Richards Kibbe & Orbe
Michael D. Mann established RK&O’s Washington, D.C. office in 1996. Mr. Mann’s legal practice focuses on international securities regulation and enforcement and the cross-border conduct of business. He provides strategic advice and counselling to clients engaged in business subject to regulation in the United States and throughout the world. He regularly represents public companies, and their audit committees, officers, and directors in connection with their compliance with U.S. regulatory requirements including the Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley Acts.
Mr. Mann was nationally ranked in 2009, 2010, and 2011 as a “Leading Individual” in the area of Securities Regulation in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The guide described him as one of the “wisest and most versatile tacticians” in complex securities regulatory and enforcement matters, and also as having “an excellent reputation for cross-border expertise in SEC enforcement matters.” Mr. Mann was also recognized in the area of Securities Law this year by The Best Lawyers in America®.Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Mann served for seven years as the first Director of the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mr. Mann established the key formal and informal relationships between the SEC and its foreign regulatory counterparts in the world’s most important developed and emerging markets. In particular, Mr. Mann negotiated formal understandings to facilitate cooperation on enforcement, regulation of cross-border trading activity, and the development of securities markets. These understandings continue to be the centerpiece of the SEC’s international efforts. Mr. Mann also led the SEC’s development of new regulatory approaches to facilitate access to the U.S. securities markets through cross-border securities offerings.
Moreover, Mr. Mann directed the SEC’s multilateral efforts to improve and harmonize regulation world-wide and to remove unnecessary barriers to trade. Prior to becoming Director of the Office of International Affairs, Mr. Mann served as Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. In 1993, Mr. Mann was awarded the rank of Distinguished Executive in the Senior Executive Service by President Clinton. In the fall of 1990, he was presented the Chairman’s Award for Excellence. In the fall of 1984, Mr. Mann received The Manual F. Cohen Outstanding SEC Younger Lawyer Award from The Federal Bar Association, Securities Law Committee.
Mr. Mann is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Advisors to the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society. Mr. Mann is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.
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