February 1, 2006

The firm welcomes Barry P. Barbash and Karrie McMillan to the Washington office; and Joel H. Goldberg, Margery K. Neale and Maria Gattuso to the New York office.

Willkie is pleased to announce that five partners have joined the firm’s Investment Management practice group.  Effective February 1, Barry P. Barbash and Karrie McMillan will be resident in Willkie’s Washington office; and Joel H. Goldberg, Margery K. Neale and Maria Gattuso will be resident in the firm’s New York office.  They are joining four partners currently in Willkie’s Investment Management practice group: Burton M. Leibert, Rose F. DiMartino, Daniel Schloendorn and Emily M. Zeigler.  The group provides a broad array of legal services to registered funds, hedge funds and private equity funds and their directors, managers, shareholders, clients and vendors.  The five new partners were formerly with Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Mr. Barbash, who served for five years as the Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management, will head Willkie’s Investment Management group.  He regularly advises mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and their advisers in all aspects of their businesses.

Mr. Goldberg, who also served as the Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, has more than 20 years experience advising mutual funds, as well as mutual funds’ advisers and independent directors.

Ms. Neale’s practice primarily involves organizing and counseling mutual funds and other registered investment companies and business development companies, as well as advising clients that offer alternative investment vehicles, such as hedge funds, collective trusts and structured products.

Ms. McMillan, who previously served as Assistant Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management’s Office of Chief Counsel, advises registered funds and hedge funds, their advisers and other service providers on transactional and regulatory issues, including SEC examinations and enforcement proceedings.

Ms. Gattuso’s practice involves providing advice on the establishment and operation of registered investment companies, hedge funds, new product development, alternative fund structures and merger and acquisition transactions.