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Khuzami to Kirkland & Ellis

Former SEC enforcement chief Robert Khuzami is now a partner in the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. He’ll work out of the firm’s offices in Washington, D.C. and New York.

Joining Khuzami at Kirkland at the end of July is Kenneth Lench. He now heads the SEC’s structured and new product unit within the enforcement division.

During Khuzami’s tenure at the SEC, the enforcement division filed its highest-ever number of enforcement actions.

‘He created nationwide prosecution units,’ Kirkland said, ‘to concentrate on the high-priority areas of investment advisers and private funds, large-scale trading and market abuse, mortgage and other structured products, bribery of foreign officials under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and municipal securities and public pensions.’

He also oversaw creation of the SEC’s whistleblower program authorized by the Dodd-Frank Act.

Before joining the SEC, Khuzami worked at Deutsche Bank in New York from 2002 to 2009 as head of litigation and regulatory investigation, and from 2004 as general counsel of the Americas.

From 1991 to 2002 he served as a federal prosecutor in New York.

Lench has been with the SEC for 23 years.

Khuzami was recently named one of ‘The 100 Most Powerful People in Finance’ by Worth magazine, one of 20 ‘Champions and Visionaries’ by the National Law Journal, and one of the ‘Power 30’ by SmartMoney magazine.

Kirkland & Ellis has 1,600 lawyers in offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Shanghai.

Khuzami’s firm bio is here.


Richard L. Cassin is the Publisher and Editor of the FCPA Blog. He can be contacted here.

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