JPMorgan Chase & Co. has hired Stephen Cutler, the former chief of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, as its top legal officer.Cutler, 45, left the SEC last year after playing a central role in the agency's investigations into historic corporate fraud and trading abuses. Since leaving the SEC, Cutler has been working at Washington-based Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he is a partner and co-chairs the securities practice. Cutler will begin working at the bank in February as its executive vice president and general counsel.

The appointment makes Cutler the third former SEC enforcement chief on Wall Street, following a path cleared by former government regulators, including Deutsche Bank AG General Counsel Richard Walker and Gary Lynch, the top lawyer at Morgan Stanley.

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