Norm Champ is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Norm is a member of the Investment Funds Group. Previously, Norm was the director of the Division of Investment Management at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  

While at the SEC, Norm played a key role in the SEC’s completion of landmark reforms in 2014 to strengthen the $3 trillion money market fund industry, and led important structural and policy changes in the Division of Investment Management. He was the leader of interactions with the Financial Stability Oversight Council as the Council turned its attention to whether asset management firms are “systemically important.” He also worked on crisis management efforts at securities firms to protect customers of those firms. Norm also headed the creation of Guidance Updates and Senior Level Engagement initiatives, both of which were established to provide transparency to the industry about the priorities and goals of the SEC and to create a dialogue between policymakers and the senior management of asset management firms.

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.

Prior to becoming the Director of the Division of Investment Management, 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 advisors, investment companies, broker-dealers, national securities exchanges, credit rating agencies, clearing firms and other market participants.

Norm is one of several members of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management who have recently joined Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group Regulatory Practice. Alpa Patel served as branch chief and Jamie Walter served as senior counsel in the Private Funds Branch of the Division’s Rulemaking Office. Aaron Schlaphoff was an attorney fellow in the Division’s Rulemaking Office. Marian Fowler served as senior counsel to the Division Director.


Thought Leadership


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.


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


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1990New York


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