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Kirkland & Ellis Hire Expands SEC Alumni Roster

Kirkland & Ellis Hire Expands SEC Alumni Roster

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has snagged another former senior SEC official in Washington after taking on two of them earlier this year, the law firm said July 11. Alpa Patel became a partner at the firm following her departure from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management, where she oversaw rulemaking on private

Views Of The Capitol As Senate Adopts Budget With Cuts That Don't Privatize Medicare

Ex-SEC Commissioner Atkins Blames IPO Dearth on Regulations

Regulatory costs are a major hindrance to companies going public, former Securities and Exchange Commissioner Paul Atkins said today. Sarbanes–Oxley Act rules and other regulations are contributing to a downward trend in initial public offerings, the Republican said at an Insured Retirement Institute conference in Washington. The availability of private money and the prospect of

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Former SEC Officials Move to Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has picked up two former senior Securities and Exchange Commission lawyers, the law firm said May 30. Erica Williams, a former deputy chief of staff who went on to counsel President Barack Obama, and Marian Fowler, a former senior special counsel, joined Kirkland’s Washington office as partners. Williams and Fowler follow

Jay Clayton, chairman of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) nominee for President Donald Trump, testifies during a Senate Banking Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

SEC Chair Appoints General Counsel, Other Senior Officials

By Andrew Ramonas, Bloomberg BNA  SEC Chairman Jay Clayton tapped Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and commission lawyers for general counsel and other senior agency posts. New York lawyer Robert Stebbins will serve as general counsel after practicing law at Willkie as a partner, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced May

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SEC Charges Ex-Foley & Lardner Partner With Insider Trading

By Andrew Ramonas, Bloomberg BNA  A former Foley & Lardner LLP partner traded on inside information about Harley-Davidson Inc. and other companies, netting more than $1 million, according to a May 11 SEC complaint. Walter “Chet” Little, who was a member of Foley’s real estate practice group in Tampa, Fla., viewed confidential law firm documents

Car move along Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, California, U.S. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg

Silicon Valley Lawyer to Lead SEC Corporation Finance Unit

By Andrew Ramonas, Bloomberg BNA California lawyer William Hinman will join the Securities and Exchange Commission as director of the Division of Corporation Finance, the agency announced May 9. Hinman recently retired from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in Silicon Valley after serving as a partner at the law firm since 2000. He advised clients

Mary Jo White, nominee for chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), center, arrives to a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

New SEC Alums Swarm ‘Revolving Door’ to Financial, Law Firms

By Andrew Ramonas, Bloomberg BNA More than half the high-ranking SEC officials who left the agency since January 2016 landed at law and financial firms, with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP leading the pack. Debevoise, private equity manager Blackstone Group LP and other firms hired 15 of the 26 Securities and Exchange Commission officials Bloomberg BNA

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SEC Nominee Clayton Earned $7.6M at New York Law Firm

By Andrew Ramonas, Bloomberg BNA SEC chairman nominee Jay Clayton made $7.6 million as a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell in the past year, according to recently released ethics paperwork. Clayton, whom President Donald Trump tapped to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission in January, has handled mergers and acquisitions at the New York law