ICE gets new bloods to its legal, regulatory desks

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The parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.(ICE), has injected new talents across its legal, regulatory desks.

ICE said Andrew Surdykowski has been appointed as the company’s next General Counsel, succeeding Johnathan Short, who intends to retire after 14 years in that role.

Surdykowski, currently the company’s Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, joined ICE’s legal team in 2005, overseeing a range of matters for Intercontinental Exchange.

“Andrew Surdykowski has been an integral player in ICE’s evolution since our early days, a member of our global legal team led by my long-time colleague Johnathan Short who has provided expert guidance and steady leadership during every phase of our growth,” said Jeffrey C. Sprecher, Chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange. “I’m grateful to Johnathan for his tremendous service over the years, and have the utmost confidence that Andrew will carry on that work with his talent, legal acumen, and dedicated partnership that we rely on as we continue to transform global markets.”

Prior to ICE, Surdykowski was an attorney with McKenna, Long & Aldridge (now Dentons), practicing in the corporate law group, representing clients on matters regarding securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, finance, and private equity. Surdykowski holds a J.D. from the Georgia State University College of Law and a B.S. in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

In addition to Surdykowski’s appointment, Elizabeth King, General Counsel of the New York Stock Exchange, will add to her role that of ICE’s Chief Regulatory Officer, overseeing the company’s global regulatory and legal affairs initiatives. King joined the NYSE in 2014 from KCG Holdings, Inc., where she served as Deputy General Counsel and Global Head of Regulatory Affairs. Earlier in her career, she served as Associate Director, Division of Trading and Markets at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. King holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an A.B. from Duke University.

“The regulatory issues that exchanges and clearinghouses must manage today are both global and complex, and very much at the center of our business,” said Sprecher. “Elizabeth King has been an outstanding counselor to our NYSE team and will now expand her purview companywide to guide our regulatory work across North America, Europe, and Asia.”

ICE also announced today that Octavia Spencer, a member of ICE’s legal team since 2014, has been appointed as ICE’s Corporate Secretary. Like Surdykowski, Spencer also worked as an attorney at McKenna, Long & Aldridge earlier in her career, focusing on public company compliance and corporate governance matters, public offerings and private placements, and M&A work. She received her J.D. from the Duke University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The new roles for Surdykowski, King, and Spencer will take effect during a transition period leading to Short’s retirement in early 2019.