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Robert Plesnarski


Rob Plesnarski is a partner in O'Melveny's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Capital Markets and Corporate Practices. He represents public and private companies, investment banks, private equity funds, hedge funds, and other clients, in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory, transactional and corporate matters.

Rob advises issuers of securities, underwriters and institutional investors in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, forward/option-based and other equity derivative transactions, mergers/acquisitions and corporate financings. Rob counsels public companies, ranging from Fortune 500 to newly-public companies, on securities law compliance, as well as counseling public companies on corporate governance, executive compensation and disclosure best practices. Rob also advises clients with respect to Section 13(d) beneficial ownership reporting, Section 16 compliance and SEC enforcement matters. Rob’s statutory expertise includes the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the JOBS Act.

Prior to joining O’Melveny, Rob served as Deputy Chief Counsel for the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance. Before joining the SEC, Rob practiced corporate and securities law at Arent Fox PLLC in Washington, DC.

Professional Activities

Board of Advisors, TheCorporateCounsel.net
Recipient, SEC Capital Markets Award (2001, 2002)
Honors, Chambers USA (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Temple University, J.D., 1991: cum laude; Temple Law Foundation Scholarship

Dartmouth College, B.A., 1987: magna cum laude

District of Columbia; Pennsylvania

The SEC’s New Crowdfunding Rules Under the JOBS Act to Become Effective May 2016 (Capital Markets)

Crowdfunding Portal Registration with the SEC Becomes Effective (Capital Markets)

NYSE Amends Procedures for Release of Material News by Listed Companies

SEC Issues Final Pay-Ratio Rule (Executive Compensation and Public Company Advisory Practices)

SEC Seeking Comment on Revisions to Audit Committee Disclosures

SEC Proposes Clawback Rule (Executive Compensation and Public Company Advisory Practices)

SEC Proposes Pay-for-Performance Disclosure Rule (Executive Compensation and Public Company Advisory Practices)

SEC Adopts JOBS Act Regulation A+

Industry Groups’ Emergency Motion for Full Stay Denied by DC Circuit 

Industry Groups File Motion for Full Stay of Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule

Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Statement on DC Court Of Appeals Decision on Conflict Minerals Rule 

DC Circuit Decision Holds Aspect of Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule Violates First Amendment, Creating Uncertainty on Rule Implementation

Administrative Law Judge Sanctions Chinese Affiliates of Big Four Accounting Firms (Capital Markets)

SEC Proposes JOBS Act Crowdfunding Rules (Capital Markets)

SEC Adopts Revisions to Regulation D and Rule 144A Allowing for General Solicitation and General Advertisement (Capital Markets)

SEC Staff Issues Revised Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation Clarifying Rule 144 Provisions Applicable to Sales of Securities by a Pledgee (Capital Markets)

FAQs on JOBS Act Amendments to Exchange Act Registration Thresholds (Public Company Advisory Group)

SEC Staff Publishes FAQs on JOBS Act Implementation (Public Company Advisory Group)

JOBS Act Approved by the US Congress (Public Company Advisory Group)

SEC Interpretive Letter to Bank of America Merrill Lynch expands the Scope of Derivative Transactions under the Rule 144 Safe Harbor (Corporate Finance/ Capital Markets)

The Department of the Treasury Has Announced Adoption of Form SLT (Investment Funds and Securitization)