David Martin is co-head of Covington & Burling LLP's securities practice. He advises public companies, financial professionals, investors and other clients in corporate finance, securities regulation and transactional matters. He has led teams of lawyers in public and private offerings, spin-offs, business combination and other change of control transactions, proxy contests and a variety of corporate financings. He counsels boards, senior executives and investors in governance policies and procedures. His practice also includes enforcement cases before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, internal investigations and corporate compliance issues. Mr. Martin has seven years of prior service with the SEC, where he was the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance and also served as special counsel to the Chairman. Mr. Martin is a frequent lecturer and author of articles.