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SEC Commissioner Roel C Campos joins Washington law practice

Roel C Campos, a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, will become partner-in-charge of the Washington, DC office of law firm Cooley Godward Kronish and a partner in the business litigation practice when he steps down next month.

At Cooley, Campos will focus on representing companies in SEC enforcement matters and internal investigations, advising board and committees involving governance matters and compliance issues, and advising private equity, hedge and mutual funds on regulatory issues. While at the SEC, Campos presided over hundreds of complex enforcement cases.

'As companies navigate the post-Sarbanes Oxley business regulatory environment, Roel represents a unique and extremely talented resource for guidance and advice,' says Cooley chairman and chief executive Stephen C Neal.

'We are honoured and delighted that he has joined our Firm. In addition to his talents as a lawyer, advisor and counsellor to our clients, we also look forward to Roel playing a key part in the further growth and expansion of our Washington office.'

Campos was appointed to the SEC by President George W. Bush and confirmed as a commissioner in August 2002. As a commissioner Campos was a key architects of the SEC regulations implementing Sarbanes Oxley and governing accounting independence and oversight rules, attorney fraud reporting rules, securities offering reform, mutual fund governance and compliance rules, hedge fund adviser rules and the new National Market System.

'Many of Cooley's public securities attorneys, several of whom were also with the SEC, are considered among the nation's thought leaders in the public securities arena,' Campos says. 'I look forward to working with my new colleagues and advising companies on important issues related to SEC guidelines and corporate governance that will benefit the companies themselves, as well as continue to bolster investor confidence.'

Campos began his career in private practice with Jones Day in 1979 and was subsequently an assistant US attorney in Los Angeles between 1985 and 1989. He was also a founder of a venture capital-funded broadcasting company, El Dorado Communications, in the mid-1990s.

Cooley's 30-attorney Washington office focuses on Washington-centric practices including international trade, securities enforcement and compliance, government contracts, intellectual property and antitrust/competition.

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