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Bruce Bennett

Bruce C. Bennett

Partner
New York +1 212 841 1060 bbennett@cov.com Download V-card

Bruce Bennett represents domestic and global financial institutions and other market participants on transactional and regulatory aspects of the global markets. He is the co-chair of the firm's Financial Services Group and a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Mr. Bennett's work spans capital markets and futures and derivatives markets, including regulatory matters involving the SEC, FINRA, the CFTC and banking regulators. He also leads the firm’s efforts in representing issuers of convertible notes and other equity-linked products in entering into call spread and other equity derivatives hedging transactions.

  • A number of issuers in structuring, negotiating and executing equity derivatives transactions to hedge convertible or exchangeable notes issuances, including three recent transactions for IAC/InterActiveCorp.
  • A major financial institution and several trade associations for financial institutions and asset managers in connection with the treatment of non-deliverable forward transactions under the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • A major financial institution in restructuring its trading and markets operations under the Securities Exchange Act.
  • A variety of domestic and international banks on compliance with the Volcker Rule and other aspects of the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Major financial institutions in antitrust class actions alleging manipulation of various benchmarks (including LIBOR, FX and ISDAFix) and in various enforcement matters, including relating to trading in U.S. Government Securities.
  • Major financial institutions in a variety of financings and internal restructurings.
  • UBS AG in connection with the failure of the auction rate securities market.
  • A coalition of Foreign Exchange Intermediaries in obtaining and implementing CFTC relief under Dodd-Frank provisions relating to derivatives, permitting continuation of their business operations.
  • The Board of Directors of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation in connection with the SEC’s efforts to compel SIPC to provide coverage to victims of Allan Stanford’s ponzi scheme.
  • The American Bankers’ Association in its successful litigation challenging the application of the Volcker Rule to Trust Preferred Collateralized Debt Obligations.
  • The Bond Market Association (prior to its merger with the Securities Industry Association to create SIFMA) in commenting on and implementing the SEC’s Securities Offering Reform in 2005.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • The Constitutional Sources Project, National Advisory Board Member
  • Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Past Member of the New York City Bar Banking Law Committee, Securities Regulation Committee, and Financial Reporting Committee
  • Past Chair of the Board of Trustees and Past President, SEC Historical Society

Previous Experience

  • General Electric Capital Corporation, Associate General Counsel - Treasury (1992-1998)
  • BTI Client Service All-Star (2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Derivatives and Futures Law (2011-2019); Securities/Capital Markets Law (2011-2019); Securities Regulation (2012-2019)
  • Legal 500 US, Tax - International (2017); Capital Markets: Equity Offerings (2013-2015); Capital Markets: Debt Offerings (2013-2014) Financial Services: Regulatory (2013, 2016)