WASHINGTON, April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Jenner & Block is pleased to announce that David M. Lynn, a leading securities lawyer and former chief counsel of the Division of Corporation Finance at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined the firm as a partner in its Washington, DC office.
Mr. Lynn will serve as co-chair of the firm's Securities Practice, along with William L. Tolbert and Brian R. Boch.
"Dave is a tremendous addition to the firm and a great fit for our culture," said Terrence J. Truax, Jenner & Block's managing partner. "He will be a key resource to our public company clients."
Mr. Lynn provides counsel on securities law compliance issues and transactions, as well as corporate governance and executive compensation disclosure matters. He also advises clients, which range from small public companies to Fortune 100 corporations to underwriters and other market participants, on corporate finance matters and best practices for disclosures and compliance. In addition, Mr. Lynn has unique capabilities related to disclosure and securities law counseling for public company clients, in both the transactional and the litigation contexts, which make him a key resource in a variety of areas, including disclosure counseling, securities transactions, SEC inquiries and investigations, and securities litigation.
"Dave is among a handful of practitioners in the nation who have the depth and breadth of federal securities law experience our sophisticated clients require, whether in the context of sophisticated securities transactions, SEC inquiries and investigations or the like," said Joseph P. Gromacki, Chair of Jenner & Block's firmwide Corporate Practice. "We are very pleased he is joining us and excited for the ways in which he will assist us in building our world-class transactional practice." Jenner & Block has a robust securities transactions practice, having represented US Foods in its $1.175 billion IPO last year, Hertz in connection with the separation of its equipment rental business last year and GM in its historic $23.1 billion IPO in 2010, among others.
Most recently, Mr. Lynn was a partner with Morrison & Forester in its Washington, DC office, where he served as co-chair of the firm's Corporate Finance practice.
Previously, in his role as chief counsel of the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance from 2003 to 2007, Mr. Lynn was responsible for, among other things, interpretive policy and guidance, rulemaking, and no-action and exemptive relief. He also advised the Division's senior management, as well as other Division offices and SEC divisions and offices, on matters related to securities offerings and public reporting. Mr. Lynn's work at the SEC involved drastic revisions to its executive compensation and "related party" disclosure rules, an area in which he continues to focus, as well as implementation of the SEC's Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
Mr. Lynn also served in various roles at the SEC from 1995 to 2000, including as special counsel, and from 2000 to 2003 he was in private practice.
Mr. Lynn is co-editor of TheCorporateCounsel.net, CompensationStandards.com and The Corporate Counsel. A thought leader on topics relating to the federal securities laws, Mr. Lynn is chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section's Federal Regulation Securities Committee, and is co-chair of the Practising Law Institute's Annual Securities Regulation Institute in New York. Mr. Lynn also serves as President of the SEC Historical Society.
"I am excited to join Jenner & Block, a firm with a strong culture that is devoted to the development of its transactional and litigation capabilities in securities law," said Mr. Lynn. "Jenner & Block's lawyers work in an environment distinguished by exceptional people, challenging work and a steadfast drive of professional excellence and a commitment to public service, and I look forward to being part of that tradition."
A Chambers & Partners-ranked "Band 1" leading lawyer for securities regulation, Mr. Lynn is a graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. He earned a B.B.A. and M.S.F from Loyola University Maryland.
ABOUT JENNER & BLOCK'S SECURITIES PRACTICE
Jenner & Block's lawyers have experience in a wide variety of securities transactions. We represent clients in capital-raising activities ranging from small IPOs and private placements to the very largest public offerings, and we also represent clients in connection with the securities law aspects of merger and acquisition transactions and tender and exchange offers. We also regularly counsel large and small publicly-held companies on a wide range of securities compliance, 1934 Act reporting and ongoing disclosure matters, including with regard to financial reporting and the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the related SEC and securities exchange rules thereunder. We represent public company audit committees, as well as independent directors and other public company committees, in matters involving federal securities laws. Additionally, we represent companies in connection with registered spin-offs and split-offs, as well as other complex corporate reorganizations.
ABOUT JENNER & BLOCK
Jenner & Block (www.jenner.com) is a law firm with global reach, with more than 500 lawyers and offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. The firm is known for its prominent and successful litigation practice and experience handling sophisticated and high-profile corporate transactions. Firm clients include Fortune 100 companies, large privately held corporations, financial services institutions, emerging companies and venture capital and private equity investors. In 2016, The American Lawyer named Jenner & Block to the A-List, which recognizes the top 20 US law firms. The American Lawyer also recognized the firm as the #1 pro bono firm in the United States six of the past nine years; the firm has been ranked among the top 10 in this category every year since 1990.
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