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What the team is known for

One of the market leaders for registered fund expertise, aiding the most high-profile asset managers and expansive fund complexes, alongside small to midsized entities, in fund formation, transactions, regulatory compliance and litigation. Demonstrates familiarity with a diverse array of fund structures. Noted for its considerable strength in all matters related to exchange-traded funds.


"The team I work with is fantastic," says one client. "They are professional and have a deep knowledge and awareness of all the best practices in the industry."

"They have a wide range of knowledge and provide sound advice on a variety of topics,"says another.

Work highlights

Advised Morgan Stanley's mutual funds, closed-end funds, BDCs and CLOs on a range of issues, including the launches of new funds and regulatory compliance.

Notable practitioners

Adam Teufel is called upon by investment companies to provide counsel on both corporate and regulatory issues surrounding ETFs and mutual funds.
"He provides legal advice which is implementable and important." "We have found him to be very professional and responsive."

Allison Fumai 's clients include significant financial institutions, which she routinely advises on operational issues and regulatory compliance.
"She's knowledgeable and experienced." "She's really moved into the ETF space, she's built a niche there and she's well recognized."

Christopher Christian is best known for his international funds work, working with foreign-domiciled funds and UCITS.
"Chris’s strengths include his efficiency, responsiveness and substantive knowledge of the law."

Christopher Harvey has a wide-ranging knowledge of vehicles such as ETFs and manager-of-managers funds.
"He has top-notch technical knowledge and ability, yet he is highly effective in problem solving." "He is an incredibly talented attorney who masterfully blends his keen legal, business and political intellect."

Douglas Dick 's strong practice encompasses advising open-end funds and ETFs on transactional and associated regulatory issues.
"He is business-friendly and very knowledgeable in a breadth of areas." "If people have questions he offers a very responsive and thorough answer."

Geoffrey Kenyon is adept at handling matters involving mutual funds, closed-end funds and ETFs.
"In addition to a strong technical underpinning, his years of experience enable him to provide sound counsel on a wide range of matters." "I have high regard for him, he is knowledgeable."

John O'Hanlon regularly acts on the launch and operation of mutual funds and ETFs. He draws on his experience within the SEC to advise on regulatory and compliance issues.
"He excels in the ’40 Act, which has a very complex framework. He's also a very good communicator and problem solver."

Mark Perlow is known for his astute advice concerning open-end and closed-end funds.
"He's a strong and knowledgeable lawyer. I take a tremendous amount of comfort in his knowledge, he's been invaluable." "He has an extensive depth of knowledge across the regulatory spectrum."

Robert Helm is renowned for his experience of handling international issues. He is relied upon by a number of the market's most high-profile funds and their directors to advise them on issues relating to ETFs and mutual funds.
"He is very smart and a very good lawyer."

Stephen Bier advises clients on a host of matters affecting mutual funds and ETFs. He is routinely called upon to advise clients on regulatory and compliance matters, as well as transactional issues.
"He's great, we are very happy with the work he does."

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Harnessing decades of innovation to serve our investment fund clients

Dechert is a leading adviser to financial services firms, asset managers and investment funds, representing clients that range from small start-up and boutique operations to some of world’s largest financial institutions. Our practice is among the largest in the industry, and we’ve been innovating in this arena for more than 40 years.

Our lawyers provide advice, counseling and assistance on a full spectrum of legal services relating to investment funds: 

  • Fund Lifecycle Matters – new product development; fund structuring and formation; securities offerings; global marketing, advertising and distribution; fund restructuring transactions and consolidations; mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances; over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives transactions.
  • Management and Governance – pricing, trading and liquidity practices; fund governance; investor representation; tax structuring, employee benefits and ERISA matters.
  • Regulatory – compliance and enforcement; investment company and investment adviser regulation; commodities and futures regulation; insurance product regulation; broker-dealer regulation; bank regulation.
  • Investigations and Litigation – examinations, inspections, inquiries, and investigations by regulatory entities; sanctions and anti-money laundering actions; commercial and securities litigation.

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Dechert LLP


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2929 Arch Street




PA 19104-2808

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

USA - Nationwide

Registered Funds

Adam Teufel
Up and Coming
Allison Fumai
Band 4
Christopher Christian
Band 4
Christopher P Harvey
Band 2
Douglas P. Dick
Band 4
Geoffrey Kenyon
Band 3

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