Moves in Investment Management Practices Continue with Lateral to Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton grew its investment management practice group with the addition of a Morgan Lewis & Bockius partner.

John M. Ford joined the firm’s Philadelphia office where he will focus on investment company and investment adviser regulatory matters, the formation and registration of investment companies and advisers and issues relating to regulatory compliance and securities law.

Ford was a partner in Morgan Lewis’ investment management and securities industry practice group. Prior to that, he was an attorney with mutual fund service company Rodney Square Management Corp.

Aside from his focus on investment management issues, Ford has experience counseling clients on reorganizations, mergers and other business combinations of investment companies.

“John has 12 years 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,” Pepper Hamilton investment management practice chairman Joseph V. Del Raso said in a statement.

Ford’s move continues a flurry of lateral activity this year in the relatively small investment management bar in Philadelphia.

William H. Rheiner, the partner-in-charge of Ballard Spahr’s investment management group for more than 20 years, joined Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young in March as a partner along with partners E. Carolan Berkley and John N. Ake, of counsel Lisa M. King and associate Matthew R. DiClemente.

At that time, legal analysts said Stradley Ronon and Drinker Biddle & Reath were the biggest local players in the practice area. Most of Morgan Lewis’ work in the area is done out of its Washington, D.C., office, they said, as is Dechert’s.

Paula D. Shaffner, who represents investment broker/dealers in their litigation needs, left Saul Ewing for Stradley Ronon in May.

~Gina Passarella, Senior Staff Reporter

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