Catherine Dixon, a member of the Firm's Public Company Advisory Group, is a recognized authority in the federal securities laws, as amended most recently by the JOBS Act of 2012, the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Her practice encompasses a wide range of SEC disclosure and compliance matters, including those affecting corporate governance, as well as capital markets transactions (including public and private offerings) and mergers & acquisitions (domestic and cross-border).
Prior to joining Weil in mid-2000, Ms. Dixon was Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, and previously served as Chief of that Division’s Offices of Mergers & Acquisitions and Disclosure Policy, respectively. Ms. Dixon also has served as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Steven M.H. Wallman, Deputy Chief of the Division of Corporation Finance’s Office of Tender Offers (now Mergers & Acquisitions), and a Special Counsel in the Division’s Office of the Chief Counsel. Before joining the SEC, Ms. Dixon was a trial attorney the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (entering through the Department’s Honors Program) and clerked for two federal judges.
Ms. Dixon frequently speaks and writes on various federal securities laws issues. She is co-author of a well-known treatise on the federal proxy rules, Aranow and Einhorn on Proxy Contests for Corporate Control (3d ed., with Randall Thomas). Ms. Dixon also has taught a course on mergers & acquisitions at Georgetown University Law School as an adjunct faculty member. She is currently Chair of the American Bar Association's Committee on the Federal Regulation of Securities, having just completed a three-year term as Vice-Chair of this committee. Previously, she served a three-year term as the Chair of this Committee’s Securities Registration Subcommittee. She has also served as the co-chair of this Committee’s Ad Hoc Task Force on Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions.
Ms. Dixon graduated cum laude from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Science, and magna cum laude from its law school. After law school, Ms. Dixon clerked for the Honorable William C. Stuart, Chief Judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, and the Honorable Henry Politz, Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.