Michael D. Mann

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Michael D. Mann’s law practice focuses on international securities regulation and enforcement and the cross-border conduct of business. He provides strategic advice to public companies, their audit committees, officers, and directors relating to governance and compliance with U.S. regulatory requirements. Michael was awarded the rank of distinguished executive in the Senior Executive Service by President Bill Clinton and was the inaugural recipient of the SEC Chairman’s Award for Excellence.

From 1989 to 1996, he served as the first director of the Office of International Affairs at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Michael established the key relationships between the SEC and its foreign counterparts in developed and emerging markets, including negotiating the first understandings to facilitate cooperation on enforcement, regulation of cross-border trading activity, and the development of securities markets.

Prior to becoming director of the Office of International Affairs, Michael served as associate director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. While in the Division of Enforcement, he carried out investigations and litigation, with a particular emphasis on international matters. He acted as counsel for the commission in SEC v. Levine, SEC v. Certain Unknown Purchasers of Santa Fe, and SEC v. Winans (the “Wall Street Journal case”), among others.

Michael is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the distinguished practitioners’ council and board of advisers to the SEC Historical Society, and the editorial board of Wall Street Lawyer: Securities in the Electronic Age. He previously served as a member of the Hampshire College board of trustees and the board of directors of the Federation of American Scientists. He also served as the chair of the Securities Market Advisory Board of the Toronto Centre. Michael was a founding partner of Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP.