The Forum for US Securities Lawyers in London (the “Forum”) is a trade association representing US-qualified lawyers and participants in the London capital markets. Membership is over 1,500 people and includes US-qualified lawyers practicing at over 45 law firms and 30 financial institutions in the London capital markets, as well as market participants including securities exchanges, settlement systems and registrars.
The Forum was founded in 2006 by Daniel Winterfeldt, Partner, Global Capital Markets, Reed Smith, and is co-chaired by Daniel Winterfeldt and Edward Bibko, Managing Director, Head of Investment Banks-Legal, EMEA at Jefferies International.
The Forum is an independent, self-funded organization dedicated to addressing issues of the application of and compliance with US securities laws in London and international capital markets.
The Forum has spearheaded several successful initiatives since its inception, including meeting annually in Washington D.C. with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), submitting numerous comment letters to the SEC on proposals affecting the London and international capital markets, distributing regular US Securities Updates, Digests and other informational emails, publishing its International Capital Markets Glossary and recently taking the lead role in implementing electronic settlement of Regulation S, Category 3 securities trading on the London Stock Exchange.
The Forum was short-listed by the British Legal Awards in 2009 for “Law Firm Innovation”.
The Forum was ‘Highly Commended” by the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards in 2016 in the category “Innovation in Navigating Regulation”.