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Chief of Staff of Ex-SEC Head White Rejoins Shearman & Sterling

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Lona Nallengara, chief of staff for former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White, has rejoined Shearman & Sterling’s capital markets and corporate governance practices in New York.

Nallengara, who served as White’s chief of staff from 2013 to 2015, was White’s top advisor on all issues, including policy development, rulemaking, strategy and management.

He led the rulemaking and implementation efforts related to all mandates under the Dodd-Frank and Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Acts and directed the SEC’s asset management, market structure, public company disclosure effectiveness and private offering reform programs.

Before leaving Shearman & Sterling in 2011 to serve as the SEC’s deputy director of the division of corporate finance and later as its acting director, Nallengara practiced at Shearman & Sterling as an associate and then a partner for 13 years.

Nallengara advises companies, financial institutions and their boards on capital market transactions, corporate governance matters and financial regulatory process.

“I am thrilled to be back at Shearman & Sterling,” said Nallengara, in a statement. “The firm is a leading force in the capital markets, corporate governance and financial regulatory arenas. I look forward to working again with my talented colleagues to serve our clients’ needs in these important areas.”

Shearman & Sterling’s Corporate Governance Group attorneys include former SEC directors and senior staff members, attorneys who have served as federal prosecutors and who have held supervisory positions within the U.S. Department of Justice, and former leaders of other regulatory agencies. 

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