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News October 5, 2015 Issue

SEC Names Two Regional Officials

Two SEC officials have been named to new positions. William Royer is the new head of the SEC’s examination program in its Atlanta Regional Office, and Lara Shalov Mehraban is the new associate regional director for enforcement in the New York Regional Office, the agency announced in September.

Royer, as the Atlanta office’s new associate director, will head a staff of approximately 40 examiners, accountants and attorneys who examine advisers, broker-dealers, investment companies, transfer agents and other parties registered with the Commission. Prior to his new appointment, Royer served as the acting associate director of the Atlanta office exam program, a position he first took in June.

Royer joined the agency in 2013 as an assistant director in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ Office of Chief Counsel. He began his careers as a securities attorney with Ropes & Gray in Boston, then spent more than 10 years as a member and general counsel with Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo. He subsequently was general counsel at Baring Asset Management and Arrowstreet Capital, and then as president of Foreside Compliance Services. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and holds a law degree from Boston University.

Mehraban, in her new role, will help supervise approximately 185 attorneys, investigators, accountants and paralegals in the New York office’s enforcement program. She succeeds Amelia Cottrell, who left the SEC in July, the agency said. Mehraban had previously been an assistant regional director in the New York office, a position she held since 2013.

Originally joining the SEC in 2007 as a senior counsel in the New York office, Mehraban contributed to several notable agency enforcement actions, the SEC said. Prior to joining the agency, she was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and held the same position at Stillman, Friedman & Shechtman. She is a graduate of Duke University and holds a law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law.