The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Anne Small has been named General Counsel of the federal agency.
Ms. Anne Small comes to Securities and Exchange Commission from the White House Counsel’s Office where she served as a special assistance to the President and Associate Counsel to the President since 2011. Ms. Small has advised on legal policy questions with a focus on economic issues.
Anne Small, prior to being named General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission, previously worked at the SEC as Deputy General Counsel for Adjudication and Litigation, helping to oversee enforcement issues, adjudications, and appellate matters. Ms. Small becomes the first woman to serve as General Counsel of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
“I am thrilled that Anne will be returning to the agency at a moment when our rule writing is in full swing and our program continues to attack cases involving complex transactions,” said Mary Jo White, the chair of the agency. “The Securities and Exchange Commission will benefit from Ms. Small’s judgment, experience, and talent.”
Before assuming a role with the federal government, Ms. Small was employed with WilmerHale LLP, where she served as partner in the litigation unit. Ms. Small was involved in securities and commercial litigation, a wide range of criminal and civil matters, and trial work.
In response to her hiring, Ms. Small said, “It is an absolute honor to return to the Securities and Exchange Commission. I look forward to working with the staff in the General Counsel’s Office and serving Mrs. White and the other professionals in the agency to protect investors.
Ms. Anne Small is expected to arrive at the Securities and Exchange Commission soon and will succeed former General Counsel Geoffrey Aronow, who will become a senior member to the Chairman.
Ms. Small started her law career as a clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals and for Justice Stephen Beyer on the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Small received her J.D. in 2001 from Harvard Law School, where she earned the Sears Prize and served as the President for the Harvard Law Review.