The Securities & Exchange Commission announced today that David Blass has been named an associate general counsel for legal policy in the agency's Office of the General Counsel.
He joins the agency from Willkie Farr & Gallaher, where he was special counsel in the asset management group.
Blass previously worked at the SEC from 2003 to 2008, first as a branch chief and special counsel in the Division of Trading and Markets, and later as an assistant director in the Division of Investment Management. He also practiced securities and corporate law at Davis Polk & Wardwell prior to his first stint at the SEC.
"David has distinguished himself for his judgment and strong ability to analyze complex legal matters," said SEC General Counsel David Becker in a statement. "His depth of experience at the commission and in private practice will enable him to make immediate contributions to the work of the commission and to the office.”
Blass will provide legal and policy advice to the commission on a wide range of matters, with particular emphasis on investment management, trading and markets, and international matters.