Keith F. Higgins

Chair, Securities & Governance Practice

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  • JD, summa cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1982
  • MA, University of Virginia, 1975; Thomas Jefferson Foundation Fellow in American History
  • BA, Florida State University, 1973; Phi Beta Kappa

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts, 1982
  • Honorable Herbert P. Wilkins, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association

Keith frequently writes and lectures about securities law, executive compensation and corporate governance. He is currently a co-chair of the Practicing Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation and is on the Executive Committee for the 45th Annual Securities Regulation Institute. Keith also served as Chair of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee of the American Bar Association from 2006 - 2009.

Keith F. Higgins

Chair, Securities & Governance Practice

Keith Higgins is a member of Ropes & Gray’s corporate department and chair of the securities & governance practice.  

Keith rejoined the firm in 2017, after having served as Director of Corporation Finance at the U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission since 2013.  While in that role, Keith led the Division’s implementation of significant rulemaking under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), and Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).  He also led the Division’s Disclosure Effectiveness project and oversaw the issuance of significant interpretive guidance to companies and investors under the federal securities laws.

Prior to serving at the SEC, Keith had for more than 30 years been counseling public companies in securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, compliance and corporate governance.  Keith advises companies, their boards, and investors on matters with the SEC, including disclosure and financial statements, no-action letters, as well as SEC enforcement actions and related internal investigations.

While in private practice, Keith was recognized by Chambers, Best Lawyers, and other publications as a leading corporate and M&A lawyer in Massachusetts and nationwide.