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Ken Griffin Didn’t Want To Hire Keith Higgins So He Had To Go Back To His Old Law Firm

The ex-SEC Corporation Finance director's old seat at Ropes & Gray was still warm.
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When Mary Jo White quit the Securities and Exchange Commission in advance of the advent of the Trump era, her trusty head of corporation finance, Keith Higgins, did, too. MJW—like many an Obama appointee—quickly found her way back to her old law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton. Higgins held out, possibly for a better offer from Citadel Investment Group, which appears to have right of first refusal on those who recently cashed a regulatory paycheck. Whether he’s been waiting by the phone for the last six months waiting for a 312 number to appear on the caller ID, or whether he just wanted a break, he’s once again following in his former captain’s footsteps.


Keith Higgins, the former director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance, rejoined law firm Ropes & Gray LLP, the firm said on Thursday.

Mr. Higgins will serve as chair of the firm’s securities and governance practice in Boston. In this capacity, he will serve as a special advisor on governance and disclosure matters, and will be a resource to Ropes & Gray’s government enforcement and business and securities litigation practices, the firm said….

Prior to his time at the SEC, Mr. Higgins spent about 30 years at the Boston-based law firm….

Former SEC Director Higgins Rejoins Ropes & Gray [WSJ]
Ex-Obama Officials Find There’s No Place Like Their Old Law Firms [DealBook]


By U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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