Raquel Fox

Raquel Fox

Partner, SEC Reporting and Compliance; Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG); Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Governance
Raquel Fox is head of Skadden’s U.S. ESG Practice and co-head of the firm’s SEC Reporting and Compliance Practice. She concentrates her practice in the areas of capital markets, merg­ers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and general corporate and securities matters, and advises clients on the full range of SEC reporting and compliance requirements.


Prior to joining Skadden, Ms. Fox held a number of leadership positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the past decade, including serving as the director of the Office of International Affairs, senior adviser to then-Chairman Jay Clayton and senior special counsel to two directors in the Division of Corporation Finance. She also spent time working in the Office of Rulemaking and Office of Capital Markets Trends.

While at the SEC, Ms. Fox oversaw the agency’s participation in international disclosure-related projects focused on accounting and audits, sustainability, COVID-19, emerging risks, data privacy, Brexit, LIBOR transition and fintech, and led negotiations with senior foreign regulatory officials. She managed enforcement and supervisory assistance programs to support cross-border securities examinations, investigations, trading suspensions and enforcement actions by the SEC and foreign authorities. Additionally, she served as a primary advisor on rulemakings, legal interpretations, capital formation and small business matters, the disclosure review program, waivers, enforcement referrals, corporate governance matters, shareholder proposals, international matters and proxy advisory firms. Ms. Fox also prepared testimony and briefing materials for congressional hearings on a broad range of issues, including mandated rulemakings, corporate governance, executive compensation, proxy matters and cybersecurity. She provided substantial assistance on the Disclosure Effectiveness Initiative to help modernize the public company reporting regime, including regarding the legal and accounting requirements of SEC filings and technological improvements to EDGAR. In honor of her work, she was recognized with three SEC Law and Policy awards.

Before joining the SEC, Ms. Fox worked at another international law firm in its Washington, D.C. office, where she advised companies and their boards on securities law compliance and corporate governance matters, including SEC reporting obligations, quarterly earnings releases and investor presentations, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and exchange listing standards, insider trading policies, and requests for SEC no-action and exemptive relief. She served as a lead counsel for over $60 billion in debt offerings and $3 billion in equity offerings. Ms. Fox also is a certified public accountant.

Ms. Fox has been named to Chambers USA, as well as one of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America and 500 Leading Dealmakers in America. She was elected as a 2022 fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel and is currently a member of the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council, which is responsible for making recommendations to the Nasdaq board on policy and rule changes related to issuer listing standards.



  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2004 (Editor, Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review)
  • M.Tax, Baylor University, 1999
  • B.B.A., Baylor University, 1998 (summa cum laude)


  • District of Columbia


Certified Public Accountant

Government Service

Director, Office of International Affairs, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2018-2020)

Senior Advisor to Chairman Jay Clayton, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2017-2018)

Senior Special Counsel to the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2015-2017)

Attorney Fellow, Office of Rulemaking and Capital Markets Trends, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2011-2015)

Raquel Fox

Partner, SEC Reporting and Compliance; Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG); Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Governance