Steve Bochner - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Steven E. Bochner is the chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. In his nearly 30 years of experience practicing corporate and securities law, Steve has served as lead counsel for some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent companies, and has assisted clients in venture capital, public offering, and merger transactions valued in the billions of dollars. Steve has also represented numerous start-up companies, as well as leading venture capital and investment banking firms. Prior to becoming CEO, Steve served in various other management positions at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, including as a member of the firm’s Policy Committee and as chair of its Compensation Committee.
Since 2002, Steve has been a lecturer on corporate and securities law at the UC Berkeley School of Law, where he designed and taught the “Venture Capital and IPO Law” course. He also has been a lecturer at Stanford Law School, as well as a guest instructor on venture capital and business law issues at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
In 2005, Steve was appointed as a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies. This select committee was charged with evaluating the current securities regulatory system relating to governance, disclosure, financial reporting, internal controls, and capital formation for smaller public companies, including the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The SEC Advisory Committee’s final report was delivered to the Commission on April 23, 2006. Steve served as chairman of the Governance and Disclosure Subcommittee of the SEC Advisory Committee. Many of the SEC Advisory Committee recommendations have since been adopted as proposed and final rule changes by the SEC.
In 2006, Steve was appointed to his second term as co-chair of the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council, on which he’s served since 1996. The council is responsible for making recommendations to the Nasdaq board on policy and rule changes related to issuer listing standards. Steve was extensively engaged in the development of Nasdaq’s rules with respect to corporate governance reform and other listing standards. Steve also served on the California Department of Corporations’ Securities Regulation Advisory Committee.
Steve frequently speaks on a variety of securities law topics for the Practising Law Institute (PLI) and is a co-chair of PLI’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in New York City. Steve is also a member of the executive committee of, and frequent speaker at, the Northwestern Securities Regulation Institute in San Diego. Steve has been a frequent panelist at the SEC’s Small Business Forum in Washington, D.C.