Former Special Counsel at the US Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of International Corporate Finance, Walter Van Dorn, is to join Rogers & Wells' London office.

Van Dorn will initially split his time between Rogers & Wells in London and the firm's Washington DC office before shifting to Britain permanently later this year.

At the SEC, Van Dorn was responsible for US offerings of equity securities and American Depository Receipts by foreign issuers and offerings of debt securities by both foreign issuers and governments, as well as for mergers and acquisitions involving foreign issuers.

“There is an increasing trend among large companies to tap the US market through the SEC, through registered offerings,” said Daniel Bushner, managing partner of Rogers & Wells' London office.

He added that the wanted to grow its expertise in this area and that Van Dorm would bring “an insiders' perspective” on the requirements of SEC registration.

The firm's London office, which opened in 1977, has 14 solicitors and specialises in advising issuers and underwriters in capital markets trans- actions and related securities matters.