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Meredith B. Cross

Meredith B. Cross

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Meredith Cross is a partner in the Transactional and Securities Departments, and a member of the Corporate Practice and Strategic Response Group in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.  Ms. Cross advises public companies and their boards on disclosure and other corporate finance securities law and corporate governance matters, including SEC enforcement matters involving corporate finance issues.  Ms. Cross rejoined the firm in 2013, after having served as Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the SEC since 2009.

While serving as the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the SEC, Ms. Cross led the Division's efforts to implement both the Dodd-Frank Act and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. Under her leadership, the Division recommended close to 60 rulemaking releases to the Commission.   Ms. Cross testified before Congress numerous times on a broad range of issues including corporate governance, capital formation, risk retention in asset-backed securities offerings, executive compensation oversight, and agency management and budget.
 
Before first joining WilmerHale in 1998, Ms. Cross served in a variety of positions in the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC from 1990 to 1998, including Deputy Director, Associate Director (International and Small Business) and Chief Counsel.  Prior to first joining the SEC staff, she was an associate and counsel at King & Spalding in Atlanta from 1983-1990.  She clerked for Judge Albert J. Henderson of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1982-1983). 

Ms. Cross currently serves as Chair of the Securities Regulation Institute.  She is a frequent speaker at securities and corporate governance law conferences sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute and other organizations.  She is a member of the Securities Institute Advisory Committee, a Fellow in the American College of Governance Counsel, and previously served as a member of the ABA Corporate Laws Committee.  She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins.

Education

JD, Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1982, Order of the Coif, Vanderbilt Law Review

BA, cum laude, Duke University, 1979

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized for her exceptional securities practice in the 2006-2009, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2005-2017 editions ofBest Lawyers in America for securities and capital markets law. Named by Best Lawyers as Washington DC Securities/Capital Markets "Lawyer of the Year" in 2017. 
  • Recipient of the 2014 Linda Quinn Lifetime Achievement Award by TheCorporateCounsel.net
  • Named to the NACD Directorship 100, A Who's Who of the American Corporate Governance Community, in 2010
  • Recognized as a Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer in 2003
Meredith B. Cross is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2017, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, Columbus, OH
Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
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