SEC Veteran Brigagliano Joins Sidley Austin
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The law firm of Sidley Austin announced recently that Securities and Exchange Commission veteran James A. Brigagliano will join the firm as a partner in the securities and futures regulatory practice.

Prior to joining Sidley Austin, Brigagliano served as the Deputy Director of the Division of Trading and Markets at the SEC. There, he served in a variety of senior policymaking and management roles. His work included driving a variety of major SEC rulemaking initiatives, most notably the Dodd-Frank Act.


He was also instrumental in the development of the SEC’s response to the 2008 financial crisis, and worked in tandem with the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to minimize damage to U.S. markets. In addition, Brigagliano has worked hand in hand with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the largest independent regulator for securities firms conducting business in the U.S., and provided information on a regular basis to Congressional staffs regarding regulatory developments.

Thomas A. Cole, Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee was quoted as saying in a press release at the firm’s website: “Jamie Brigagliano is one of the country’s most respected securities lawyers. Jamie understands the complex structure of global markets and the exchanges and he will add tremendous value to representing our clients in securities regulatory and enforcement matters, be they broker-dealers, hedge funds, mutual funds, investment banks or public companies.”

Brigagliano has over twenty years’ experience at the SEC. He first joined the SEC’s Office of the General Counsel in 1986; in this role he briefed and argued cases in federal district and appellate courts, as well, he supervised a team of litigators from 1991 to 1998. Subsequently, he joined what is now known as the Division of Trading and Markets. In 2006, he was promoted to Associate Director in 2006. In this role, he oversaw a variety of regulatory programs and enforcement liaison functions. In 2009, he was named Deputy Director. As Director, he oversaw the regulation of broker-dealers, securities markets and trading practices; as well, he advised on enforcement matters and testified before Congress. Also in 2009, he served as Co-Acting Director of the Division.

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Dennis C. Hensley, global coordinator of Sidley’s securities and futures regulatory practice was quoted as saying in the press release: “Jamie has demonstrated sound judgment, a strategic perspective and exceptional analytical skills throughout his notable career. His insight and experience in a wide range of regulatory areas will enable him to provide clients with valuable strategic advice as they adjust their businesses and control systems to meet the changing regulatory environment. Jamie will bring even greater value to the deep and broad securities regulatory experience that already exists at Sidley.”

Brigagliano was quoted as saying: “It is an honor to be joining a global law firm known for the integrity and excellence of its lawyers. I look forward to assisting clients in navigating the ever-changing regulatory landscape and joining former colleagues from the SEC.”

Mr. Brigagliano was the recipient of numerous awards while at the SEC. among those he earned were the Chairman’s Award for Excellence and the Law and Policy Award in 2011, which was given to the Dodd-Frank Implementation Team. In 2004, he received the Jay Manning Award, and in both 2001 and 2005 he received the Capital Markets Award. Brigagliano has spoken frequently at conferences attended by thousands of both attorneys and business professionals.

A full service law firm, Sidley Austin has over 1,600 lawyers practicing in 17 U.S. and international cities.


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