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Keir D. Gumbs

Keir D. Gumbs

Covington & Burling LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Keir Gumbs is a partner in the corporate and securities practice at Covington & Burling LLP. Keir started his career at the SEC, where he served for six years - first as a staff attorney, later as a Special Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance and finally as counsel to SEC Commissioner Roel Campos.

Keir is recognized as a leading authority on securities regulation and corporate governance who represents a cross-section of constituencies in securities and governance matters, including companies ranging in size from Fortune 50 companies to venture-backed firms, as well as public pension funds, hedge funds, faith-based investors and trade associations.

Representative Matters

At Covington, Keir’s practice is equally distributed into the following three categories:

  • Advising companies, investors and regulated entities with respect to ongoing securities regulatory compliance - including preparing SEC filings, as well as Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley developments.
  • Advising boards and investors with respect to corporate governance developments - regarding matters such as board and committee independence, cybersecurity, internal controls, shareholder proposals, proxy access, enhancing political spending disclosures and similar matters.
  • Advising companies and investors on a variety of transactional matters, including securities offerings, crowdfunding, IPOs, mergers, tender offers, share repurchase programs and similar matters.

Representative CLIENTS

  • Corporate clients include large public companies, as well as small newly public or private companies representing a range of industries, including consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas and FinTech.
  • Investor clients include the Council of Institutional Investors and CalPERS, as well as private investors and hedge funds.
  • Pro bono clients include faith-based organizations, such as the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, microfinance organizations, such as Kiva, as well as organizations focused on sustainability and the environment, such as the Center for Responsible Travel.

