WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 2, 2010) – Perkins Coie announced today that three attorneys have joined its Washington, D.C. office launching the firm's Investment Management group. Partners Martin E. Lybecker, Mary C. (Molly) Moynihan, and Associate Gwendolyn A. Williamson will be part of the firm's Business practice.
"Marty and Molly are widely recognized as leaders in representing investment management clients and we are happy to welcome them to the firm," said Stewart Landefeld, partner and Chair of the firm's Business practice. "We are excited to have Marty and Molly as leaders of the new investment management group. Their considerable experience and knowledge base will be a tremendous asset as we add this important service to what we can offer to clients."
Marty Lybecker, former associate Director of the SEC's Division of Investment Management, specializes in representing investment companies (and their boards of trustees), investment advisers, broker-dealers, depository institutions, insurance companies and financial services trade associations.
Molly Moynihan, a former general counsel for the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, has represented a wide array of investment management clients including registered open-end investment companies, private funds, registered investment advisers and independent directors of fund complexes.
"We couldn't be more thrilled that Marty, Molly and Gwen have joined Perkins Coie," said Karl Ege, senior counsel in the Business practice and former chief legal officer for Russell Investments. "Their insights and experience are wonderful additions to the firm and an exciting new resource for our clients."
The Investment Management group will offer legal counsel to clients in the investment management industry, including registered open-end funds, closed-end funds, business development companies, hedge funds, private equity funds and other private investment companies, funds offered by banks and insurance companies, family offices, and their sponsors, investment advisers, independent directors and service providers. They will also represent the sponsors of products that compete with registered investment companies, such as wrap accounts and bank collective investment funds.
"We are excited to join Perkins Coie," said new partner Marty Lybecker. "This is a unique and terrific opportunity to build upon a highly regarded business practice and add a new element to further serve clients."
The firm has been recognized for its accomplishments in the legal profession, its commitment to diversity and its excellent client service. In January, the firm was recognized by Fortune for the eighth consecutive year as being one of the "100 Best Places to Work." In addition, the firm was recently named as one of the "2010 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms" by Yale Law Women. For the second consecutive year, the firm was named one of the "Best Law Firms for Women" by Working Mother magazine and national consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, and the Firm also earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's top rating of 100 percent in the 2009 and 2010 Corporate Equality Index. In addition, the firm received the Corporate Partnership Award for Supporting People with Disabilities.
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