04 December, 2023

QPWB Electrifies Preventative Law Adding Energy Industry Specialist


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Chicago, IL - 12/04/2023

QPWB is thrilled to announce the addition of Kris Keys to its esteemed team. Keys, with a rich background in the energy sector, previously served in a key leadership role at Exelon.

Keys has expressed excitement about joining the firm, highlighting QPWB's potential to become a driving force in supporting compliance enforcement, governance, and investigatory challenges faced by companies. With a focus on board governance and a wealth of experience in overseeing high-profile investigations, Keys brings a unique perspective that aligns with QPWB's commitment to Lawyer Differently(R) and upholds an elevated standard of caring.

"I'm excited to introduce Kris to the firm due to the vast experience he brings from the energy industry. As an industry specialist and preventative law advocate, he brings a unique perspective to our Compliance, Enforcement, Governance, and Investigations divisions that will open the door to new lines of business for the firm while providing innovative, problem-solving-based solutions for our clients," said Eric Boyer, Managing Partner at QPWB.

He emphasizes the importance of understanding the needs of legal departments within organizations, stating, "General counsels and chief compliance officers often need counsel themselves, and I think I'll bring those perspectives to the firm that will help counsel those organizations in their maturation process with robust, risk-informed processes."

In discussing preventative legal instruction and QPWB's innovative approach, Keys highlights the significance of GenCo, a division of QPWB's risk stress tests and subscription model. He sees tremendous upside for clients, especially those in the early stages of building a business. "It is truly innovative to think about legal services on a subscription basis. The benefit to the clients is having a portfolio of expertise coming to bear when needed."

As the conversation delved into the challenges of the energy industry, Keys identified three key thoughts, including the pace of regulatory enforcement changes, economic constraints on legal departments, and the critical role of risk and focus on business outcomes. Keys believes that QPWB's focus on understanding and addressing these challenges positions the firm to deliver value to clients.

Looking ahead, Keys expressed his eagerness to contribute to QPWB's growth by evangelizing the benefits of strong governance, robust controls, proactive assessments, and innovative legal services. He sees a particular opportunity to help shape the content of governance models related to AI, given its transformative impact on the energy industry and the legal profession.

QPWB is confident that Kris Keys' wealth of experience and strategic vision will contribute significantly to the firm's success. The entire team welcomes him with enthusiasm and looks forward to achieving new heights together.

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