Martin Dunn is a Corporate Finance partner based in Morrison & Foerster’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to his career in private law, Mr. Dunn spent 20 years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, having served as Chief Counsel, Deputy Director and Acting Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, as a highly respected counselor to public companies. Mr. Dunn “is an immensely respected regulatory expert… He provides high-end securities counseling on regulatory compliance and transactional matters.” as noted in Chambers USA 2013.
Fortune 500 clients turn to Mr. Dunn for his skillful counsel on critical issues they face. He offers a unique insider's perspective and clients admire his ability to apply practical guidance to situations that they face every day. He provides guidance on corporate governance and securities laws to newly formed publicly traded companies as well as to established ones. Mr. Dunn counsels companies through the public offering process, including compliance with the SEC requirements and responses to SEC comments.
In his role with the SEC, Mr. Dunn supervised the Corporation Finance Division’s Offices of Chief Counsel, Chief Accountant, Mergers and Acquisitions, International Corporate Finance, Rulemaking, Small Business and Enforcement Liaison. He oversaw many of the SEC’s most significant initiatives on disclosure, governance and capital-raising, including implementing scaled disclosure and registration forms for small businesses, adopting plain English requirements for prospectuses, implementing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, reforming the securities offering process and adopting revisions to Rule 144.
Mr. Dunn is top ranked for his high-end counsel by Chambers USA in the area of Securities Regulation: Advisory and is a recommended lawyer by Legal 500 USA for Capital Markets in Debt Offerings, Equity Offerings and High-Yield Offerings. During his career he was the recipient of numerous awards, such as SEC Capital Markets Award, SEC Regulatory Award, SEC Law and Policy Award, SEC Chairman’s Award for Excellence, Federal Bar Association’s Philip A. Loomis, Jr. Award, SEC Chairman’s Plain English Award and SEC Supervisory Excellence Award.
Mr. Dunn is frequently sought after to speak, write and comment on securities law topics. He is co-editor of the widely read newsletter, The Corporate Counsel a premier publication in the field. He has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, as well as on the faculty of Practicing Law Institute.