Kevin R. Edgar

Counsel

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Kevin Edgar has almost 25 years of financial services experience, including working for a national securities exchange, a regulator and Congress. His prior government experience as Chief Counsel of the Committee on Financial Services is particularly useful when helping clients navigate legislation, regulatory initiatives and Congressional investigations, as well as corporate governance matters that affect all public companies.

Kevin joined the firm after working for more than a decade on Capitol Hill, first as a senior counsel for capital markets and then Chief Counsel of the House Committee on Financial Services. He served on the Committee staff during the financial crisis and the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (P.L. 111-203). Kevin handled all aspects of capital markets policy for the Committee, including oversight of the Securities and Exchange Commission, FASB, MSRB, the PCAOB and SIPC. He managed the development of the Committee’s capital formation agenda and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups or JOBS Act (P.L. 112-106). As Chief Counsel, he oversaw the Committee’s legislative, oversight and investigations agenda and interacted regularly with House leadership and the Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee. Kevin’s work resulted in the enactment of numerous public laws on banking and regulatory relief, derivatives, capital formation and national security. Kevin communicates public policy goals, and analyzes and develops regulatory and legislative initiatives. He possesses a deep understanding of legislative and regulatory processes, and how government agencies interact with one another. Utilizing his substantial comprehension of financial laws and regulations, Kevin provides strategic advice and counsels clients on compliance measures and industry best practices. Additionally, his market intel and broad network enable him to advise clients on how the Congress and regulatory agencies can impact corporate governance, lending, investing, innovation and growth. Prior to his tenure on the House Financial Services Committee, Kevin worked for the New York Stock Exchange and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. With almost 25 years of experience, Kevin brings a wealth of industry and public policy insight to his clients’ matters.

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  • Serves as counsel to a financial markets trade association organized to advocate and educate policymakers about issues that impact the U.S. equity markets.
  • Prepared a witness for their first Congressional testimony before the House Financial Services Committee on issues related to equity market structure, clearance and settlement and market volatility.
  • Authored a comment letter for a trade association in response to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s market data infrastructure rulemaking proposal.
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Experience

  • Serves as counsel to a financial markets trade association organized to advocate and educate policymakers about issues that impact the U.S. equity markets.
  • Prepared a witness for their first Congressional testimony before the House Financial Services Committee on issues related to equity market structure, clearance and settlement and market volatility.
  • Authored a comment letter for a trade association in response to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s market data infrastructure rulemaking proposal.
  • Prepared a witness for two days of Congressional testimony before the House Financial Services Committee and Senate Banking Committee.
  • Counseled a broker-dealer through the development, filing, review and submission of its Form ATS.
  • Served as co-counsel to a financial institution with regards to its compliance program for consumer finance laws.
  • Developed a response to the Securities and Exchange Commission's concept release on the harmonization of public and private offerings.
  • Advised multiple clients on legislation that would alter the trading of non-U.S. public companies on U.S. securities exchanges.

Congressional Experience

  • Developed and supervised the drafting of the “Small Business Credit Availability Act,” legislation to modernize the Business Development Company regulatory regime, which became law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018.
  • Co-wrote the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), reauthorizing and modernizing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). FIRRMA was included as part of the conference report to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2019 Fiscal Year.
  • Supervised the drafting and introduction of the “Financial CHOICE Act of 2017” (H.R. 10, 115th Congress).
  • Developed and executed the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services ongoing capital formation agenda, resulting in the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups or “JOBS” Act (P.L. 112-106) and the capital markets provisions contained in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation or “FAST Act” (P.L. 114-94).
  • As Chief Securities Counsel, executed Republican strategy regarding oversight of the U.S. capital markets and SEC, FASB, MSRB, PCAOB, SIPC, FINRA and self-regulatory organizations.
  • Managed and executed amendments made to Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act contained in the FY 2015 and FY 2016 Appropriations Acts and TRIA Reauthorization Act of 2015.
  • Drafted the capital markets provisions of the “Financial CHOICE Act of 2016.”
  • Organized, developed and crafted legislative alternatives and Republican opposition to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (P.L. 111-203) including: advisors to private funds, Volcker Rule and securities (Titles IV, VI and IX); corporate governance (Titles IX and XV); derivatives (Title VII); Financial Market Utility (Title VIII); non-bank systemic designations (Title I); and the SEC’s structure and funding (Title IX).

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar Association

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Prior Positions

  • U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Financial Services: Chief Counsel (2017 to 2019); Chief Securities Counsel (2016 to 2017); Senior Counsel (2007 to 2016)
  • Public Company Accounting Oversight Board: Associate Director, Government Relations (2006 to 2007)
  • New York Stock Exchange: Senior Counsel (2006); Special Counsel and Director of Public Affairs (2001 to 2005); Special Counsel (2000 to 2001); Counsel (1999 to 2000); Associate (1997 to 1999)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Education

  • J.D., University of Dayton School of Law, 1996
  • B.A., Boston College, 1993, cum laude

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Ohio Clock
Proposed Federal Crypto Legislation Supported by Digital Asset Ecosystem; Consumer Advocacy Groups Balk, Ohio Clock
By Kevin R. Edgar
June 16, 2022
New bipartisan Senate legislation aims to create a regulatory framework for federal oversight of digital assets. But would the proposal balance innovation and consumer protection? Will Congress act on this crypto legislation? The Federal...
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Blockchain Monitor
Proposed Federal Crypto Legislation Supported by Digital Asset Ecosystem; Consumer Advocacy Groups Balk
By Kevin R. Edgar, Teresa Goody Guillén, Nicholas C. Mowbray, Veronica Reynolds, Michelle N. Tanney
June 15, 2022
On June 7, Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced S. 4356, the Responsible Financial Innovation Act (Lummis-Gillibrand Bill). If enacted, the legislation would create a regulatory framework for federal...
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Ohio Clock
Kevin Edgar Submits Written Testimony about Proposed Federal Legislation that Amounts to "Direct Assaults on U.S. Exchanges"
By Kevin R. Edgar
April 1, 2022
On March 30, 2022, Counsel Kevin Edgar submitted written testimony for the record on behalf of client the Equity Markets Association (EMA) at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on...
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Blockchain Monitor
Executive Order Launches Comprehensive US Policy and Action Plan for Digital Assets
By Kevin R. Edgar, Jonathan A. Forman, Adam D. Gale, Teresa Goody Guillén, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Joanna F. Wasick
March 17, 2022
On March 9, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets (EO) and the White House released a corresponding fact sheet summarizing related key policy objectives. As discussed in...
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Biden's Executive Order on Digital Assets could Revolutionize U.S. Cryptocurrency Market
By Kevin R. Edgar
March 17, 2022
The Federal Policy team’s Kevin Edgar co-authored an analysis of President Joe Biden’s executive order on developing a U.S. digital currency – among the most significant developments in the burgeoning domestic cryptocurrency market. Click...
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