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Renowned Investment Management Attorney Jay Baris Joins Morrison & Foerster

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NEW YORK, March, 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Morrison & Foerster LLP announced today that Jay Baris has joined the firm as a Partner in its New York office and will lead the firm's Investment Management practice.  Mr. Baris represents investment companies, broker-dealers, investment advisers and other financial institutions in the full spectrum of financial services regulation.  He helps clients develop new financial products.  Mr. Baris counsels independent directors on governance matters and also advises mutual funds and investment advisers in mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, compliance, exemptive applications and innovative regulatory issues.

Before joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Baris was a partner of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.  Mr. Baris served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investment Companies and Investment Advisers from 2003-2009, and currently serves as its Vice Chair. The Subcommittee is part of the American Bar Association's Section of Business Law Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities. Mr. Baris recently chaired the Task Force on Investment Company Use of Derivatives and Leverage.  Mr. Baris has been recognized by the Chambers guide as a leading investment management lawyer.

"The addition of Jay Baris highlights the firm's focus on investment management and Advisers Act issues and the firm's continuing commitment to addressing regulatory matters affecting financial institutions and fund clients. Recent regulatory developments require clients to tackle new business challenges.  We believe Jay will help clients address these developments," said Keith Wetmore, Chair of the firm.

Mr. Baris earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and his B.A. from State University of New York at Stony Brook.  He is a member of the New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Bar.

About Morrison & Foerster

Morrison & Foerster is a global firm with over 1000 lawyers in key technology and financial centers in the U.S., Europe and Asia.  Our attorneys share high standards and a commitment to excellence.  Our dedication to serving client needs has resulted in enduring relationships and a record of high achievement.

  • Ranked by Chambers USA 2010 as one of the leading financial services firms
  • Ranked by IFLR1000 as a leading firm for financial services regulation
  • PLC Which lawyer? Global Portrait observes "regarded as one of the US' innovative finance teams, Morrison & Foerster has a comprehensive banking and finance practice"
  • U.S. News-Best Lawyers Best Law Firms 2010 ranks the firm as one of the leading Banking and Finance firms nationally

SOURCE Morrison & Foerster LLP



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