Kirkland & Ellis has hired Alpa Patel as a partner in the firm’s Investment Funds Group in Washington, D.C.
Patel was most recently with the Securities and Exchange Commission as the branch chief of the Private Funds Branch of the investment adviser policy and rulemaking office of the Division of Investment Management where she focused on implementing regulations affecting private fund advisers and assisted the SEC in developing policy initiatives relating to private funds and private fund advisers. Prior to working at the SEC, Patel was an associate at Dechert LLP, where she advised clients on the structuring, formation, and private offering requirements of private funds and provided counsel to investment advisers and boards of directors in regulatory, compliance and corporate matters.
Norm Champ, partner in Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group and himself a former SEC official, said “Alpa is a fantastic lawyer with unmatched insight into the regulations affecting private funds and private fund advisers. Her knowledge and experience will enhance our service to clients in navigating the increasingly complex U.S. regulatory environment and further strengthen our global investment funds practice.” (For insight from Norm Champ, see “A Look Behind the Curtains at the SEC: An Interview with Norm Champ, Former Director of the Division of Investment Management“)
Patel’s hire is the most recent in a string of former SEC officials to head to Kirkland. Erica Williams and Marian Fowler joined the firm in May. Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group also recently expanded to Boston with the hiring of Sean Hill and Stephanie Berdik.