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Sidley Snags SEC Attorney Barros for Governance Issues Work (1)

March 2, 2021, 6:35 PMUpdated: March 2, 2021, 6:58 PM

Sidley Austin LLP has hired former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer Sonia Barros as a partner in Washington, D.C.

Barros join Sidley’s Global Capital Markets group, advising clients on corporate disclosure, governance, and capital-raising efforts, according to a firm statement. She’ll chair a new public company subgroup.

“If businesses are doing well, it’s not only good for the businesses, it’s also good for the overall economy,” she said.

Barros joins Sidley after spending 17 years at the SEC, most recently as chief corporate governance counsel in the Division of Corporation Finance. She also was assistant director of the SEC’s Office of Real Estate and Commodities.

“Sonia’s first-hand understanding of recent and historical SEC practices and policies will provide unparalleled support for our clients,” said Neal Sullivan, chair of Sidley’s global securities regulatory and enforcement group.

Before she began her government work, Barros was an associate at Hogan Lovells, as well as smaller firms Altheimer & Gray and Deloitte.

Sidley joins a number of firms scooping up government talent as the administration changes.

Jones Day, which sent a handful of lawyers to the Trump administration, recently brought on a former Commodity Futures Trading Commission official and the former acting general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security.

Crowell & Moring also took on a former inspector general, who was fired by Trump.

(Updates with comments from Barros)

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