Vedder Thinking | News Vedder Price Expands its Washington, DC Presence with W. Thomas Conner
June 5, 2017
Vedder Price is pleased to announce that former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) attorney W. Thomas (Tom) Conner has joined the firm as a Shareholder in its Investment Services group in the Washington, DC office.
Mr. Conner’s practice concentrates on the representation of financial services companies, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and insurance companies issuing fixed and variable annuity and life insurance products. He specializes in navigating the complex regulatory requirements governing insurance and securities products, including the federal securities laws administered by the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the rules of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the National Futures Association (NFA), as well as state insurance laws and regulations.
“Vedder Price is world renowned for its excellent representation of the financial services industry and I am thrilled to join a group of such accomplished advisors and partners,” said Conner. “I look forward to serving my clients with the support of my new colleagues, and growing our practice alongside the companies we represent.”
Prior to joining Vedder Price, Mr. Conner was a partner at both Reed Smith and Eversheds Sutherland. Prior to that, he was Vice President and General Counsel of the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI), where he was responsible for IRI's regulatory affairs program and represented the industry in many significant regulatory matters before the SEC, FINRA, and National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Tom also was a staff member of the SEC in the Office of Disclosure and Investment Adviser Regulation and the Office of Insurance Products.
“Tom solidifies our growing presence in our nation’s capital and further enhances our national investment services practice with his close relationships to so many relevant government bodies,” said Amy Bess, administrative shareholder of Vedder Price’s Washington, DC office. “We are excited to welcome an attorney of his caliber as we expand our DC office’s capabilities to better serve our growing client base.”
Vedder Price’s Washington, DC office is located a short walk from the White House and many government agencies. Its full-service offerings include attorneys who focus on government contracts, labor and employment, investments services, and global transportation finance.