins lectures and participates in seminars on topics related to her practice.  She is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center in the business law program.  She was recognized as an Outstanding Women Leader by Georgetown University Law Center and was the 2018 recipient of the John Carroll Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a Georgetown alumnus. She also was named as one of The American Lawyer’s 2020 Dealmakers of the Year, and has been named as a Woman Dealmaker of the Year by The M&A Advisor and one of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

Ms. Stebbins’ representative transactions include:

- Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its $7 billion acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company;

- Funds advised by Apax Partners LP in:

· their acquisition of ECI Software Solutions and the North American business of Exact Group B.V.;

· their acquisition of a majority stake in Accenture LLP’s Duck Creek insurance software business;

· their acquisition of a controlling interest in FULLBEAUTY Brands, Inc.;

· their acquisition of Quality Distribution, Inc.;

· their acquisition of Advantage Sales & Marketing from J.W. Childs Equity Partners and its subsequent sale to affiliates of private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. and funds advised by CVC Capital Partners Limited; and

· their acquisition of Tivit, a leading technology service provider in Brazil.

- Bally Technologies, Inc. in its $5.1 billion acquisition by Scientific Games Corporation, a supplier of instant-win lottery tickets and a manufacturer of lottery terminals;

- Cineworld Group plc in its $3.6 billion acquisition of Regal Entertainment Group;

- Colfax Corporation in the sale of its fluid handling products to CIRCOR International, Inc. and its acquisition of Victor Technologies Group Inc. from Irving Place Capital;

- Empresas Polar S.A. in connection with the formation of a joint venture with PepsiCo, Inc. and Grupo Embotelladoras Unidas, S.A.B. de C.V. to manufacture and distribute beverages in Mexico;

- Gucci Group N.V. in its successful defense against a hostile takeover attempt by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.A.; and its independent directors in connection with Pinault-Printemps-Redoute’s acquisition of the publicly held shares of Gucci; and in numerous acquisitions of European luxury goods companies, including Sanofi Beauté (which includes the Yves Saint Laurent clothing and perfume businesses), Balenciaga S.A., Stella McCartney Ltd., Alexander McQueen Ltd. and Bedat S.A.;

- J. C. Penney Company, Inc. in its acquisition of the Liz Claiborne and Monet trademarks from Liz Claiborne, Inc.;

- Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. in its $3.9 billion sale to The Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman;

- SeaCube Containers, Ltd. in its $1.7 billion acquisition by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan;

- the independent members of the board of directors of Time Warner Cable Inc. in its acquisition by Charter Communications; and

- WABCO Holdings Inc. in its $7 billion acquisition by ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

Rob Evans joined the SEC last July and is the Chief of the Office of International Corporate Finance. Before joining the SEC,

Mr. Evans worked at Shearman & Sterling LLP as a partner in the firm’s capital markets practice. Mr. Evans has extensive advising capacity having spent his professional career as a corporate and securities lawyer. “For over 20 years, Rob has been a leading voice on a wide range of issues relating to how investors and companies interact in the public and private markets, and we are excited to have him join the team here at the SEC,” said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton.

In addition, Mr. Evans has been a frequent speaker and writer on securities law, compliance and legal ethics. Mr. Evans was a member of the TriBar Opinion Committee, the Working Group on Legal Opinions, the American Law Institute, and Co-Chair of Shearman & Sterling’s Opinion Committee.

Mr. Evans attended Harvard University for his undergraduate degree and earned his law degree from Boston University School of Law.

Robert J. Siverd has over 40 years of experience involving a broad array of legal and risk management issues in the United States and over 25 foreign countries.  He has built a strong record of accomplishment in these areas by successfully employing creative strategies to complete value- added acquisitions, and to reduce companies’ claims, litigation expenses and risk exposures.

Robert most recently served as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of international wire and cable manufacturer General Cable Corporation (NYSE) for over two decades.  Robert was a leader in new business development projects aimed at expanding the geographical base of this manufacturing company, particularly in Asia and Africa, through joint ventures, strategic alliances and acquisitions.  He was actively involved in all of General Cable’s acquisition activities where his financial and business knowledge and cultural understanding provided leadership in assessment of new opportunities.  He contributed to the leveraging of the company’s intellectual property development and brought and defended litigation in a wide number of areas -- from US and international competition law to insurance recovery actions.  Also, as general counsel and secretary, he was a key link in board governance, counseled public company directors on their duties and responsibilities and fostered best practices in governance.  At Morgan Lewis, Robert will be leveraging his substantial skills and experience for a wide variety of clients in manufacturing and service sectors alike.

Robert recently joined Morgan Lewis in 2014 after his service as general counsel at General Cable.  He is admitted to practice in New York and Ohio.