Yesterday, the SEC announced that Renee Jones will serve as Corp Fin’s next Director. Renee most recently served as Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston College Law School, where she taught courses in corporations, securities regulation, startup company governance, and financial regulation. Previously, she represented private and public companies on corporate and securities matters at Boston law firm, Hill & Barlow. Coming in from academia isn’t entirely new, as John Coates was a long-time academic when he was appointed as the Division’s Acting Director, but traditionally the head of Corp Fin has been a practitioner.
Along with Renee’s appointment, after having served as Corp Fin’s Acting Director since February 2021, John Coates was named SEC General Counsel. Both appointments are effective June 21st.
– Lynn Jokela