Securities Regulatory Attorney Joins Latham & Waktins, Further Bolstering Broker-Dealer Capability

December 15, 2010

New York/Dubai …Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Ellen M. Creede has joined the firm as a counsel in the Corporate Department. Creede’s broad practice encompasses broker-dealer and investment advisory regulation, US securities laws, stock exchange listing and corporate governance requirements and state securities laws compliance. To enhance the firm’s presence as a leading provider of broker-dealer regulatory advice on a global basis, Creede will split her time between New York and the Middle East.            

Spanning more than three decades, Creede’s experience includes advising investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, broker-dealers and investment advisers, among others, on a wide range of complex regulatory, compliance and capital markets matters. Creede has extensive experience advising financial institution groups with respect to structuring and obtaining regulatory approval for changes in control and mergers and acquisitions in the banking and financial services sector.            

“We are excited to be adding an attorney with Ellen’s range of expertise in the securities regulatory and compliance areas,” said Kirk Davenport, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Capital Markets Practice Group, based in New York. “Her arrival adds further depth to our capital markets and finance practices, and complements our bank and SEC regulatory practices.”            

Villiers Terblanche, Latham & Watkins’ Office Managing Partner in Dubai, said: “Ellen is highly regarded for her intellect, track record advising on a wide range of complex securities regulatory matters and her extensive knowledge across the gamut of statutes and regulations. She will be a tremendous asset to our global financial institutions group.”                

“Latham & Watkins has shown a strong commitment to build one of the premier broker-dealer practices globally. The firm has developed a phenomenally strong capital markets and securities regulatory practices in New York, London, the Middle East and other financial capitals around the world making it an exciting place to practice,” said Creede. “I look forward to contributing to Latham’s growth plans for its broker-dealer practice and to working with the team of experienced attorneys in the capital markets, derivatives, banking, SEC enforcement and securities litigation areas.”  

Creede joins Latham & Watkins from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.  She received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Buffalo in 1973, summa cum laude, and her law degree from Fordham University Law School in 1978, cum laude.  

Creede’s arrival follows Dana Fleischman joining Latham & Watkins in New York earlier this year to establish Latham & Watkins’ broker-dealer regulatory practice. Fleischman is an experienced broker-dealer partner, whose practice includes advising a broad array of heavily regulated financial institutions in corporate and bank finance transactions involving complex financial products and on issues relating to broker-dealer registration, regulation and compliance.

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Notes to Editor

1 Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Mohammed Al-Sheikh.    


Kirk A. Davenport II, Global Co-Chair of the Capital Markets Practice Group, +1.212.906.1284
Villiers Terblanche, Office Managing Partner, Dubai,  +971.2.495.1717  

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