Overview

Norm Champ is a senior partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he heads up the regulatory solutions practice in the Investment Funds Group. Previously, Norm was the director of the Division of Investment Management at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Prior to that he was the Deputy Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) and the Associate Regional Director for Examinations in the SEC’s New York Regional Office. In these capacities he supervised SEC examinations of investment advisers and other market participants.

Norm counsels the most sophisticated private fund sponsors in the world on complying with the constantly changing regulatory environment in the United States and other countries. Private fund sponsors seek out Norm’s advice because he can bring to bear his perspective as a former regulator, a former partner of a private fund manager and now a law firm partner. Norm’s large and wide-ranging practice, including defending numerous SEC examinations, gives him unparalleled insight into the most pressing regulatory issues in the market.

Norm advises private fund sponsors in five main areas:

  • Adviser Structuring — Counseling new sponsors and existing sponsors in structuring and registering investment advisers, including setting up compliance infrastructure.
  • Fundraising — Assisting private fund sponsors in fundraising to make sure disclosure meets regulators’ expectations.
  • Transactions — Private fund sponsors often consult Norm on deals to make sure that deal structures and related fees will withstand regulatory scrutiny.
  • GP Strategic Matters — Assisting private fund sponsors with regulatory issues regarding minority stake sales, asset management mergers and acquisitions and secondary transactions.
  • Government Interaction — Kirkland has represented private fund sponsors in more than 175 SEC examinations since 2012. Norm and his team draw on this vast store of knowledge to help private fund sponsors avoid issues and navigate through SEC examinations.

Norm’s book, Going Public, about his experiences at the SEC is available on Amazon. For more information on Going Public, visit www.goingpublicthebook.com. His new book Mastering Money, a personal financial guide for people entering or re-entering the workforce, will be in stores and online November 8th.

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Thought Leadership

Seminars

Norm is a frequent and seasoned speaker having presented on securities law topics at SEC programs, Princeton University’s Bendheim Center for Finance, the Practicing Law Institute, ICI, SIFMA, MFA, the Saudi Central Bank, the New York City Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the ACA Compliance Group, the Financial Times and others.

He is also a lecturer on investment management law at Harvard Law School.

Recognition

Harvard Law School Lecturer on Investment Management Law since 2008

SEC Chairman’s Award for Law and Policy, 2014, 2011

SEC Chairman’s Award for Labor Management Relations, 2014, 2011

SEC Chairman’s Analytical Methods Award, 2013

Memberships & Affiliations

Advisory Council, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Board of Directors, The School of American Ballet 

Former Trustee, The Spence School

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1990New York

Education

  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude1989
  • King's College LondonM.A., War Studies1986
    Fulbright Scholar
  • Princeton UniversityA.B., Historysumma cum laude1985