Ellen J. Odoner

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Ellen J. Odoner

Ellen Odoner heads the Firm’s Public Company Advisory Group, which advises U.S. public companies and U.S.-listed foreign private issuers on SEC disclosure, financial restatements, internal control matters and corporate governance. She is one of the leaders of the Firm’s high-stakes corporate counseling team. She also specializes in merger and acquisition and securities transactions, particularly those with cross-border elements.

Ms. Odoner represents boards of directors, audit committees, special committees of independent directors, disclosure committees and legal and financial officers of U.S. and non-U.S. companies. She also represents the governance bodies of significant not-for-profit institutions.

Ms. Odoner is recognized in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and various other publications. Clients praise her for being an “incredibly bright, hardworking, big-picture thinker.”

Ms. Odoner also has extensive experience representing non-U.S. companies in the U.S. and in structuring multi-jurisdictional transactions to harmonize U.S. and non-U.S. regimes and obtain innovative SEC relief. Representative cross-border transactions include Applied Materials' $29 billion merger with Tokyo Electron; GE’s acquisitions of Wellstream plc and Amersham plc; Tyco Electronics’ cross-border reincorporation; Reuters’ acquisition by The Thomson Corporation; various acquisitions by L’Oreal S.A; Pirelli SpA’s sale of its optical components business to Corning; and numerous other acquisitions, disposals and demergers by non-U.S. companies.

Ms. Odoner assisted the Financial Crisis Advisory Group established to advise the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board on the standard-setting implications of the global financial crisis.  She lectures on legal developments affecting public companies and co-chaired an ABA Task Force on the SEC’s cross-border exemptions.

Ms. Odoner is also active in the Firm’s diversity and pro bono initiatives. She was the founding chair of Women@Weil and leads the Firm’s representation of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She was inducted into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders and serves on the Executive Committee of The Hunter College Foundation, where she chairs the audit committee.

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