Gibson Dunn Adds Former SEC Counsel to the D.C. Office

February 28, 2012

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Blaise F. Brennan has joined the Washington, D.C. office as of counsel, where he will focus his practice on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, acquisition finance, corporate governance and securities regulatory issues. 

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Brennan served on the executive staff at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from 2009 through 2011 as counsel to Commissioners Kathleen L. Casey and Daniel M. Gallagher.  In that capacity, he advised primarily on regulatory recommendations from the Division of Corporation Finance, including implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  He also advised on recommendations from the Office of the Chief Accountant and the Enforcement Division.  Prior to his tenure at the SEC, Brennan practiced for nearly eight years in the areas of corporate transactions, corporate governance and securities regulation in the London and Washington, D.C. offices of another international law firm.

Blaise’s expertise fits perfectly with the strengths of our corporate practice.  He has extensive capital markets and other transactional experience, coupled with a deep understanding of securities regulatory issues from his tenure at the SEC,” said Howard B. Adler, Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate Transactions Practice Group. 

“Blaise’s addition will enhance our deep bench of former SEC officials,” said Amy Goodman, Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance Practice Group, who also served in a number of senior and policy-level positions during her 11-year tenure at the SEC.  “He was with the SEC during a very dynamic time for regulation, especially in terms of Dodd-Frank.  With that experience he will provide valuable insight for our clients.” 

Brennan graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2001.