Giovanni Prezioso is a partner based in the Washington, D.C. office.
Mr. Prezioso’s practice is focused on securities and corporate law matters. His recent projects have included representation of major corporations and financial institutions in securities enforcement and litigation matters arising out of the financial crisis, as well as counseling clients on a broad range of corporate governance and regulatory matters.
Mr. Prezioso currently serves as a member (Chairman 2006-2010) of the Executive Council of the Federal Bar Association Securities Law Committee, a member of the Securities Board of Editors of the LexisNexis Publishing Company, and he previously served as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association President’s Task Force on Financial Markets Regulatory Reform. Mr. Prezioso, distinguished as one of the leading securities regulation lawyers by Chambers USA
, was honored by The National Law Journal
as one of the “Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade.” He is also recognized as a star white-collar lawyer by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
and The Legal 500 U.S
From May 2002 until rejoining the firm in 2006, Mr. Prezioso served as General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He served as the Commission’s chief legal officer during a time of unprecedented enforcement and regulatory activity. During his tenure, the 120-member staff of his Office provided legal advice to the Commission on over 2,000 enforcement actions and over 100 rulemaking proceedings. Under Mr. Prezioso’s leadership, the Office coordinated the implementation of the enforcement and regulatory provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act within the tight timeline set by Congress. The Office also drafted regulations under the Act that established formal standards of professional conduct for attorneys representing public companies. Mr. Prezioso also led an initiative to revitalize the Commission’s amicus program, with numerous submissions to the federal courts on critical policy issues.
Before joining the Commission, Mr. Prezioso was in private practice with Cleary Gottlieb, which he joined in 1982 and where he became a partner in 1991. During those years, he served as counsel to major financial institutions, public companies and trade associations, with responsibility for a broad range of regulatory, corporate, transactional and litigation matters.
His prior bar and other professional activities have included service as Chairman of the ABA Subcommittee on Municipal and Governmental Obligations, and as a member of both the New York Stock Exchange Rule 431 Committee and the Global Documentation Steering Committee sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Mr. Prezioso is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude
, 1982) and Harvard College (A.B., History and Literature, magna cum laude
Mr. Prezioso is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.