Catherine Dixon, a member of the firm's Public Company Advisory Group, is a recognized authority in the federal securities laws. Within this area, her practice encompasses public disclosure advice, capital markets transactions (including public and private offerings), mergers & acquisitions, and Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance (including corporate governance-related matters).
Prior to joining Weil, Ms. Dixon was Chief Counsel of the Division of Corporation Finance at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). She previously served as Chief of the Division of Corporation Finance’s Offices of Mergers & Acquisitions and Disclosure Policy, respectively, and as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Steven M.H. Wallman. She also served as trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice before joining the SEC in the appellate litigation section of the Office of the General Counsel.
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 Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association's Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, having just completed a three-year term as the Chair of the Securities Registration Subcommittee of this ABA Committee. She has also served as the co-chair of this Committee’s Ad Hoc Task Force on Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions.
Ms. Dixon serves on Weil’s Financial Regulatory Reform Working Group and addresses the impact of the new Dodd-Frank Act on securities regulation and corporate governance.
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.
District of Columbia; Iowa State
Creighton University (B.S., 1977); Creighton University (J.D., 1980)