Bingham McCutchen has added an investment management team of five attorneys to its Washington office, the firm announced Monday.
Thomas Harman, W. John McGuire and Christopher Menconi, formerly at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, join Bingham as partners. Monica L. Parry and Michael Berenson, also formerly of Morgan Lewis, join as of counsel.
Roger Joseph, head of the investment management team at Bingham, said in an interview that the firm, which has most of its financial team in Boston, sought to expand its Washington representation before the Securities and Exchange Commission.
"We very much expect to draw on that regulatory background and experience to help us represent our clients more effectively before the SEC," Joseph said in an interview.
Harman formerly served as chief counsel and associate director of the SEC's Division of Investment Management. Harman focuses his practice on investment advisers, mutual funds, closed-end funds, private investment companies and exchange-traded funds.
"It was an opportunity to build a bigger footprint and have the synergy that flows from an even larger group of mutual fund lawyers," Harman said.
McGuire focuses his practice on exchange-traded funds, and represents ETF investment companies, advisers and listing markets. He also counsels on different regulatory and transactional matters, including the development of new products and services, federal and state compliance issues and mergers and acquisitions.
"The intent was to be someplace where we would be a stronger practice group, a stronger resource, where we could do more for clients," McGuire said.
Menconi represents investment advisers and registered funds.