Kevin R. Edgar

Counsel

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Kevin Edgar’s extensive career in public policy, strategy, financial services and the macro-political process spans from work in the New York Stock Exchange to the United States House of Representatives. Kevin joined the firm after working for more than a decade on Capitol Hill, first as a senior counsel and then Chief Counsel of the House Financial Services Committee. 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 communicates public policy goals, 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 advises clients on compliance measures and industry best practices. Additionally, his market intel and broad network enable him to counsel clients on how the Congress and regulatory agencies can impact corporate governance, lending, investing, innovation and growth. With over 20 years of experience, Kevin brings a wealth of industry and public policy insight to his clients’ matters.

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  • Prepared a witness for two-days of Congressional testimony before the House Finance 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.
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Experience

  • Prepared a witness for two-days of Congressional testimony before the House Finance 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 SEC’s concept release on the harmonization of public and private offerings.
  • Advised multiple clients on legislation that would alter the trading of non-US public companies on US securities exchanges.
  • 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).
  • Executed Republican strategy regarding oversight of the 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

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