Investment Management SECURITIES

Combining a track record of financial regulatory agency service and extensive investment adviser experience, our lawyers provide comprehensive representation to the investment management industry.


Registered investment companies and their directors, private funds, investment advisers and broker-dealers turn to us for advice on their most challenging and complex regulatory, litigation, enforcement and transactional issues. Clients rely on us for the seasoned insight of a team that includes lawyers who have served in senior positions in the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Division of Investment Management and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and as in-house counsel to investment advisers managing registered funds. Our lawyers have substantial experience in all facets of the investment management business, its regulation, and the defense of investment advisers and funds in litigation and regulatory proceedings. We also counsel venture capitalists, hedge funds, offshore funds and their directors, and other unregistered investment companies and their advisers on fund formation, operation and compliance.

McLucas, William R.

William R. McLucas

Chair, Securities Department

+1 202 663 6622 (t)

william.mclucas@wilmerhale.com

Architzel, Paul M.

Paul M. Architzel

Partner

+1 202 663 6240 (t)

paul.architzel@wilmerhale.com

Boot, Jeannette K.

Jeannette K. Boot

Partner

+1 212 295 6507 (t)

jeannette.boot@wilmerhale.com

Doberman_Amy

Amy R. Doberman

Partner

+1 202 663 6588 (t)

amy.doberman@wilmerhale.com

Martin, Lori A.

Lori A. Martin

Partner

+1 212 295 6412 (t)

lori.martin@wilmerhale.com

Pierce, Leonard A.

Leonard A. Pierce

Partner

+1 617 526 6440 (t)

leonard.pierce@wilmerhale.com

Schnall, Matt

Matthew Schnall

Partner

+1 617 526 6892 (t)

matt.schnall@wilmerhale.com

Silva, Timothy F.

Timothy F. Silva

Partner

+1 617 526 6502 (t)

timothy.silva@wilmerhale.com

Wu, Dino

Dino Wu

Partner

+1 212 295 6436 (t)

dino.wu@wilmerhale.com

Faust, John M.

John M. Faust

Special Counsel

+1 202 663 6105 (t)

john.faust@wilmerhale.com

Experience

Our Investment Management Group has extensive experience representing clients on investment company, investment adviser, hedge fund and broker-dealer regulatory issues, as well as related issues affecting banks and pension funds, and other matters involving investment and financial products. In recent matters, we have:

  • Represented investment advisers, broker-dealers, independent trustees and special committees with respect to directed brokerage, securities lending, expert networks and insider trading, and front-running and risk assessments relating to subprime exposure, as well as related inquiries by the SEC, CFTC, self-regulatory organizations and state attorneys general
  • Obtained exemptive relief from the disqualification provisions of the Investment Company Act on behalf of large financial services firms
  • Developed an investment pool structure to facilitate international offering and asset management of investment funds
  • Created a structure for employee ownership of a private investment fund that does not require registration under the Investment Company Act
  • Served as transactional counsel and/or regulatory counsel to financial services companies in acquisitions of investment management firms with purchase prices ranging from tens of millions to billions of dollars
  • Resolved a FINRA proceeding involving retention and supervision of electronic communications

Background

Several members of our group—which practices in the firm’s Boston, New York and Washington DC offices—have held important positions in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Our broader Securities Department, of which the Investment Management Group is a core part, includes a former director and a number of former assistant and associate directors of the SEC's Division of Enforcement and a number of former members of the SEC’s Office of General Counsel, including a former General Counsel and a Deputy General Counsel. Members of the Investment Management Group also have held senior positions with registered investment advisers.

Publications & News

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January 26, 2016

2015 CFTC Year-in-Review, and a Look Forward

CFTC continues to bring high-profile, large-penalty enforcement cases; begins bringing cases to enforce Dodd-Frank Act implementing regulations; and embarks on post-Dodd-Frank Act regulatory initiatives.

December 21, 2015

SEC Proposes New Framework for Regulating Funds’ Use of Derivatives and Leverage

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) proposed a rule that, if adopted, would rescind nearly 30 years of Commission and staff guidance that is currently relied upon by most mutual funds, closed-end funds and business development companies or “BDCs” (collectively, funds) when entering into derivatives, short sales or other transactions that create conditional or unconditional future payment obligations on a fund. [Also published by Law360].

November 5, 2015

WilmerHale Named 2016 Law Firm of the Year in Mutual Funds By U.S. News - Best Lawyers®

WilmerHale has been named the "Law Firm of the Year" in Mutual Funds Law by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® in the 2016 edition of the annual "Best Law Firms" list.

November 2, 2015

WilmerHale Receives Top Rankings, Named “Law Firm of the Year” in Mutual Funds Law in 2016 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” List

U.S. News - Best Lawyers® has named WilmerHale "Law Firm of the Year" in Mutual Funds Law and recognizes the firm as a first-tier law firm in 21 national and 58 metro-area rankings. In addition, the firm boasts more than 30 second- and third-tier rankings.

October 26, 2015

FinCEN Proposes AML Requirements for Registered Investment Advisers

An article by Franca Harris Gutierrez, Sharon Cohen Levin, Matthew A. Chambers, Timothy F. Silva, Katrina Carroll, Elijah M. Alper, and Carleton Goss, published in the October 2015 edition of Banking & Financial Services Policy Report, Vol. 34, No. 10.

September 3, 2015

FinCEN Proposes AML Requirements for Registered Investment Advisers

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has proposed long-expected regulations that would extend anti-money laundering (AML) requirements to federally registered investment advisers (RIA).

July 27, 2015

A Bold New Regulatory Landscape for Research: SEC Approves FINRA Rules Addressing Conflicts of Interest for Equity and Debt Research

More than ten years after the Global Research Settlement and the adoption of NASD Rule 2711, the Securities and Exchange Commission has approved new FINRA rules addressing conflicts of interest for both equity and debt research analysts and research reports.

June 4, 2015

Investment Management Lawyer Amy Doberman to Join WilmerHale

Amy Doberman will join the firm as a partner in its Washington DC office and build on the strengths of the firm’s Securities Department and Investment Management Practice.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

May 18, 2015

FINRA Allows Use of Related Performance Information in Communications Regarding Mutual Funds with Financial Intermediaries and Other Institutional Investors

On May 12, 2015, the staff of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued an interpretive letter to Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC that conditionally allows distributors of mutual funds to include certain types of related performance information in communications with institutional investors, including registered broker-dealers and investment advisers.