F. Daniel Bell, III Joins as Partner

RALEIGH (December 3)Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today the addition of prominent attorney F. Daniel Bell, III to the firm’s Raleigh office. Mr. Bell is joining the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Team as a Partner.

Mr. Bell focuses his practice in the area of securities law compliance and regulatory defense representing broker-dealers, investment advisers, banks, and financial planners in all aspects of federal and state securities compliance and defense matters, including investigations and administrative proceedings before the SEC, FINRA, and all 50 state securities commissions. He represents national and local securities firms in multi-jurisdictional investigations and administrative proceedings, and has successfully concluded six 50-state settlements on behalf of broker-dealer clients.

“Dan brings decades of experience and a new element to the firm's Investment Management group,” said Rich Cicchillo, Kilpatrick Townsend’s Team Leader for its Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Practice. “Dan’s work with state regulatory administrators, FINRA (broker-dealer) examiners, and SEC compliance and enforcement staff is invaluable and will further enhance our capabilities and the breadth of  the firm’s practice. We welcome Dan to the firm.”

“I am honored to be joining Kilpatrick Townsend,” said Dan Bell.  “The opportunity to work with familiar colleagues that puts client service first, encourages collaboration, and serves an impressive and expanding client base drew me to the firm.”  

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bell was a partner in the Raleigh office of an international law firm where his practice focused on government enforcement, broker-dealer representation, global government solutions, investment management, including hedge funds and alternative investments, and securities enforcement. Before entering private practice, Mr. Bell served as the North Carolina Deputy to the Secretary of State in charge of securities regulation and enforcement from 1981 to 1988. He was responsible for oversight of the securities industry in North Carolina, including regulation of securities professionals, registration of securities offerings, and the investigative and enforcement authority of the state's securities laws.

Mr. Bell served on the Board of Directors and as President of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA).  He earned his J.D. from Loyola University. Mr. Bell received his M.B.A. from East Carolina University and his B.S. from the University of North Carolina.

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