Pepper Hamilton Expands Investment Management Practice

Philadelphia, Pa. (LAWFUEL) – July 22, 2008 – Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that John M. Ford, a securities lawyer focusing on investment company and investment adviser regulatory matters, has joined the firm’s Investment Management Practice Group as a partner in the Philadelphia office.

“John has 12 years of experience assisting financial institutions with their investment management activities and is a perfect fit for our financial services practice in general, and our growing investment management practice in particular,” said Joseph V. Del Raso, chair of Pepper Hamilton’s investment management practice. “He is well regarded by his clients and colleagues in the mutual fund and investment advisory industry, and we’re delighted to welcome him to Pepper.”

Mr. Ford focuses his practice on investment company and investment adviser regulatory issues, and related issues affecting the investment management activities of financial institutions. He assists clients with the formation and registration of investment companies and investment advisers, and provides advice about regulatory compliance and securities law issues.

He also has significant experience counseling clients in connection with reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations of investment companies and other pooled investment funds. In addition, he is experienced in private funds and status issues related to the Investment Company Act.

Mr. Ford is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, in recognition of the strength of his practice in registered investment funds.

“Pepper’s sophisticated practice in the regulated and non-regulated fund industry and the opportunities to expand my practice are exciting,” said Mr. Ford. “I have known members of Pepper’s investment management group for many years, and I look forward to working with them and helping the practice continue to grow.”

Mr. Ford joined Pepper Hamilton from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he was a partner in its investment management and securities industry practice group. Before that, he was an attorney at Rodney Square Management Corporation, a mutual fund service company.

He is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University (B.S. 1991) and Rutgers University School of Law (J.D. 1994).

About Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton LLP ( is a multi-practice law firm with more than 500 lawyers in seven states and the District of Columbia. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world. The firm was founded in 1890.

Pepper Hamilton’s Financial Services Practice Group includes more than 50 lawyers and other professionals who focus their practices on issues affecting the financial services industry, including a wide range of businesses in the investment management community.

The firm’s investment management lawyers represent registered investment companies, registered investment advisers, alternative investment funds and investors in alternative products. They also counsel clients regarding securities regulation, enforcement and litigation. They are experienced in all matters arising under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

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