Honors and Rankings

  • Most Influential Black Lawyers, Savoy Magazine (2015)
  • Who’s Who Legal, Corporate, M&A and Governance (2015)
  • "D.C. Rising Star”, National Law Journal (2014)
  • DC Super Lawyers, Securities & Corporate Finance (2014-2015)
  • "Trailblazers Under 40", National Bar Association (2014)
  • America's Leading Business Lawyers, Securities: Regulation: Advisory (2012-2015), Chambers USA
  • “2011 Rising Star of Corporate Governance”, Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance
  • Selected as one of the "People to Watch" in the National Association of Corporate Directors 2011 and 2012 “Directorship 100”
Keir D. Gumbs is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment The 2017 Proxy Season – Mid-Season Review and Tips for a Successful Outcome - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2017, Friday, March 10, 2017
Filings Under the ’34 Securities Act - Securities Filings 2017: Practical Guidance in a Changing Environment, Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Engagement Today: Revisiting the Relationship with Shareholders - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Monday, November 13, 2017
Annual Reporting Practices and Shareholder Meeting - Annual Disclosure Documents 2017, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Performance Based Compensation - Annual Disclosure Documents 2017, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Developments and Best Practices in Executive Compensation - Annual Disclosure Documents 2017, Thursday, December 14, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio The 2017 Proxy Season – Mid-Season Review and Tips for a Successful Outcome - The 2017 Proxy Season – Mid-Season Review and Tips for a Successful Outcome, Friday, March 10, 2017
Filings Under the ’34 Securities Act - Filings Under the ’34 Securities Act, Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Engagement Today: Revisiting the Relationship with Shareholders - Engagement Today: Revisiting the Relationship with Shareholders, Monday, November 13, 2017
Developments and Best Practices in Executive Compensation - Developments and Best Practices in Executive Compensation, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Performance Based Compensation - Performance Based Compensation, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Annual Reporting Practices and Shareholder Meeting - Annual Reporting Practices and Shareholder Meeting, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts The 2017 Proxy Season – Mid-Season Review and Tips for a Successful Outcome - The 2017 Proxy Season – Mid-Season Review and Tips for a Successful Outcome, Friday, March 10, 2017
Filings Under the ’34 Securities Act - Filings Under the ’34 Securities Act, Wednesday, September 13, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg The 2017 Proxy Season – Mid-Season Review and Tips for a Successful Outcome - The 2017 Proxy Season – Mid-Season Review and Tips for a Successful Outcome, Friday, March 10, 2017
Filings Under the ’34 Securities Act - Filings Under the ’34 Securities Act, Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Engagement Today: Revisiting the Relationship with Shareholders - Engagement Today: Revisiting the Relationship with Shareholders, Monday, November 13, 2017
Annual Reporting Practices and Shareholder Meeting - Annual Reporting Practices and Shareholder Meeting, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Performance Based Compensation - Performance Based Compensation, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Developments and Best Practices in Executive Compensation - Developments and Best Practices in Executive Compensation, Thursday, December 14, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters SEC Enhances Exemptions for Local Offerings (December 1, 2016) - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2017, Monday, March 13, 2017
Pay-to-Play Rules for Swap Dealers (August 30, 2016) - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2017, Monday, March 13, 2017
A New Chapter for Non-GAAP Financial Measures (June 28, 2016) - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2017, Monday, March 13, 2017
SEC Proposes Rules Requiring the Use of Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Director Elections (December 6, 2016) - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2017, Monday, March 13, 2017
Covington & Burling LLP, Client Alert, Choice Act 2.0: Key Capital Markets and Securities Law Provisions (May 2, 2017) - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Covington & Burling LLP, Client Alert, SEC Signals Some Relief on Conflict Minerals Rule (April 17, 2017) - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Covington & Burling LLP, Client Alert, EU Adopts Final Regulation on Importation of Conflict Minerals (March 28, 2017) - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Covington & Burling LLP, Client Alert, SEC Requires Hyperlinks to Exhibits (April 11, 2017) - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Covington & Burling LLP, Client Alert, SEC Permits All Companies to File Certain Registration Statements Confidentially (July 5, 2017) - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 2017
SEC Signals Some Relief on Conflict Minerals Rule (April 17, 2017) - Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual), Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Circuits Split on Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Law Judges (January 4, 2017) - Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual), Wednesday, November 29, 2017
SEC Proposes Rules Requiring the Use of Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Director Elections (December 6, 2016) - Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual), Wednesday, November 29, 2017
SEC Provides New Guidance on Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule (September 26, 2017) - Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual), Wednesday, November 29, 2017
EU Adopts Final Regulation on Importation of Conflict Minerals (March 28, 2017) - Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual), Wednesday, November 29, 2017
SEC Permits All Companies to File Certain Registration Statements Confidentially (July 5, 2017) - Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual), Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Any Agreements with Employees Might Implicate Whistleblower Rules (September 30, 2016) - Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual), Wednesday, November 29, 2017
SEC Enhances Exemptions for Local Offerings (December 1, 2016) - Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual), Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The Supreme Court Limits the SEC’s Disgorgement Power (June 7, 2017) - Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual), Wednesday, November 29, 2017
SEC Requires Hyperlinks to Exhibits: Also Proposes Rules Requiring Use of Inline XBRL (April 11, 2017) - Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual), Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Choice Act 2.0: Key Capital Markets and Securities Law Provisions (May 2, 2017) - Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual), Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The Supreme Court Limits Newman, but the Government Still Faces Obstacles in Insider Trading Cases (December 8, 2016) - Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual), Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Covington & Burling LLP, Capital Markets and Securities, SEC Proposes Rules Requiring the Use of Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Director Elections (December 6, 2016) - Annual Disclosure Documents 2017: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 11, 2017
Covington & Burling LLP, Securities, SEC Permits All Companies to File Certain Registration Statements Confidentially (July 5, 2017) - Annual Disclosure Documents 2017: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 11, 2017
Covington & Burling LLP, Capital Markets and Securities, Choice Act 2.0: Key Capital Markets and Securities Law Provisions (May 2, 2017) - Annual Disclosure Documents 2017: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 11, 2017
Covington & Burling LLP, Capital Markets and Securities, SEC Requires Hyperlinks to Exhibits, Also Proposes Rules Requiring Use of Inline XBRL (April 11, 2017) - Annual Disclosure Documents 2017: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 11, 2017
Covington & Burling LLP, Capital Markets and Securities, SEC Signals Some Relief on Conflict Minerals Rule (April 17, 2017) - Annual Disclosure Documents 2017: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 11, 2017
Covington & Burling LLP, Capital Markets and Securities, SEC Provides New Guidance on Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule (September 26, 2017) - Annual Disclosure Documents 2017: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 11, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2017, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, New York, NY
Securities Filings 2017: Practical Guidance in a Changing Environment, Sunday, September 17, 2017, New York, NY
49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Sunday, December 03, 2017, New York, NY
Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual), Wednesday, December 06, 2017, New York, NY
Annual Disclosure Documents 2017, Tuesday, December 19, 2017, New York, NY
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Fifteenth Annual)
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Global Capital Markets & the U.S. Securities Laws 2018, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, New York, NY
Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Sixteenth Annual), Thursday, November 29, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Global Capital Markets & the U.S. Securities Laws 2018, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, New York, NY
Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Sixteenth Annual) 2018, Thursday, November 29, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Global Capital Markets & the U.S. Securities Laws 2018, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
Global Capital Markets & the U.S. Securities Laws 2018, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Global Capital Markets & the U.S. Securities Laws 2018, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Sixteenth Annual) , Thursday, November 29, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Sixteenth Annual) , Thursday, November 29, 2018, Cleveland, OH
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