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Kenneth R. Lench

Kenneth R. Lench

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Kenneth R. Lench is a partner in Kirkland’s Government & Internal Investigations Practice Group in the Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on representing, and conducting internal investigations for, financial services and public companies relating to matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other Federal, state and self-regulatory organizations (SROs). Ken handles matters in all of the major programmatic areas of the securities laws, including complex securities transactions, financial and accounting fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, frauds by broker-dealers, hedge fund advisers and other asset managers, insider trading, and market manipulations. Ken also represents boards of directors and associated committees, as well as senior executives and other employees, of these companies.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Ken served for 23 years in several positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In his last role at the SEC, Ken served as Chief of the Structured and New Products Unit of the Division of Enforcement, which was created in 2010 as a specialty group of more than 45 professionals nationwide focusing on abuses in markets for complex securities, including asset-backed securities and derivatives. In that role, he was responsible for building and managing the unit and supervised wide-reaching investigations into markets for collateralized debt obligations and residential mortgage-backed securities, resulting in $1.7 billion in recovered funds for investors in those products.

Ken previously held various senior positions at the SEC’s Enforcement Division including assistant director, assistant chief counsel, branch chief and senior counsel, during which time he supervised and conducted numerous complex and wide-reaching investigations into violations of the Federal securities laws. As an assistant director, Ken spearheaded the SEC’s major auction rate securities matters, which resulted in some of the largest settlements in SEC history and, in all, provided for more than $60 billion in liquidity to tens of thousands of investors.

Besides his extensive Enforcement Division experience, Ken served a stint in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, where he reviewed registration statements, proxy materials and periodic reports involving initial public offerings, secondary offerings, tender offers, mergers and acquisitions, going-private transactions, shelf offerings and proxy contests. Ken was in private practice prior to his arrival at the SEC.

Kenneth R. Lench is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Ethics and Whistleblower Developments: Challenges to Be Aware of When Preparing and Reviewing Disclosure Documents - Annual Disclosure Documents 2017, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Learnings from Enforcement and the Impact on Disclosure Practices - Annual Disclosure Documents 2017, Thursday, December 14, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Ethics and Whistleblower Developments: Challenges to Be Aware of When Preparing and Reviewing Disclosure Documents - Ethics and Whistleblower Developments: Challenges to Be Aware of When Preparing and Reviewing Disclosure Documents, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Learnings from Enforcement and the Impact on Disclosure Practices - Learnings from Enforcement and the Impact on Disclosure Practices, Thursday, December 14, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Learnings from Enforcement and the Impact on Disclosure Practices - Learnings from Enforcement and the Impact on Disclosure Practices, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Ethics and Whistleblower Developments: Challenges to Be Aware of When Preparing and Reviewing Disclosure Documents - Ethics and Whistleblower Developments: Challenges to Be Aware of When Preparing and Reviewing Disclosure Documents, Thursday, December 14, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Annual Disclosure Documents 2017, Tuesday, December 19, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Annual Disclosure Documents 2018: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 10, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Annual Disclosure Documents 2018: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 10, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Annual Disclosure Documents 2018: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 10, 2018, Boston, MA
Annual Disclosure Documents 2018: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 10, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Annual Disclosure Documents 2018: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 10, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Annual Disclosure Documents 2018: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 10, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
Annual Disclosure Documents 2018: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 10, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
Annual Disclosure Documents 2018: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 10, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Annual Disclosure Documents 2018: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 10, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Annual Disclosure Documents 2018: Current Developments and Best Practices , Monday, December 10, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
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