Bingham raids Heller for DC regulatory push

Bingham raids Heller for DC regulatory pushBingham McCutchen has hired four lawyers for its international securities practice, including the managing partner of Heller Ehrman’s DC office, Geoff Aronow.

Aronow, who was the director of enforcement at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) from 1995 to 1999, joined as a partner yesterday (Monday 4 August) along with Margaret Blake, formerly a partner at Winston & Strawn.

Aronow said he was attracted by the “tremendous platform” Bingham offered for expanding his regulatory and litigation practice.

“Bingham’s approach of fully integrating the practice firmwide is conducive to helping clients receive the full suite of legal skills and services they need in today’s market,” Aronow said.

The hire of the four lawyers, all of whom have government experience, reflect a larger push by Bingham to grow its international securities practice. In April, Bingham hired Takayasu Koga from the Japanese Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission as a partner in the firm’s Tokyo office, while the firm has also recently strengthened its financial regulatory practice in London.

The team in the UK features Peter Bibby and Helen Marshall, both of whom were heads of enforcement at the Financial Services Authority. In June the London office added Christopher Leonard, a former vice president and senior European counsel at State Street Global Advisors.

“With alumni from three key sovereign regulators based in strategic locations across the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan, Bingham has a strategic advantage in advising clients in all financial markets,” said Washington partner Neal Sullivan, co-chair of Bingham’s securities practice.

Bingham’s two other new DC lawyers, both of whom joined as of counsel, are Joseph Brady, the former associate general counsel at the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), and Timothy Nagy, formerly with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).