The former head of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has rejoined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as a partner.
Meredith Cross returns to Wilmer after four years at the SEC as head of the Division of Corporation Finance, where she served as the chief watchdog over corporate disclosures.
During her tenure, Cross and her staff reviewed high-profile IPOs including those for Facebook Inc. and Groupon Inc. She also led efforts to implement the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act and established new offices in the division focusing on large financial institutions, asset-backed securities and other structured products, and capital markets trends.
Cross is one of at least 20 partners from Wilmer who filled senior jobs in the Obama Administration, including six who joined the SEC. Among them is Mark Cahn, who recently stepped down as general counsel but has not announced his next job. Cross in a news release said she was "delighted to be rejoining WilmerHale and looking forward to working again with my former colleagues."
Wilmer co-managing partner Susan Murley called Cross "a respected colleague and friend and we couldn't be more pleased to welcome her back to the firm. She was a thought leader at the commission during a crucial time and WilmerHale's clients will benefit from her direct experience and deep understanding of the regulatory and legal intricacies that public companies face today."