Former High-Level SEC Official and BankAmerica General Counsel Joins Kilpatrick Stockton

Washington, DC Office Continues Strategic Growth with Addition of Michael J. Halloran

WASHINGTON, DC (APRIL 6 – LAWFUEL) – Kilpatrick Stockton announced today that former United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) senior official, and former BankAmerica General Counsel, Michael J. Halloran has joined the firm’s Washington, DC office. Mr. Halloran, who served as Counselor to the Chairman and Deputy Chief of Staff of the SEC, will be a partner on the Kilpatrick Stockton Financial Institutions and Mergers/Acquisitions and Securities Teams in the firm’s Corporate Department.

“Mike represents the type of attorney this firm attracts – a quality person who knows how to deliver effective and creative client service,” said Bill Dorris, C0-Managing Partner, Kilpatrick Stockton. “This high-profile addition continues the outstanding momentum that the DC office created with the very successful Muldoon, Murphy & Aguggia merger in May of last year. Mike will serve as a key resource — on an already strong team — for counseling clients on complex SEC and banking regulatory matters, for representing developing stage companies to large public companies, and on many other matters. The firm greatly looks forward to working with Mike.”

“We are excited to have someone of Mike’s stature join our expanding Financial Institutions and Mergers/Acquisitions and Securities Teams,” said Paul Aguggia, Chair, Kilpatrick Stockton Financial Institutions Team. “Mike brings an immense depth of experience from his leadership roles at the SEC, BankAmerica and at another national law firm. This addition presents a unique opportunity to extend the profile of the firm while broadening our financial institutions expertise along with venture capital and developing stage company capabilities.”

“I wanted to be a part of a firm that shared my commitment to provide outstanding client service and strategically grow its corporate and financial institutions practices — I found that in Kilpatrick Stockton,” said Michael J. Halloran, Partner. “My years of experience in the private and public sectors will provide new and existing clients with a unique perspective and in-depth knowledge which can be especially critical in these challenging economic times. I look forward to helping our clients effectively navigate through this new regulatory landscape, both securities and banking. I also look forward to helping develop the venture capital and technology-based company practice I engaged in for years in Silicon Valley.”

From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Halloran was Group Executive Vice President and General Counsel with BankAmerica Corporation. In that role, he served as Chief Worldwide Legal Officer for BankAmerica, managing over 450 employees, including 185 attorneys, and was advisor to the Board and senior management. He negotiated, closed and implemented more than 30 acquisitions, including some of the then largest and most complex in the banking industry, resulting in BankAmerica becoming one of the largest financial institutions in the world.

Mr. Halloran, who worked at the top level of the SEC from 2006 to May, 2008, played a key role as Counselor to the Chairman. He advised the Chairman on the SEC’s program to promote investor protection and capital formation and acted as primary legal counsel to the Chairman. As Deputy Chief of Staff, he administered for the Chairman the divisions and offices of the SEC that have a legal focus, such as Corporation Finance, Investment Management, Trading and Markets, and Enforcement, and also administered the Office of Chief Accountant.

Just prior to his service with the SEC, Mr. Halloran was a partner with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman LLP where he served as firm-wide Co-Chair of the Corporate Securities Group and Business Law Sections. In his 32 years with the firm — in two distinguished stints — Mr. Halloran acted as general outside corporate advisor to numerous technology and other companies and financial institutions, both large and small, public and private. He was a lead advisor on multiple forms of corporate finance and structuring transactions worth hundreds of billions of dollars, including formation of private equity funds and advice on portfolio investments, acquisitions, all forms of corporate and partnership offerings, investment company and investment advisory firms and funds.

Mr. Halloran is also a frequent speaker and publisher. He recently spoke at the National Association of Corporate Directors Annual Corporate Governance Conference in October in Washington, DC, at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting Section of Business Law Banking Law Committee in New York in August, and at the Corporate Director Mid-Cap Company Audit Committee Conference in Chicago in December. Mr. Halloran is the lead editor of Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation, a leading text on fund formation, portfolio investment in developing stage companies and public offerings, which has been updated every year since 1981. He has also authored numerous white papers and articles.

Mr. Halloran is co-chairman of the American Bar Association Banking Law Committee Task Force on Regulatory Restructuring and will speak on that subject at its upcoming meeting April 16-17 in Vancouver. Mr. Halloran noted: “I expect to participate in the activities surrounding the regulatory restructuring which is taking place as we speak in Washington DC.” He is a Fellow of the Rock Center on Corporate Governance at Stanford, and will speak at the Stanford Directors College on June 22 about “The New Regulatory Regime: Boardroom Implications.”

Mr. Halloran received both his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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