Press Release
January 12, 2016

Holland & Knight Expands Financial Services Team with Regulatory Attorney Rebecca Leon

MIAMI (January 12, 2016) – Rebecca Leon has joined Holland & Knight’s Financial Services practice group in Miami as a partner. Previously, Ms. Leon was a principal with Bressler Amery Ross, where she co-chaired the firm's broker-dealer regulation and compliance practice and led the firm’s international financial services regulation and investment management practices.

Ms. Leon advises broker-dealers, investment advisers, fund managers, banks and wealth managers on a wide variety of U.S. and international regulatory, transactional and operational issues. She helps her clients with the formation and registration of broker-dealers and investment advisers, the structuring of international operations, and the development of global policies and procedures, as well as contractual and compliance matters. Ms. Leon has significant experience in a wide range of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issues. In the past, she served as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division of the SEC’s New York regional office.

"Rebecca has solid experience working with broker-dealers and investment advisers on regulatory issues which are fairly new and evolving. Her knowledge of cross-border issues impacting these clients is very deep,” said Joe Sirven, Holland & Knight's Financial Services practice group leader. “This type of regulatory understanding is highly sought-after and we are confident Rebecca will immediately become a key player in our growing financial services team."

"I'm excited to take this next step in my career with Holland & Knight," said Ms. Leon. "The firm offers a wide geographic and practice platform that will benefit my financial services clients and a support system that will take my practice to the next level."

Ms. Leon earned a J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School and M.B.A. and B.A. degrees from Case Western Reserve University. She is admitted to practice law in both New York and Florida.

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