Jay Baris is the chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Investment Management Practice. Mr. Baris represents investment companies, broker-dealers, investment advisers and other financial institutions in the full spectrum of financial services regulation. He helps clients develop new financial products that cross over banking, commodities, insurance and securities law.
Mr. Baris counsels independent directors on governance issues. He also advises mutual funds and investment advisers on mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, compliance, exemptive applications and innovative regulatory issues. He has advised fund administrators and custodians on a wide range of contractual and operational issues.
Mr. Baris was recently recognized as an elite “Leading Lawyer” by the Legal 500 US 2013 guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide and has twice been nominated, in 2012 and 2010, for “Independent Fund Counsel of the Year” by Fund Directions (Institutional Investor). He is listed in Best Lawyers in America (2008-2014) for his work in corporate law, mutual funds law and financial services regulation law, as well as in Chambers USA 2009-2013, Legal 500US 2009-2013, New York Super Lawyers (Securities and Corporate Finance) 2006-2012 and Super Lawyers Business Edition 2011. Mr. Baris was nominated for the “Fund Titan” Award (Outside Counsel Category) by Ignites.com in 2008.
Mr. Baris serves as vice chair of the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section. Previously, he served as chair of the Subcommittee on Investment Companies and Investment Advisers from 2003-2009, and vice chair from 1999-2003 and 2009-2012. He also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation and as chair of the Task Force on Investment Company Use of Derivatives and Leverage of the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities.
An active speaker and writer on issues concerning investment management and the regulation of financial institutions, Mr. Baris has been published in a variety of trade and general interest publications, including Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, Fund Action, The Review of Banking & Financial Services and USA Today Magazine.
Mr. Baris received his J.D. from Hofstra University and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. While at Stony Brook, Mr. Baris was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
State University of New York at Stony Brook (B.A., 1975) Hofstra University School of Law (J.D., 1978)
Kelley Howes serves as Of Counsel within Morrison & Foerster’s Investment Management practice. She has experience with a wide range of legal, regulatory, compliance, corporate governance, insurance, and other matters relating primarily to the representation of U.S. registered and unregistered investment companies, offshore funds, registered investment advisers, transfer agents, and broker-dealers.
Ms. Howes has counseled independent fund directors on governance issues, and has advised mutual funds on mergers, reorganizations, compliance, and regulatory matters, including examinations and enforcement matters. She has also advised public companies with regard to corporate governance and various corporate transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, subsidiary ownership issues, and equity and debt issuances.
Ms. Howes has more than 20 years’ experience in investment management-related matters. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, she served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Janus Capital Group Inc., a NYSE-listed global asset management holding company. She also previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Janus Capital Management LLC, a U.S. registered investment advisory subsidiary of Janus Capital Group, and as President of the Janus funds and President of Janus Distributors LLC.
Ms. Howes has served on the boards of directors of Young Americans Bank/Young Americans Center for Financial Education; ICI Mutual Insurance Company; and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
During her time at Suffolk University School of Law, Ms. Howes was a member of the Suffolk Transnational Law Review.