After 11 years of working as a staff attorney in the Securities and Exchange Commission's division of enforcement, Lawrence A. West, associate director of the division, is stepping down to become a partner with Latham & Watkins.

During his tenure, West distinguished himself by working on fraud cases at a number of hedge funds as well as WorldCom, Enron and Parmalat.

"For well over a decade, Larry West has approached the work of protecting investors with energy, creativity and courage," said Linda Chatman Thomsen, director of the division of enforcement. "He has brought great intellect to every investigation and devoted countless hours to making sure we got it right. The list of the cases he brought is impressive, but not nearly as impressive as the person who brought them. It has been a great gift to work with Larry, and we will miss him very much."

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