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WASHINGTON, DC– April 5, 2017 – 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.
“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.