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King & Spalding

February 01, 2012 11:01 ET

King & Spalding's Bruce Wilson to Join PCAOB as Director of the Office of International Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Feb 1, 2012) - S. Bruce Wilson, a senior counsel with King & Spalding, is joining the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board as director of the office of international affairs, the firm announced today. Wilson will lead the PCAOB's efforts to negotiate and implement cooperative arrangements with non-U.S. auditor oversight bodies and represent the PCAOB in bilateral and multilateral meetings with non-U.S. governments and regulators.

"We thank Bruce for his invaluable contribution as the firm launched its Geneva office in 2010 and for contributing to the growth of our international trade group's representation of clients on trade policy matters," said Stephen A. Jones, a King & Spalding partner and chair of the firm's international trade group. "This is a great honor for Bruce, and we wish him success in this new endeavor."

Wilson joined King & Spalding in 2010, upon his retirement from the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where he had served for eight years as head legal officer. His move to King & Spalding coincided with the firm's opening of an office in Geneva to specialize in WTO matters.

"The decision to accept this appointment was difficult for me," said Wilson. "After dedicating my entire career to trade law, I regret leaving one of the top international trade practices in the world. I am grateful for the firm's support as I take on this unexpected challenge."

King & Spalding's international trade group consists of more 35 lawyers and consultants, including former government officials, former WTO officials, trade remedy accounting and data specialists, and foreign legal experts. The group received Law360's International Trade Practice Group of the Year Award for its work in 2011. It also received the Chambers USA Award for Excellence in both 2008 and 2009 -- the top award given to a U.S. law firm by that rating organization -- for the firm's pre-eminence and noteworthy achievements in international trade, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

The PCAOB is a nonprofit corporation established by the U.S. Congress to oversee the audits of public companies in order to protect the interests of investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate and independent audit reports. The PCAOB also oversees the audits of broker-dealers, including compliance reports filed pursuant to federal securities laws, to promote investor protection.

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