SOURCE: Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

October 01, 2010 09:00 ET

Burton M. Leibert Joins Stroock's Investment Management Practice

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 1, 2010) - Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, announced the addition of Burton M. Leibert as a Partner in the Investment Management Practice Group in New York, effective immediately. 

Mr. Leibert was a partner in the Asset Management Group of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York from which he recently retired. Prior to joining Willkie, Mr. Leibert served at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in various positions including Assistant Director of the Division of Investment Management. Mr. Leibert was also counsel for ERISA Regulation and Fiduciary Responsibility at the United States Department of Labor.

He specializes in securities law and investment management, and formerly chaired Willkie's investment company and investment management practice group. He was also a member of Willkie's Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Department, concentrating on ERISA fiduciary matters. 

Mr. Leibert devotes much time to the representation of investment company trustees. Other significant matters included his work on combinations of investment companies, issuance of preferred stock by closed-end investment companies to achieve leverage, and the development of a manager-of-managers structure. He was called upon to lead the investigation with respect to "market timing" and "late trading" in shares of Bank of America's Nations Funds (mutual funds) on behalf of the fund's independent trustees.

"We've worked with Burt for almost 30 years on shared engagements; he's a great lawyer and a good friend. We are thrilled to have him join us," said Stuart H. Coleman, Stroock's co-managing partner and chairperson of the Investment Management Practice Group. 

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is a law firm providing transactional and litigation guidance to leading multinational corporations, investment banks and private equity firms in the U.S. and abroad. Stroock's emphasis on client service and innovation has made it one of the nation's leading law firms for over 130 years. Stroock's practice areas include capital markets/securities, commercial finance, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, private equity, private funds, derivatives and commodities, employment law and benefits, energy and project finance, entertainment, environmental law, financial restructuring, financial services litigation, insurance, intellectual property, investment management, litigation, personal client services, real estate, structured finance and tax. For more information, please visit Stroock's website at www.stroock.com.