E. Carolan Berkley is a Partner in the Philadelphia office of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP where she concentrates her practice in the areas of investment management, derivatives, finance, secured transactions, general corporate law and opinion. Ms. Berkley represents investment management companies, open-end and closed-end investment companies, and registered advisers in a range of matters.
Ms. Berkley provides regulatory, compliance and business advice, including on disclosure, compliance policies and reports, liquidity and leveraged loans, interfund and securities lending, financing distribution costs, on and off balance sheets, derivatives, statutory trust issues and director’s duties. She also represents business corporations and alternative entities in a variety of matters, including formation, reorganizations, domestic and international private business acquisitions, secured and unsecured loans, derivatives, securitizations and general business advice.
Ms. Berkley is an active member of a number of committees of the American Bar Association Business Law Section. Ms. Berkley has worked on American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and TriBar Opinion Committee projects on legal opinions. She served as a member of the drafting group for the Pennsylvania Legal Opinion Deskbook and co-reporter for the ABA report on Closing Opinions of Inside Counsel.
Ms. Berkley is the past chair of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section Legal Opinions Committee. She chaired the Article 9 Task Force of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Business Law Section, which was given the assignment of preparing revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code for adoption in Pennsylvania. Ms. Berkley also co-chaired the Joint Task Force of the ABA and the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers on Revised Article 9 Enactment Process in a national effort to ensure adoption of revised Article 9 in all jurisdictions. Most recently she was a member of the Drafting Committee on Amendments to Uniform Commercial Code Article 9.
Ms. Berkley is also a frequent lecturer on advisor and mutual fund compliance and opinion practice issues.
She earned her B.S., cum laude, from Tufts University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Temple University.
She is the author of Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Portfolio Series No. 82, Third Party Legal Opinions.
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