Thompson Hine’s Investment Management Practice Named Lawyer of the Year

Date: April 21, 2017

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that its Investment Management practice was the co-winner of the Lawyer of the Year – 2016 award, presented annually to the law firm that has done the most to push the exchange-traded funds (ETF) industry forward, including driving new and innovative products through the Securities and Exchange Commission and advocating for the industry.

“In the increasingly competitive ETF marketplace, having the right team on your side can make the difference between success and failure for an ETF issuer. With new innovations happening every day, and a shifting regulatory environment, a solid investment law practice is a critical part of that team,” said Dave Nadig, CEO of “The award for Lawyer of the Year recognizes firms like Thompson Hine who are out on the front lines for their clients.” applauded the firm’s “up-to-date knowledge of the regulatory environment” as “invaluable to issuers,” and one client reiterated that, “in an era of ever-changing regulation, Thompson Hine has been invaluable in helping keep us on the cutting edge.”

The awards are intended to recognize the people, companies and products that are moving the ETF industry forward and delivering new value to investors. award winners are selected in a three-part process designed to leverage the insights and opinions of leaders throughout the ETF industry.

Thompson Hine’s strong Investment Management practice currently represents over 65 fund complexes and 430 individual registered funds – in most cases, advising the board as well as the independent trustees. In addition, the firm counsels more than 40 registered investment advisers and has a rapidly growing ETF practice. Last year, the firm added well-known ETF partner Bibb Strench to its Washington office. Strench accepted the award on behalf of Thompson Hine at the awards ceremony in New York.

“We appreciate the recognition for working with our clients to drive the ETF industry forward with new and innovative products,” said Don Mendelsohn, leader of the Investment Management subgroup of the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities practice. “As the ETF industry displays competitive performance, we continue to provide clients with comprehensive guidance on how to adapt their strategies to an ETF so that it meets the ever-changing regulatory requirements.”

Thompson Hine’s investment management lawyers have extensive experience advising clients on ETF formation and the development of new products. The firm counsels a variety of financial firms on entering the ETF business, including those creating their own ETF trusts, those launching ETFs using third-party platforms and those becoming sub-advisers to ETFs offered by existing fund complexes. Thompson Hine guides ETF sponsors through complex legal issues and helps facilitate the efficient and timely launch of their ETFs. Once the ETF is launched, the firm advises on a broad range of issues including regulatory filings and compliance and board matters. The firm has developed relationships with leading ETF service providers including administrators, Authorized Participants (APs), custodian banks, distributors, exchanges, index providers and market makers.

The firm recently launched Market Matters, a series of podcasts exploring legal and regulatory issues affecting the investment management industry, including ETFs.