Securities Update 2018: Recent Developments and Impact on Securities, Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 66 minutes
Recorded Date: October 05, 2018
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11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • SEC Enforcement Trends
  • Cryptocurrency/ICO's
  • Cybersecurity
  • Civil Litigation Trends
  • Mediation
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: October 5, 2018


An end-of-the-year roundup on significant events in the securities, regulatory and financial marketplace space, focusing on new challenges presented to in-house counsel and outside firms.

This session will include an analysis of current securities laws and regulations. In addition, it will provide practical suggestions on avoiding, litigating, arbitrating, and mediating securities matters.

This program was recorded as part of Corporate Counsel's Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference held on October 5th, 2018.

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Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference


Amanda M. MacDonald

William & Connolly, LLP

Amanda MacDonald focuses her practice on complex civil litigation, securities litigation, and regulatory investigations. She has represented corporations, professional firms, senior executives, and other individuals in a broad range of cases in federal and state courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, and in arbitration proceedings. Amanda represents clients in a range of substantive areas of civil litigation, including securities law, commercial disputes, and class actions. Amanda has represented several companies and individual defendants in large securities fraud class actions in federal courts around the country. Recently, Amanda served on the trial teams representing HSBC Holdings and Pfizer Inc. in shareholder securities class actions, both of which settled shortly before trial. She currently represents a large medical device manufacturer in connection with another securities class action pending in federal court in Minnesota. Amanda also represents public accounting firms in a variety of matters, including regulatory investigations and professional malpractice actions. She has also represented clients in criminal and regulatory investigations before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Amanda was recently featured in the American Bar Association’s “Women in Law” issue of Law Practice Today where she discussed the advancement of women in the law and the state of women in the legal profession. She co-founded and co-chairs the firm’s Women’s Initiative, and is a member of the Associate Management Committee.

Jan M. Folena

Supervisory Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Jan is a Supervisory Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement – Trial Unit, where she has handled many of the Commission’s most complex and high profile matters since 2007.

Prior to the SEC, Jan was a Chief Trial Attorney with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where she supervised and handled complex derivatives litigation. Jan has over 20 years of federal court civil litigation experience beginning as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, Commercial Litigation Branch in 1998. She also served as an Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of Philadelphia where, in addition to handling a felony docket, she defended death penalty habeas corpus petitions filed against the Commonwealth.

Jan earned her JD from the Syracuse University College of Law where she was the Managing Editor of the Journal of International Law and Commerce. She earned her BA from the University of Delaware where she graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Sara E. Gilley

Vice President
Cornerstone Research

Sara Gilley specializes in securities and white collar litigation. She consults on economic and financial issues related to federal class actions, corporate investigations, and government enforcement activity. Ms. Gilley also has experience in matters brought under international securities laws. She works with clients in all phases of litigation, including motion to dismiss, class certification, merits, and testimony.

Ms. Gilley manages the firm’s research related to enforcement actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and publishes regularly on this topic. She also has experience analyzing class certification, loss causation, and damages in a range of contract disputes and litigation. Her work spans numerous industries, including financial institutions, professional services, the automotive industry, life sciences, and high tech.

Maryana Zubok

Senior Corporate Counsel
Pfizer, Inc.

MARYANA ZUBOK is Senior Corporate Counsel within Pfizer Inc.’s Government Litigation Group where she handles criminal and civil government investigations, subpoenas, and enforcement actions in the U.S. and around the world. She also manages significant litigation brought by private litigants, including healthcare-related qui tam litigation and federal securities class actions brought against the company and its executives.

Before joining Pfizer, Ms. Zubok was a partner in Goodwin Procter's White Collar Group in New York where she represented corporations and individuals in connection with investigations and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal and state government agencies.

Antonia Chion

Associate Director
U.S. SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission)

Antonia Chion is an Associate Director and co-head of the Broker-Dealer Task Force of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, where she assists in planning and directing the Commission’s enforcement program. Ms. Chion joined the Commission in 1988 and then served in several positions of increasing responsibility in the Enforcement program. During her tenure at the Commission, Ms. Chion has led significant investigations involving a broad array of subjects, including misconduct by regulated entities, market manipulation, financial fraud, violations of the FCPA, and insider trading. Last year Ms. Chion received the Distinguished Service Award, the SEC’s highest honorary award presented to long-time SEC employees who have made major contributions to the work of the Commission. In 2000 she received the Stanley Sporkin Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the SEC's enforcement program. In subsequent years, she was a recipient of the Commission’s Law and Policy Award, Capital Markets Award, and the Chairman’s Award for Excellence.

Before joining the Commission, Ms. Chion was the Deputy Bureau Chief of the Narcotics Bureau in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she previously served as a supervisor and trial assistant district attorney.

She received her A.B. from Tufts University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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