Robert Plesnarski


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Rob Plesnarski represents public and private companies, investment banks, private equity funds, hedge funds and other market participants in a full range of regulatory and transactional securities law matters.

Rob provides securities law regulatory advice to issuers, underwriters and institutional investors in US and international public and private offerings of equity, debt and derivative securities, with a particular focus on transactions involving equity derivatives or restricted or control securities. Rob also counsels Fortune 100 corporations, small public companies, investment funds and other clients in connection with federal and state securities law topics, including SEC disclosure best practices, corporate governance, beneficial ownership reporting under Sections 13 and 16 of the Exchange Act, SEC rules related to federal proxy matters, mergers and acquisitions and tender offers, and SEC enforcement matters. Rob regularly provides securities law advice with respect to the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Investment Advisors Act of 1940, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the JOBS Act.

Rob is consistently selected for inclusion as a top lawyer in Chambers USA, with Chambers noting that Rob “came highly recommended by sources, with several stressing his strength of substantive knowledge and his excellent rapport with clients” and that "on extremely complex issues, he's been phenomenal."


Corporate & Government Experience

  • Deputy Chief Counsel, United States Securities & Exchange Commission

Honors & Awards

  • Top Ranked Securities Regulation: Nationwide, Chambers USA
  • SEC Capital Markets Award


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania


  • Temple University, J.D., 1991: cum laude; Temple Law Foundation Scholarship 
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1987: magna cum laude

Professional Activities

Board of Advisors


Alerts and Publications

SEC Amends “Accredited Investor” and “Qualified Institutional Buyer” Definitions under the Securities Act

September 8, 2020

SEC Adopts Changes to Modernize Certain Disclosures Under Regulation S-K

September 2, 2020

SEC Adopts Amendments to Proxy Rules Relating to Proxy Voting Advice

August 5, 2020

SEC Adopts Amendments Related to Financial Disclosures for Acquisitions and Dispositions

June 1, 2020

SEC Adopts Amendments to Accelerated Filer and Large Accelerated Filer Definitions

April 17, 2020

SEC Proposes Changes to Harmonize Private Offering Exemptions

March 30, 2020

SEC Extends Filing Relief and Provides Disclosure Guidance in Response to COVID-19

March 25, 2020

Companies Should Consider Adopting Net Operating Loss Rights Plans in the Wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to Protect Net Operating Losses

March 20, 2020

SEC Amends Financial Disclosure Requirements for Registered Debt Offerings

March 17, 2020

SEC Proposes Amendments to MD&A and Financial Disclosures and Issues MD&A Interpretive Guidance

February 13, 2020

SEC Proposes Changes to Procedural Requirements and Resubmission Thresholds Under Rule 14a-8

November 15, 2019

SEC Proposes Amendments to Proxy Rules Relating to Proxy Voting Advice

November 15, 2019

SEC Expands “Test-the-Waters” Communications Accommodation to All Issuers

October 3, 2019

SEC Proposes Changes to Modernize Certain Disclosures Under Regulation S-K

August 21, 2019

SEC Proposes Amendments to Accelerated Filer and Large Accelerated Filer Definitions

May 22, 2019

SEC Proposes Amendments Related to Financial Disclosures for Acquisitions and Dispositions

May 13, 2019

SEC Interpretive Letter to Bank of America Merrill Lynch Permits Derivative Hedging Transactions for Section 16 Insiders of UPREITs and UP-C Issuers

April 11, 2019

SEC Adopts Amendments Related to FAST Act Modernization and the Simplification of Regulation S-K

March 27, 2019

The SEC’s Most Recent ICO Enforcement Action: A Possible SEC Enforcement Action Roadmap for Unregistered Offerings?

March 5, 2019

SEC Requests Comment on the Nature, Content, and Timing of Earnings Releases and Quarterly Reports

December 21, 2018

The Presumption of Token Innocence: Not a Security Until Proven a Security?

December 11, 2018

A Tale of Two Token Sales: the SEC Offers a Path Forward for Certain Unregistered Token Sales

November 27, 2018

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