Katayun I. Jaffari, a partner in Ballard Spahr’s Business and Finance Department, has been named Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Board Engagement on Sustainability and Social Responsibility Matters.

Recognized as a leader in the fields of corporate governance and securities, Ms. Jaffari will help oversee the task force’s work on corporate governance issues related to a board’s duties and engagement concerning sustainability and social responsibility. The Task Force is a subcommittee of the Corporate Governance Committee of the ABA’s Business Law Section; Ms. Jaffari also serves as the Committee’s Content Director.

“Sustainability and social responsibility are critical elements of good corporate governance, and they are issues that can affect a company’s bottom line,” Ms. Jaffari said. “I look forward to leading the Task Force in finding ways that corporate boards can enhance their engagement with shareholders on these issues.”

At Ballard Spahr, Ms. Jaffari handles complex securities transactions for businesses in a variety of industries, including biotechnology, energy, and technology. She advises clients in multibillion-dollar deals and has broad experience in business finance, including public offerings, stock-for-stock mergers, private placements of common stock, and offerings of convertible notes.

In her corporate governance practice, Ms. Jaffari counsels clients on complying with federal laws such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. She also helps clients develop compliance programs and guides them in matters concerning their corporate governance responsibilities.

Ballard Spahr is committed to achieving sustainability through economic, social, and environmental responsibility, and it is one of only 14 designated pilot law firms in the nation participating in the ABA’s Law Firm Sustainability Policy Project. The firm’s Sustainability Committee, comprising partners and support staff from its 13 offices, works to improve every aspect of the organization, fostering respect for the community while at the same time wisely using and managing environmental and economic resources.

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