Kyle DeYoung is a partner in the Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations Practice Group in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He focuses his practice on representing public companies, financial institutions, and individuals in regulatory investigations and providing clients with strategic counseling when facing complex regulatory issues, potential enforcement actions, and corporate crises. Kyle has extensive experience handling regulatory investigations, both in private practice and at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and is an experienced litigator who has tried cases in federal court and in administrative proceedings.
Kyle previously spent seven years at the SEC. Most recently, he was Senior Counsel to the Director of Enforcement, where he advised and assisted in the overall management of the SEC’s enforcement program and helped devise and implement policy and strategies to effectively enforce federal securities laws. He also served as Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the SEC Division of Enforcement’s Trial Unit, where he worked with enforcement staff to investigate potential violations of the federal securities laws and represented the SEC in enforcement actions in federal court and administrative proceedings.
Kyle has investigated and litigated potential violations of the securities laws in a broad range of areas, including disclosure issues, insider trading, market manipulation, broker-dealer and investment adviser regulations, compliance failures, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, accounting issues, auditor independence rules, requirements for tender offers, failure to supervise, structured financial products, and whistleblower issues. He has significant experience with legislative and regulatory issues and has provided subject matter expertise to Congressional staff on a variety of topics including insider trading, market manipulation, stock buy-backs, activist investors, foreign companies listed on U.S. exchanges, administrative proceedings, public company disclosure requirements, the Electronic Communication Privacy Act, the Financial CHOICE Act and other issues.
Prior to joining Kirkland, Kyle was a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft. Before joining the SEC, he was an associate and counsel at WilmerHale. Kyle clerked for the Honorable Suzanne B. Conlon of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Kyle received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.