Susan Bryant advises clients on securities, compliance, corporate and business law matters, bringing to bear almost 40 years of experience as a private practice attorney, regulator, and in-house securities counsel and compliance officer. She regularly advises clients on complex securities issues, regulatory issues and general business matters. Her clients include entities regulated by securities laws: startup broker-dealers and investment advisers, firms involved in niche securities businesses, issuers of private offerings and clients seeking compliance with complex securities regulations.
Susan joined Verrill Dana in 2015 after practicing at her own boutique firm, Bryant Law, PC, since 1997. Prior to her private practice, Susan served as in-house securities counsel for Aetna Inc., where she was Secretary of the Aetna mutual funds, structured and registered with the SEC Aetna's variable annuities, variable insurance products and mutual funds; provided advice and support to mutual fund boards of directors; provided securities and compliance advice to fund managers, broker-dealers and investment adviser subsidiaries; and assisted in establishing new mutual funds, variable products and a financial planning division. Before working at Aetna Inc., Susan served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of First Investors Corporation, a mutual fund complex based on Wall Street. She was hired to oversee and resolve regulatory and compliance issues asserted by regulators in actions involving the broker-dealer and investment adviser subsidiaries of the company.
From 1986 to 1991, Susan was the head of the Oklahoma Department of Securities where, as the senior securities regulator in Oklahoma, she oversaw a staff of 39 whose duties involved broker-dealer and investment adviser registration, examination and licensing; enforcing the state securities laws through administrative, civil and criminal actions; review and evaluation of securities registration filings and issuing responses to interpretive opinion requests. She personally developed, drafted and lobbied for the adoption of amendments to the Oklahoma Securities Act and Regulations. In 1989, Susan was elected President of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), where she worked closely with staff of the SEC and FINRA on enforcement, administrative, rule-making and legislative matters; testified before Congressional Committees on matters involving investor protection, enforcement of securities laws and regulation of broker dealers and investment advisers. During that time she was an active speaker on securities regulatory issues for audiences throughout the United States and in Canada.
Susan started her career with the largest firm in Oklahoma City, working on sophisticated, multi-level, private and public limited partnership securities offerings, primarily involving oil and gas tax sheltered investment programs.
Susan runs a vacation rental business in Camden, Maine, is an avid photographer and enjoys music (piano and choral singing). She is active in community affairs and has served on the Board of Directors of the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Midcoast Community Choral Society.