Susan Merrill, the former enforcement chief at FINRA, is used to getting financial firms to adhere to securities regulations.

Who better to help a leading arbitration defense firm to expand its broker-dealer practice?

New York City-based Bingham McCutchen announced Monday it hired Merrill as a partner in its broker-dealer group, in New York. She will lead the law firm’s efforts to defend broker-dealer clients on market, enforcement and regulatory issues.

Merrill was not available to comment for this story, but information from Bingham McCutchen’s Web-site indicated she will arm the firm with strategies to guide broker-dealers through arbitration and mediation proceedings, especially as the regulatory environment changes. The firm’s 75 lawyers in its broker-dealer group appear regularly in each of the major arbitration forums, including those called by the industry self-regulatory organizations.  

“Susan joining our practice is another step in enhancing our nationally renowned securities enforcement team,” Neal Sullivan, the head of Bingham’s broker-dealer group and co-head of the firm¹s financial services area.
said. “Her keen insight and depth of knowledge from both the private and public sectors will provide immediate value to our clients.”

Merrill is the latest in a stream of officials from regulatory enforcement agencies to join Bingham’s in the last 16 months. Recent additions include George Aronow, the former enforcement director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Michael Wolk, a former chief counsel of market regulation at the NASD, which is now FINRA; Amy Kroll, a former SEC assistant general counsel; and Peggy Blake, a former lawyer in the Division of Market Regulation at the SEC.

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