Peter W. LaVigne

Peter W. LaVigne

Partner
Peter W. LaVigne

Peter LaVigne is a partner in Goodwin’s Financial Industry and FinTech practices. He advises clients involved in the distribution of securities as issuer or intermediary at every level, public and private, and his expertise includes broker-dealer and securities regulation and the Municipal Advisor Rules. Mr. LaVigne advises banks, broker-dealers, investment advisers, private fund managers and crowdfunding and other financial technology platforms in navigating evolving regulatory and compliance matters. As a member and former Chair of the Securities Regulation Committee of the New York State Bar Association and an active contributor to Goodwin's Financial Services Weekly News Roundup, Mr. LaVigne keeps a close watch over changes to laws and rules affecting the financial services industry.

Professional Activities

Mr. LaVigne was the Chair of the Securities Regulation Committee of the New York State Bar Association Business Law Section from 2013 to 2016 and is the Treasurer and Second Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of that Section. He was the founder and first chair of the American Bar Association Subcommittee on FINRA Corporate Financing Rules and remains a member of that subcommittee.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2010, Mr. LaVigne was Special Counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell, where he was a member of the Financial Institutions Group. Mr. LaVigne served as Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Attorney General's Office, where he was Chief of the Real Estate Syndication Section.

Experience

Mr. LaVigne's experience includes the registration of new broker-dealers, as well as advice concerning exemptions from registration, mergers and acquisitions involving broker-dealers and the rules of FINRA concerning change in control filings. He represents underwriters and placement agents with respect to FINRA rules applicable to public and private offerings, including rules governing new issues, IPO allocations and research analysts, trade reporting, Regulation M, Rule NMS and the short sale rules. He has also counseled broker-dealer firms in responding to examinations, inquiries and Wells notices. He advises issuers on the use of securities exemptions and assists them in structuring agreements with placement agents and arrangements with third-party brokers permitting the registration of issuer employees on an independent contractor basis.

Mr. LaVigne also advises banks, investment advisers and private fund managers, as well as broker-dealers, concerning the evolving municipal advisor registration requirements and the pay-to-play prohibitions of the SEC and state and local governments.

Credentials

Education

J.D., 1978
Yale Law School
A.B., 1975
Cornell University

Admissions

Bar

New York
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