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.

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McLucas, William R.

William R. McLucas

Chair, Securities Department

+1 202 663 6622 (t)

william.mclucas@wilmerhale.com

Silva, Timothy F.

Timothy F. Silva

Chair, Investment Management Practice

+1 617 526 6502 (t)

timothy.silva@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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September 23, 2016

Key Differences Between CFTC and SEC Final Business Conduct Standards and Related Cross-Border Requirements

An article by Paul Architzel, Dan Berkovitz, Gail Bernstein, Seth Davis and Ted Serafini, published in the Journal of Investment Compliance in September 2016, analyzes the differences between the SEC's newly adopted final business conduct rules for security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants under Section 15F(h) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the parallel rules promulgated under the Commodity Exchange Act by the CFTC with respect to swap dealers and major swap participants.

July 15, 2016

Life and Annuity Series: Class Certified in an ERISA “Unreasonable Compensation” Case

The Colorado federal court concluded last summer, in Teets v. Great-West Life & Ann. Ins. Co., that an insurer could be subject to ERISA liability for receiving unreasonable compensation in connection with a stable value fund, and that the fund was not exempt from ERISA as a “guaranteed benefit policy.”

July 13, 2016

Civil Fines Jump Across Agencies Under Inflation Adjustment Act

Civil fines across federal agencies have recently been increased dramatically under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) (Sec. 701 of Public Law 114-74), with some more than doubling. Companies violating the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Improvements Act, the Securities and Exchange Act, or the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), among others, could soon face civil monetary penalties that are up to 150% higher than the existing levels. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the 2015 Act would increase the federal government's revenue by $1.3 billion over the next ten years.

July 7, 2016

SEC Proposes New Requirement for Business Continuity Plans for Investment Advisers

On June 28, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a rule that would require all SEC-registered investment advisers to adopt and implement a business continuity and transition plan.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 16, 2016

Finding The Perfect Derivatives Risk Manager

In this article published by BoardIQ, Amy Doberman discusses a rule that the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed in December addressing the use of derivatives by registered investment companies.

May 11, 2016

SEC Proposal on Investment Company Use of Derivatives – A Solution in Search of a Problem?

In this article published by The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, Amy Doberman discusses the proposed Investment Company Act Rule 18f-4 and addresses that the new requirements will further restrict the ability of registered funds to invest in derivatives and increase the oversight burden on fund boards.

April 8, 2016

DOJ Launches FCPA Pilot Program to Encourage Corporate Voluntary Disclosure and Cooperation

On April 5, 2016, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice's Criminal Division issued an enforcement plan and guidance laying out three steps it is taking to intensify Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement.

March 4, 2016

German Cum/Ex-Trades: Enhanced Risks and Industry-Wide Challenges

The German and international financial industries and their advisors have come under new pressure to investigate so-called 'cum/ex' trades conducted between 2000 and 2012.

February 29, 2016

SEC's Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee Considers Market Volatility and Customer Issues

The Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee held its third meeting at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington DC on February 2, 2016. The Committee is considering whether various regulatory or industry initiatives would improve the function of the US equity markets.