Former SEC International Corporate Finance Chief to Join Latham & Watkins

Arrival of 26-year SEC veteran cements Latham’s market-leading position in cross-border capital markets and related regulatory matters.

July 5, 2016

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Paul Dudek will join the firm as Counsel in the Corporate Department and as a member of the Capital Markets practice group and the firm’s National Office. His practice covers all aspects of cross-border capital markets transactions involving non-U.S. companies and sovereigns, as well as related regulatory matters.

Dudek comes to Latham after having worked for the past 26 years at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), 23 years of which he served as Chief of the Office of International Corporate Finance in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance. In this role, Dudek oversaw the Office’s efforts to develop and implement rulemaking initiatives and interpretive policies pertaining to offerings by foreign issuers in the US and multinational offerings by foreign and domestic issuers. Among his recent efforts, Dudek led various initiatives relating to International Financial Reporting Standards, and he helped implement rulewriting and other projects under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and the JOBS Act of 2012. Prior to joining the SEC, Dudek was in private practice in New York, where he advised a range of foreign and US companies and financial intermediaries on capital markets transactions.  

“Paul will be a vital asset to our team and our clients as we continue to advise on highly sophisticated transactions,” said Marc Jaffe, Global Co-chair of the firm’s Capital Markets Practice. “In particular, he is uniquely qualified to assist foreign issuers who are looking to access the US capital markets, where his wealth of policy experience provides an invaluable resource in light of significant recent changes to federal securities law.”

Alex Cohen, Co-chair of Latham's National Office, a central resource for complex US securities law questions, added: “Paul knows this area like no one else. Adding him to Latham’s market-leading capital markets team means our clients around the globe will have access to an unparalleled depth of expertise about how the SEC deals with cross-border transactions involving foreign companies and governments.”  

Dudek said: “It has been a privilege to spend the past 26 years at the SEC. By leveraging my knowledge and experience, I hope to help the firm’s clients navigate an evolving regulatory environment. Latham is ideally positioned to help foreign issuers and other clients benefit from exciting opportunities in the US and global capital markets with its vast, integrated network of offices and practices around the world.”  

Dudek is expected to join the firm’s New York office in August and looks forward to expanding his practice to Washington, D.C.  Dudek received his JD from New York University School of Law. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University of School of Law and regularly speaks at  legal and financial conferences. 

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Notes to Editors

1Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.

Marc Jaffe, Global Co-chair of the Capital Markets Practice, +1.212.906.1281
Alex Cohen, Co-chair of the National Office, +1.202.637.2284

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