Barry P. Barbash is a co-head of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s Asset Management Group and has been a practitioner in the asset management area for over 30 years. He combines deep private practice experience with extensive knowledge of the regulation of the asset management business, having served from September 1993 until October 1998, as the Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management.
Mr. Barbash has a diverse practice covering all aspects of the asset management business. He regularly advises investment managers and fiduciaries, mutual fund, exchange-traded fund, hedge fund, private equity fund venture capital fund clients on a variety of transactional, compliance and regulatory matters. His areas of expertise include investment adviser operations and compliance matters. He regularly represents buyers and sellers in asset management merger and acquisition transactions and restructurings and advises asset managers of all types in connection with administrative and court actions brought by securities regulators.
Mr. Barbash has particular experience and expertise dealing with "status" issues arising under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940. He has, in addition to serving as the Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, held staff attorney positions with the Division of Investment Management and the Plan Benefits Security Division of the Office of the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor, which has responsibility for the administration of the fiduciary responsibility provisions of the U.S. federal employee benefit plans law. His practice has been focused on investment advisers, fiduciaries and securities regulation since 1978.
He received his A.B. from Bowdoin College and his J.D. from Cornell Law School.
Mr. Barbash is co-author of Bloomberg BNA Securities Practice Portfolio Series No. 327, Hedge Funds: Structure, Taxation and Regulation.
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