Thompson Hine Adds Corporate Partner Bibb Lamar Strench in Washington

Strench Joins as Fifth Lateral Partner in 2016

Date: March 08, 2016

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that Bibb Lamar Strench has joined the Investment Management subgroup of the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities practice as a partner in Washington, D.C.

Strench is the fifth lateral partner to join Thompson Hine this year, following the recent addition of corporate partner David D. Watson in Cleveland, and last month’s expansion of its New York office with the addition of Timothy J. McCarthy and Louis M. Solomon to the Business Litigation practice and Jonathan A. Olick to the Real Estate practice.

Strench’s practice focuses on exchange-traded funds (ETFs), closed-end funds, mutual funds and other investment companies. He provides advice on regulatory, compliance, entity formation, auditor independence, corporate governance and other issues related to the operation of funds and investment advisors.

Strench began his career as a lawyer with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Investment Management, where he worked on notable no-action letters and significant exemptive applications, as well as participated in the inspection of mutual fund complexes. During that time, the Division approved key innovations that modernized the fund industry including the first ETF and the first mutual fund multiple class structure.

“Thompson Hine’s highly regarded investment management practice and its growing presence in Washington was a big draw,” said Strench. “Over the years, I have worked closely with several corporate partners at the firm and found them to be exceptional practitioners and am looking forward to having them as my colleagues. I especially welcome the opportunity to apply the firm’s cutting-edge legal service processes and technology to my ETF and other fund clients. This will allow them to achieve greater efficiencies and an enhanced client-lawyer experience.”

“Bibb brings a wealth of investment management experience to Thompson Hine, and we are pleased to expand this service area out of our Washington office,” said David A. Wilson, partner-in-charge of the Washington office. Donald S. Mendelsohn, leader of the Investment Management group added, “his practice complements our existing investment management practice well, and our clients will greatly benefit