Kirkland & Ellis Hire Expands SEC Alumni Roster

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By Andrew Ramonas

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 fund advisers. She joined SEC alumni that include former Investment Management Director Norm Champ and Enforcement Director Robert Khuzami, as well as a former agency deputy chief of staff and a senior special counsel brought on this spring.

Patel came to the SEC from Dechert LLP in 2011. She advised clients on private funds as an associate at the firm.

Kirkland said Patel is in the investment funds group, which includes Champ and recent hire Marian Fowler.

Fowler, who was a senior special counsel in the Division of Investment Management, moved to the firm with Erica Williams, a former deputy chief of staff to Chairmen Mary Jo White and Mary Schapiro.

A Kirkland spokesman declined to comment on whether the firm is talking with other SEC alumni.

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