Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP announced that Philip L. Kirstein, will joi…

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP announced that Philip L. Kirstein, will join K&L’s New York office as Of Counsel on October 1, 2003. Kirstein was most recently General Counsel of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.

“Having spent more than 20 years in-house at Merrill Lynch, I’m excited to be re-entering private practice at K&L. The firm’s well-regarded financial services and asset management practices will be an excellent platform for developing my practice and assisting my clients,” said Kirstein.

A 1973 graduate of Syracuse University School of Law, Kirstein began his distinguished career at Merrill Lynch in 1980 after six years in private practice. He served as Vice President and subsequently General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Merrill Lynch Asset Management (renamed in 1998 as Merrill Lynch Investment Managers) from 1984 until his retirement in March 2003. Kirstein, age 58, is also a former Director and Member of the Executive Committee of ICI Mutual Insurance Company.

Commenting on Kirstein’s arrival, Robert J. Zutz, a leader of K&L’s Investment Management practice, said, “Phil is an outstanding addition to our investment management practice. We are thrilled that our fund and investment adviser clients will have access to his insight and extensive knowledge of the industry.”

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