Treasury, State Lawyers Go to Firms: Business of Law

The departures from the Obama administration are continuing apace. Chadbourne & Parke LLP announced yesterday that Julissa Reynoso, the U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay, would join the firm later this month, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP said that Cyrus Amir-Mokri, the former assistant secretary for financial institutions at the U.S. Treasury Department, rejoined the firm as a partner in its New York office.

Amir-Mokri will resume his complex-litigation and advisory practice at Skadden. He had been confirmed by the Senate as assistant secretary in November 2011, a position he held until April 2014. Before serving at Treasury, Amir-Mokri was, from 2009-2011, senior counsel to Gary Gensler, the former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Through his work at Treasury and the CFTC, Amir-Mokri was involved in both the passage and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act and other aspects of financial reform.

In addition to working with U.S. and non-U.S. financial regulatory agencies on issues of financial stability, market structure, and safety and soundness, Amir-Mokri was responsible for developing and coordinating Treasury’s policy on insurance, consumer financial services and cybersecurity, the firm said in a statement.

His most recent policy development efforts focused on the impact of emerging information and telecommunications technology on the financial services sector. In particular, he supervised Treasury’s efforts to develop a framework for cybersecurity policy and to coordinate the federal government’s response to incidents in the financial sector.

At Skadden, Amir-Mokri will represent clients in complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation and investigations, with a focus on matters relating to the financial services sector. He also will advise on global regulatory and operational risk matters.

Eric Friedman, Skadden’s executive partner, said in a statement that Amir-Mokri is “uniquely positioned to provide our clients with practical guidance on the evolving nature of global financial services regulation and enforcement.”

Arbitration and Latin America

Julissa Reynoso served for nearly three years in Uruguay, during which time the countries expanded economic and commercial ties and opened new markets, Chadbourne said in a statement.

Prior to her nomination, Reynoso served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State. Before joining the department, Reynoso practiced law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, focusing on international arbitration and antitrust law.

She is joining Chadbourne’s international arbitration and Latin American practice groups.

“Our clients will be benefit greatly from her unparalleled understanding of the business and institutional culture of the region, and she will offer clients in Latin America and abroad enhanced service and counsel based upon her unique and complex experience negotiating throughout the region,” Mark Beckett, head of Chadbourne’s international arbitration practice, said in a statement.

FTC Lawyer Joining Perkins Coie in Its Washington Office

Janis Kestenbaum has joined the Washington office of Perkins Coie LLP as a partner in the firm’s privacy and security practice. Kestenbaum was most recently Senior Legal Advisor to Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez.

In her role at the FTC, she advised Ramirez on privacy, advertising, and other consumer protection issues.

Her areas of expertise included domestic and international privacy and data security matters, including enforcement actions and policy issues involving the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, mobile, data security, the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor, big data and predictive analytics, data brokers, social networks and online tracking, as well as advertising and marketing issues.

GE Lawyer Leaves In-House Work for Gibson Dunn in New York

Lori Zyskowski, executive counsel, corporate, securities and finance at General Electric Co., will join the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as a partner in January.

She will focus on securities regulation, corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters, the firm said in a statement.

Zyskowski focuses on Securities and Exchange Commission compliance and disclosure issues, corporate governance best practices, state corporate laws, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and SEC regulations. At GE, she advised the board of directors and senior management on corporate governance and securities law issues.

In addition, Zyskowski was responsible for outreach to institutional investors on governance and executive compensation issues and oversaw the company’s review and response to shareholder proposals, as well as the company’s SEC and New York Stock Exchange filings. She also advised on mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and financial services regulatory matters.