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Knute J. Salhus

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

New York, NY, USA

Knute Salhus has practiced corporate and securities law for more than 25 years, both in private practice and as Special Counsel with the Division of Corporation Finance of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. His practice focuses on corporate finance, governance, business transactions and federal securities law compliance.


Mr. Salhus advises domestic and foreign companies and financial institutions regarding corporate and securities law issues arising in their business, including disclosure and other requirements under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and the Dodd-Frank Act. He also assists clients in structuring and negotiating strategic business transactions, and complying with evolving governance standards and stock exchange rules. Mr. Salhus has experience in a broad range of transactions, including public and private securities offerings (representing issuers, underwriters and investors), mergers and acquisitions, securitizations and other financing transactions.

During his tenure at the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (1992-1997), Mr. Salhus had primary responsibility for legal and policy issues arising in public offerings and filings in the structured finance, entertainment, technology, insurance and investment banking groups.

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Legal 500 United States for his corporate governance practice

Professional Activities

Mr. Salhus is a member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association (Business Law Section) and the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni. He is a frequent writer and speaker on securities law topics.


  • Transactional
    • Corporate
      • Public Company Counseling
    • Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits
  • Cross-Border Transactions


JD, with High Honors, Rutgers University, 1987, Editor, Rutgers Law Review

BA, Cornell University, 1979

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Government Experience

  • Securities and Exchange Commission
    • Division of Corporation Finance
      • Special Counsel
Knute J. Salhus is associated with the following items:
Live Webcast Briefing  Live Webcast Briefing Refreshing Your Risk Factor Disclosure - Brexit, Cyber, LIBOR and Other Considerations, Thursday, January 17, 2019

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