Updated 4:01 p.m.
K&L Gates has added a partner to its investment management practice in Washington, the firm announced earlier this week.
K. Susan Grafton, formerly of counsel at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, focuses her K&L Gates practice on advising broker-dealers and investment advisers on business, regulatory and compliance issues.
Grafton is a former vice president and associate general counsel for Goldman, Sachs & Co. She is also a former staff member at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets.
“I viewed K&L Gates as having a great platform for me to further build my practice,” Grafton said in an interview. She added that her time spent with the government and in the private sector gave her an understanding of the real-world challenges facing clients and regulators.
“I think that starting my career at the SEC was a wonderful opportunity,” Grafton said. “Having worked on rulemaking, you understand the challenges the staff faces.”