Jamie Lynn Walter is the founding partner of the Washington, D.C., Investment Funds group. Her practice focuses on securities regulation, with particular emphasis on the structuring, management, and operation of investment advisers, private funds, and registered investment funds. Jamie has represented some of the world’s largest asset managers on a wide range of regulatory and compliance matters, and has successfully counseled clients through complex SEC examinations and enforcement investigations. She also provides guidance on regulatory matters related to the acquisition and structuring of portfolio company investments.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Jamie most recently served as Senior Counsel in the Private Funds Branch of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management. While at the SEC, Jamie was responsible for providing significant legal guidance on a wide range of matters involving 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 examinations and enforcement matters. She was also key member of several SEC rulemakings.

Jamie is a lecturer on private fund regulation at Howard University School of Law and a frequent speaker on regulatory issues related to the asset management industry.


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