Ghillaine Reid
Ghillaine Reid ()

Ghillaine Reid, a former New York branch chief for the Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined McGuireWoods as a partner in New York and will co-lead the firm’s broker-dealer practice.

Reid, who spent about six years at the SEC, headed the enforcement division of the agency’s New York regional office from 1998 to 1999. She left in 2001 to join Gibbons, where she was a partner from 2005 to 2014. For the past two years, she was a partner at boutique Schoeman Updike & Kaufman.

Reid represents corporations and individuals in investigations of the SEC, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and other government agencies. She has handled SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings involving insider trading and accounting fraud.

Joining McGuireWoods on Monday, she will co-head the broker-deal practice for the firm’s financial institutions team with William Goydan. McGuireWoods hired Goydan, John Lukanski and Kiran Somashekara in March, all arriving from Reed Smith.

Reid, in an interview, said she was attracted to McGuireWoods’ growing financial services team including litigators and financial regulatory lawyers. Reid, 45, said the team’s focus dovetails with her own practice, representing investment and commercial banks, broker-dealers and registered investment advisers.

Reid noted the advantaged of moving back to a larger firm setting. “You have a greater bench at a larger firm,” she said. “That was certainly a motivator for me.”

Ghillaine Reid, a former New York branch chief for the Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined McGuireWoods as a partner in New York and will co-lead the firm’s broker-dealer practice.

Reid, who spent about six years at the SEC, headed the enforcement division of the agency’s New York regional office from 1998 to 1999. She left in 2001 to join Gibbons, where she was a partner from 2005 to 2014. For the past two years, she was a partner at boutique Schoeman Updike & Kaufman.

Reid represents corporations and individuals in investigations of the SEC, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and other government agencies. She has handled SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings involving insider trading and accounting fraud.

Joining McGuireWoods on Monday, she will co-head the broker-deal practice for the firm’s financial institutions team with William Goydan. McGuireWoods hired Goydan, John Lukanski and Kiran Somashekara in March, all arriving from Reed Smith.

Reid, in an interview, said she was attracted to McGuireWoods’ growing financial services team including litigators and financial regulatory lawyers. Reid, 45, said the team’s focus dovetails with her own practice, representing investment and commercial banks, broker-dealers and registered investment advisers.

Reid noted the advantaged of moving back to a larger firm setting. “You have a greater bench at a larger firm,” she said. “That was certainly a motivator for me.”