NEW YORK—Brunswick Group, the strategic communications consultancy, has hired William Lash, former assistant secretary of commerce for market access and compliance, as a senior advisor. Lash, who served in the Commerce post from 2001 until 2005, is also a professor of law at George Mason University and an expert in securities law and antitrust issues. He will work with both the New York and Washington, D.C., offices of Brunswick, focusing on public policy, regulatory issues—especially those related to mergers & acquisitions—and issues management.
“The regulatory environment for cross-border M&A has never been more daunting, and Bill’s experience helping US companies sell into a global market as well as his understanding of both domestic and international politics make him a strong asset to Brunswick and its clients, ” says Steven Lipin, senior partner in the U.S. for Brunswick. “His addition to the firm provides Brunswick with another competitive advantage for clients involved in large, global M&A.”
Lash is the latest in a series of high level additions to Brunswick’s Washington office, following the appointments in March of Richard Mintz, former managing director at Burson-Marsteller and in February of Harry Clark, former managing partner at Clark & Weinstock.
At the Commerce Department, Lash worked to improve American companies’ access to overseas markets; strengthen the international trade and investment position of the United States; and implement, monitor, and enforce foreign compliance with bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. Prior to his career in academia, he was in private practice at Fried Frank Harris Schriver & Jacobsen in Washington, D.C.