Alan Beller, who left the SEC as its director of the Division of Corporation Finance earlier this year, announced today that he will rejoin his former partners at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where he was a longtime partner before joining the commission. He follows in the footsteps of Giovanni Prezioso, the former Cleary partner who left in 2002 for a stint as the SEC’s general counsel and recently said he’ll rejoin the firm this summer.
Both announced plans to leave the agency around the time Bill Donaldson passed the reins to Christopher Cox, who brought in his own peeps. Beller was replaced by longtime Cravath, Swaine & Moore partner John White, who’s married to Mary Jo White of Debevoise & Plimpton, the former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan. Prezioso was replaced by Cox’s former Latham & Watkins colleague Brian Cartwright.