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Jones Day welcomes Laura S. Pruitt to Financial Institutions Litigation & Regulation Practice in Washington

The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Laura S. Pruitt has joined the Firm's Financial Institutions Litigation & Regulation Practice as a partner in its Washington Office.

Ms. Pruitt counsels clients on securities law and market regulation issues ranging from broker-dealer registration and compliance issues, alternative trading systems and equity trading, derivatives, investment adviser regulation and transfer agent, data privacy, and anti-money laundering rules.

She also represents clients in connection with investigations and enforcement actions before the Securities and Exchange Commission and self-regulatory organizations. In addition, Ms. Pruitt has conducted independent compliance reviews in connection with the settlement of SEC enforcement actions.

"The current regulatory environment leaves financial and securities market participants potentially vulnerable to a wide range of complicated investigations, enforcement actions, and regulatory compliance issues," said Tony Dias, who co-leads Jones Day's Financial Institutions Litigation & Regulation Practice. "Laura's broad experience, in both the private sector and in public service, make her a particularly strong addition to what is already a very effective practice. We look forward to her contributions and welcome her to Jones Day."

Ms. Pruitt previously served as senior counsel in the Office of the General Counsel and as special counsel in the Office of the Chief Counsel in the Division of Market Regulation (now the Division of Trading & Markets) at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. In these roles she worked on various rulemaking initiatives and interpretations, assisted the Commission in responding to congressional inquiries, and reviewed enforcement actions brought before the Commission on behalf of the general counsel.

"Laura’s arrival demonstrates that Jones Day remains committed to providing our clients access to premier legal talent that can address their most complex legal challenges involving financial regulations and securities laws," added Kevyn Orr, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Washington Office. "Her work with broker-dealers, investment advisors, and numerous financial institutions has earned her a very strong reputation as a lawyer who represents her clients effectively in registration, regulatory, and compliance matters. We are all very happy that she is joining us at Jones Day."

Since 2010, Ms. Pruitt has been recognized as a top practitioner in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance) – Nationwide category. She has also been named to The Best Lawyers in America© for 2018 in the area of Securities/Capital Markets Law. Admitted to the District of Columbia and New York Bars, Ms. Pruitt is also a member of the Association of SEC Alumni and other industry groups.

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

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