Marian Fowler is a partner in the Investment Funds Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Prior to joining Kirkland, Marian served as Senior Special Counsel to the Director of the Division of Investment Management at the SEC in Washington, DC. Marian was a key adviser to the Division Director, including Kirkland partner Norm Champ, on all Division projects and priorities and also served as the primary liaison between the Division and the Chairman’s office and Commissioners’ offices. Previously, Marian was Senior Counsel in the Investment Company Rulemaking Office in the Division of Investment Management.

Prior to joining the SEC, Marian was in private practice where she served as counsel to investment advisers, investment companies, and boards of directors.

Marian is one of several members of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management who have recently joined Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group Regulatory Practice. Aaron Schlaphoff was an Attorney Fellow in the Division’s Rulemaking Office. Norm Champ was the director of the Division of Investment Management. Jamie Walter was Senior Counsel in the Private Funds Branch. Alpa Patel was Branch Chief of the Private Funds Branch.


Thought Leadership


KPMG, Thought Leadership Forum for BDCs and Other Specialty Finance Institutions, SEC Directives and Other Regulatory Matters (October 2017)

Financial Times, Top Advisers Forum, Staying Compliant in an Ever-Shifting Landscape (October 2017)

Kirkland & Ellis, Registered Adviser Seminar and CCO Summit (September 2017)

Practising Law Institute, SEC Speaks, Investment Management Workshop (February 2017)*

Financial Markets Association, Legal & Legislative Issues Conference, SEC Division Reports (November 2016)*

*Conducted while at the SEC


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008District of Columbia
  • 2007Massachusetts


  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.cum laude2004–2007

    Legal Research and Writing Fellow

  • University of California, Los AngelesM.P.P.2002–2004
  • University of OregonB.A., Political Sciencesumma cum laude1997–2001

    Phi Beta Kappa

    Presidential Scholar