Thompson Hine’s Investment Management Practice Named Innovation Award Finalist

Date: February 13, 2017

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that its Investment Management practice is a finalist for 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 finalist announcement, notes that “in an era of ever-changing regulation,” one client noted that “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. Winners will be announced on March 30, 2017.

Thompson Hine has a strong Investment Management practice, currently representing over 65 fund complexes and 430 individual registered funds – in most cases, representing the board as well as the independent trustees. In addition, the firm represents 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.

“We appreciate the recognition for working with our clients to drive the ETF industry forward with new and innovative products,” said Donald S. 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.


About Thompson Hine LLP. Thompson Hine LLP, a full-service business law firm with approximately 400 lawyers in 7 offices, is ranked number 1 in the category “Most innovative North American law firms: New working models” by The Financial Times. For 4 straight years, Thompson Hine has distinguished itself in all areas of Service Delivery Innovation and is one of only 7 firms noted in the BTI Brand Elite for “making changes to improve the client experience.” The firm’s commitment to innovation is embodied in Thompson Hine SmartPaTH™ – a smarter way to work – predictable, efficient and aligned with client goals. For more information, please visit and