June 11, 2021

Farewell to Abbie Arms

It is with a heavy heart that I share the sad news that we lost a legend of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance and the securities bar, Abbie Arms. Abbie passed away on May 19, 2021 at the age of 73 after a long and difficult battle with lung disease. For many years, Abbie served in key senior positions in Corp Fin, where she shaped regulatory policy on many important capital markets and public company issues.

Abbie was a brilliant securities lawyer who was highly skilled at analyzing complex issues and formulating appropriate regulatory responses that were consistent with the Commission’s investor protection mandate. Abbie loved working at the SEC and mentoring and teaching young lawyers in the Division. In my formative years at the SEC, I learned much about the operation of the Securities Act from being in meetings with Abbie, and I still use and value those insights to this day.

After leaving the SEC, Abbie practiced for many years at Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she was able to assist the firm’s clients with her extraordinary knowledge and skills as a securities lawyer. She also served as a Trustee of the SEC Historical Society from 2007-2013. Abbie was a loving and compassionate person who was loved and admired by her family, friends, co-workers and community. We will greatly miss Abbie and we offer our sincerest condolences to her family and many friends.

Dave Lynn