Bloomberg Law
Nov. 3, 2022, 4:53 PM

CONFERENCE REPORT: Securities Practice ‘Exciting,’ ‘Lucrative,’ and Risky

Helen Gunnarsson
Helen Gunnarsson
American Bar Association

In 2021, there were nearly $1.5 trillion in investment grade securities issuances, nearly another trillion in equity and high yield issuances, and 397 initial public offerings worth $153 billion, panelists told an audience during “Navigating Risk in Securities Law Practice,” a program at the 2022 Aon Law Firm Symposium in Chicago October 27.

Those “staggering” numbers “dwarf” those involved in almost every other practice area, with the possible exception of mergers and acquisitions, moderator Henry S. Bryans, a senior consultant with Aon Professional Services in New York, said. But access to that capital, Bryans noted, requires the assistance of a ...