Alan L. Beller is a partner of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP based in the New York office.
Mr. Beller's practice focuses on a wide variety of complex securities, corporate governance and corporate matters. Mr. Beller advises regularly senior officials of both U.S. and non-U.S. entities on these subjects, including in connection with SEC filings, corporate transactions and other corporate matters and public and private offerings of securities.
Mr. Beller served as the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and as Senior Counselor to the Commission from January 2002 until February 2006. During his four-year tenure, Mr. Beller led the Division in producing the most far-reaching corporate governance, financial disclosure and securities offering reforms in Commission history. Among his accomplishments were the implementation of the corporate provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the adoption of corporate governance standards for listed companies and the successful completion of comprehensive securities offering reforms.
Recent representations include Citigroup in its $17 billion common equity offering and exit from TARP and its $58 billion equity exchange offer. Mr. Beller has represented the Federal Reserve Bank of New York including in connection with matters involving Lehman Holdings Inc., and represented the advisers to U.S. Treasury in connection with the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He has also represented independent directors and audit committees in connection with accounting restatements, options over granting, accounting for and design of variable compensation issues and other matters. Notable earlier transactions in which Mr. Beller was involved included the demutualization and initial public offering of Prudential Insurance Company, the initial public offering of Goldman Sachs, the initial public offering of Instinet and the privatization and initial public offering of Singapore Telecom.
Mr. Beller often chairs or speaks at leading conferences regarding securities law, corporate governance and corporate law matters. He is one of the authors of U.S. Regulation of the International Securities and Derivatives Markets (Tenth Ed., Wolters Kluwer, 2011). Mr. Beller is distinguished as a "star performer" and ranked in the top tier for leading individuals in capital markets by both Chambers Global and Chambers USA, and was featured in Chambers USA's "spotlight table" for his securities regulation advisory practice. In addition, he is recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, IFLR 1000 Guide to the World's Leading Law Firms, and The Legal 500 as one of the best lawyers in the United States. Mr. Beller was named a "Most Highly Regarded Individual" in capital markets by Who's Who Legal 2011 and 2012 and "Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year" by Who's Who Legal 2009 and 2010.
Mr. Beller joined the firm in 1976, became partner in 1984 and returned to Cleary Gottlieb in August 2006. From 1977 to 1981, he was resident in the Paris office and from 1990 to 1993, he was resident in the Tokyo office. Mr. Beller received a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and graduated from Yale College, cum laude, in 1971.
Mr. Beller is a member of the Board of Directors of The Travelers Companies, Inc. and a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Mr. Beller is a member of the Bar in New York.