McGuireWoods Lands Securities Defense Lawyer From Morgan Lewis

Oct. 25, 2021, 8:08 PM

Veteran financial services litigator John Ayanian has jumped to McGuireWoods from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Ayanian is anchoring McGuireWoods’ broker-dealer regulatory counseling practice in the Washington office, according to a firm statement.

“McGuireWoods is a national leader in securities enforcement defense,” Ayanian said in the statement. “I am excited to join this world-class team.”

Attorneys with Securities and Exchange Commission experience have been in high demand since President Biden took office and installed new leaders at the agency. Other Big Law firms that hired new partners with stints at the SEC include Steptoe & Johnson, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and Dentons.

Ayanian had worked for Morgan Lewis for more than 22 years, including the last 19 as a partner, before making the move to McGuireWoods earlier this month.

At Morgan Lewis, he co-chaired the financial services initiative and was the leader of its Washington office investment management practice.

Prior to that, he had served as special counsel within the SEC’s Division of Market Regulation, where he was responsible for trading and market regulation.

He also worked briefly for First Union Corp., now Wells Fargo & Co., according to his LinkedIn profile.

“The depth and breadth of John’s experience enhances our ability to help clients work through every stage of complex regulatory and compliance matters,” said partner William Goydan, head of the firm’s broker-dealer and investment adviser group, in the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sam Skolnik in Washington at sskolnik@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com

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