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06 February 2017

Latham & Watkins picks up former SEC heavyweight in New York

Less than a week after announcing her departure from the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Wenchi Hu is set to return to private practice in the New York office of Latham & Watkins.

By Kathryn Higgins

Songquan Deng

Until 30 January, Ms Hu was an associate director of the SEC and head of the regulator’s office of clearance and settlement supervision, a position she had held since August 2015. Ms Hu told The American Lawyer of her decision to leave the SEC: ‘I felt that this was the right time for me to go back to the private sector and to take a more active role in engaging myself with business people directly and to participate in so many interesting market developments.’ Prior to joining the SEC, Ms Hu served stints as an attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and as a managing director and senior counsel at Dutch multinational financial services group Rabobank Nederland. She first moved to the SEC in 2011 as a senior special counsel in the office of derivatives policy.

Sources: The American Lawyer; SEC

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