• Reg Brown, who was named a director of Blackstone in September, is joining Kirkland & Ellis, his new firm said.
  • Brown is a top banking lawyer and has led the financial institutions group at WilmerHale, a prominent Washington law firm.
  • Three other partners — Daniel Chaudoin, Jeremy Dresner and Daniel Kearney — are also making the move.
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Reginald Brown, a top financial regulatory lawyer, and three of his partners are leaving WilmerHale for Kirkland & Ellis, his new firm said.

Brown, a partner at WilmerHale who was named in September to a position on Blackstone’s board of directors, has become one of the most prominent lawyers to advise banks and other clients in the regulatory hot seat. It’s the latest big hire by Kirkland & Ellis, a firm known for its high profits and its proximity to the private-equity industry.

He has advised Bank of America on multiple matters over the years, including helping the bank through congressional scrutiny amid the financial crisis and helping it avoid precious-metals spoofing charges, Bloomberg reported earlier this year. He also represented Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign advisor, for a time.

Daniel Chaudoin, Jeremy Dresner and Daniel Kearney, three other WilmerHale partners, are also making the move, which will take effect on Dec. 1, Kirkland said. All three having experience helping financial institutions, other corporations and senior executives through regulatory matters and disputes, the firm said.

This is a developing story. Check back soon for more updates. 

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