Jamie Lynn Walter is a partner in the Investment Funds Group in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Prior to joining Kirkland, Jamie was Senior Counsel in the Private Funds Branch of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management.

Jamie has extensive public and private sector experience related to the investment management industry. While at the SEC, she provided legal advice and guidance on a wide range of matters involving the regulation of investment advisers and investment funds, including private funds, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. She worked closely with the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) on matters relating to private funds and investment advisers, including pending examinations and possible enforcement actions. She also made significant contributions to several Commission rulemakings and was a key member of the team that developed the Commission’s December 2015 proposed rulemaking on the ‘Use of Derivatives by Registered Investment Companies and Business Development Companies.’

Prior to joining the SEC, Jamie was in private practice where she advised clients on a variety of legal matters related to the structure, management and operation of private funds. Before entering private practice, she served as law clerk to Judge Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Jamie 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.


Thought Leadership


Panelist, Private Fund Compliance Forum “Innovative Approaches to Compliance and Legal Training for your Firm,” Private Equity International/PEI (May 2017)

Moderator, Private Fund Compliance Forum “Firming Up Fees and Expenses Policies and Procedures,” Private Equity International/PEI (May 2017)

Panelist, Fifth Annual Legal Forum “Trends in SEC Examinations and Enforcement,” Investment Company Institute (ICI) General Membership Meeting (May 2017)

Panelist, “Mitigating Whistle Blower Risk,” Goldman Sachs Third Annual Hedge Fund Legal and Regulatory Seminar (March 2017)

Speaker, “Consistent & Transparent Valuation of ‘Unicorns,’” Voltaire Advisors webinar (March 2017)

Panelist, KPMG’s Third Annual Asset Management Signature Event “Updates on Regulatory and Tax Reform,” KPMG (February 2017)

Speaker, Major, Lindsey & Africa Alternative Asset Management General Counsel Luncheon “Regulatory Refresher: What to Watch for in the Trump Administration” (January 2017)

Panelist, “Transition Planning: Keys to Prepare for a Major Business Disruption,” IA Watch Conference (November 2016)

Speaker, Kirkland & Ellis Registered Adviser Seminar and CCO Summits (Fall 2016)

Speaker, Private Equity Regulatory Task Force (PERT) Meeting, Association for Corporate Growth (January 2016)

Instructor, “Securities Regulation II: Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds, Private Equity Funds and Advisers,” Howard University Law School (Fall 2014; Fall 2015)

Speaker, “Regulating Investment Companies and Investment Advisers,” SEC’s Thomas A. Biolsi International Institute for Capital Market Compliance and Examination (June 2014)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


  • Tulane University Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2007

    Managing Editor, Tulane Law Review

    Teaching Assistant, Legal Research and Writing

  • Ohio UniversityB.A., Spanish & Political Sciencecum laude2004