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NEW YORK, NY (September 13, 2016) – Perkins Coie is pleased to announce the expansion of its Investment Management practice in New York with the addition of partners Carl Frischling, Alexandra Kambouris Alberstadt, Aviva L. Grossman and Mark F. Parise.

“We are thrilled to welcome these exceptional attorneys,” said Michael Glaser, Chair of Perkins Coie’s Corporate practice. “Carl is one of the most highly regarded and respected investment management lawyers in the industry. The addition of this nationally renowned team will greatly increase the scope and depth of our investment management practice in the New York market.” Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Carl, Alexandra, Aviva and Mark were with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

Carl, who chaired Kramer Levin’s Financial Services Group, advises clients on regulatory and legal issues, including the structuring of complex mutual fund agreements and fiduciary obligations under the Federal securities laws. Carl has received numerous honors in his career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 from Fund Directions and its inaugural Independent Counsel of the Year Award in 2007. He is recognized by Chambers USA with a Band 2 Nationwide: Investment Funds ranking (2011-2016). In addition, he is noted by Legal500 US as a leading lawyer in investment fund formation and management in mutual and registered funds (2006; 2009 - 2016). He was named one of the Visionaries of the Modern Mutual Fund Industry by Strategic Insight in 2011. Carl earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School and received his M.B.A. and B.A. from Columbia University.

“These highly respected investment management attorneys represent a significant number of well-established, nationally recognized mutual funds and their independent directors,” said Martin E. Lybecker, Chair of Perkins Coie’s Investment Management Practice. “They are a meaningful addition to our practice and our representation of mutual fund clients, and in particular the counselling of independent directors.”

Alexandra advises investment companies and independent directors, investment advisers and public and private companies on regulation, governance and compliance. She represents U.S and global investment funds and advisers in connection with regulatory and compliance matters as well as in matters before the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Alexandra offers time and energy to significant pro bono initiatives centered around assisting New York not for profit corporations with governance, operations and compliance matters and expects to continue with her pro bono activities in the future. Alexandra earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law and received her LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law and her B.A. from St. John’s College.

Aviva counsels advisers, funds and independent directors on formation, governance and compliance issues related to the Investment Company Act and the Investment Advisers Act. She also advises companies on Investment Company Act status and structuring. A former attorney with the SEC Division of Investment Management, Aviva earned her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and received her B.A., cum laude, from Yeshiva University.

Mark counsels clients on governance, regulatory compliance, corporate and transactional matters involving mutual funds, closed-end funds, hedge funds and investment advisers. He advises boards of directors, and funds and investment advisers on fiduciary obligations and matters pertaining to the Investment Company Act and Investment Advisers Act. Strongly committed to supporting pro bono initiatives, Mark is accredited to represent military veterans before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and received his B.A. from Hartwick College.

“Perkins Coie is rapidly growing in New York and attracting superstar talent, with an almost fifty percent increase in attorney headcount since 2015,” said Keith Miller, Managing Partner of the firm’s New York office. “Carl, Alexandra, Aviva and Mark follow other significant lateral additions, as we have expanded our intellectual property and patent litigation, as well as emerging company and venture capital teams. We are committed to continuing to strengthen the breadth and depth of our services in New York.”

The Perkins Coie Investment Management group represents multibillion dollar mutual fund complexes and their independent directors on all aspects of their operations, registered and unregistered funds, investment advisers and family offices. It is an independent practice subgroup of Perkins Coie’s Business Group practice, with lawyers located in Washington, D.C., New York, Seattle and Denver.

Perkins Coie represents market leaders in a wide range of industries, including technology, telecommunications, Internet, e-commerce, investment management and finance, life sciences, aerospace, manufacturing, retail and energy. Perkins Coie is a recognized leader in venture capital transactions, IPOs, follow-on public offerings and mergers and acquisitions and has substantial experience in all major aspects of capital formation, corporate finance, securities regulation, investment management and corporate governance. Firm attorneys also advise clients in a wide range of public and private debt and equity financings and strategic transactions.

About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie LLP has more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. The firm provides a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to emerging growth startups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.

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