Frank Keating, former chief executive of the American Bankers Association, has joined the law firm Holland & Knight as a partner.

Keating will advise clients in the financial services industry, Holland & Knight said Thursday. Keating will be based in the firm's Washington office.

Holland & Knight's clients in the banking sector have included Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and GE Capital Aviation Services.

Keating led the ABA from 2011 to 2015. He was succeeded as the group's president and CEO by Rob Nichols, who previously led the Financial Services Forum. Keating was criticized at the time of his appointment and throughout his tenure for lacking experience in the banking sector; Nichols was hired, in part, because of his in-depth experience in policy matters.

Keating, a Republican, was governor of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2003. He was also formerly assistant secretary of the Treasury Department under President Ronald Reagan and was general counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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