Laura S. Pruitt has joined Jones Day’s Financial Institutions Litigation & Regulation Practice as a partner in its Washington Office.

Pruitt counsels clients on securities law and market regulation issues ranging from broker-dealer registration and compliance issues, alternative trading systems and equity trading, derivatives, investment adviser regulation and transfer agent, data privacy and anti-money laundering rules.

She also represents clients in connection with investigations and enforcement actions before the Securities and Exchange Commission and self-regulatory organizations.

“The current regulatory environment leaves financial and securities market participants potentially vulnerable to a wide range of complicated investigations, enforcement actions, and regulatory compliance issues,” said Tony Dias, who co-leads Jones Day’s Financial Institutions Litigation & Regulation Practice. “Laura’s broad experience, in both the private sector and in public service, make her a particularly strong addition to what is already a very effective practice. We look forward to her contributions and welcome her to Jones Day.”

Pruitt previously served as senior counsel in the Office of the General Counsel and as special counsel in the Office of the Chief Counsel in the Division of Market Regulation (now the Division of Trading & Markets) at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. In these roles she worked on various rulemaking initiatives and interpretations, assisted the Commission in responding to congressional inquiries, and reviewed enforcement actions brought before the Commission on behalf of the general counsel.