Lorraine Echavarria, the former head of enforcement in the Securities and Exchange Commission's Los Angeles office, has joined WilmerHale's securities litigation and enforcement practice as a partner based in WilmerHale's Los Angeles office, the firm announced.

During her 15 years with the SEC, Echavarria had responsibility for a broad range of investigations involving every major subject area of the SEC's enforcement program, including financial reporting and disclosure, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insider trading, hedge fund regulation, investment advisers and broker-dealers, and matters arising from all of the SEC's specialized units (FCPA, Market Abuse, Municipal Securities, Asset Management, Structured and New Products). Ultimately serving as associate regional director, Echavarria oversaw more than 60 attorneys and accountants conducting investigations and litigating enforcement actions for the SEC's Los Angeles office.

Echavarria's practice at WilmerHale will focus on representing public companies, corporate officers, financial institutions, hedge funds and other financial market participants facing government investigations and enforcement actions. She will also conduct internal investigations for boards and audit committees, as well as provide advice and guidance to businesses on corporate governance and compliance issues.