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Ropes & Gray Rehires Ex-SEC Corporation Finance Director

June 1, 2017, 11:52 PM

By Andrew Ramonas, Bloomberg BNA

An SEC director under former Chairman Mary Jo White will return to Ropes & Gray after spending three years at the agency, the law firm said June 1.

Keith Higgins, who led the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance from 2013 to 2016, will serve as the chairman of the firm’s securities and governance practice in Boston. He spent more than three decades at Ropes & Gray before joining the agency.

At the SEC, Higgins helped lead rulemaking initiatives under the Dodd-Frank and Jumpstart Our Business Startups acts. Now, he will assist public companies, investment banks, and institutional investors in “high-stakes securities, governance and disclosure matters,” according to Ropes & Gray.

Higgins is the latest SEC alumnus to join the firm, which counts former enforcement lawyers R. Daniel O’Connor, Asheesh Goel, and Zachary Brez among its partners.

Jones Day’s SEC Hire

Jones Day also tapped a former senior SEC official for its securities litigation practice, the law firm said June 1.

David Bergers, who spent more than a decade at the SEC, will be a partner in Jones Day’s Boston office. He most recently was general counsel of financial services company LPL Financial, which he joined after leaving the agency in 2013.

At the SEC, Bergers served as an acting deputy director in the Enforcement Division and director of the Boston Regional Office.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Ramonas in Washington at aramonas@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Phyllis Diamond at pdiamond@bna.com

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