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)
Andrew J. Donohue, widely known as Buddy Donohue, is Of Counsel in the Investment Funds practice.
Buddy has over 40 years of experience in both senior government and private sector roles, having most recently served as SEC Chief of Staff to Chair Mary Jo White (2015-2017). He is best known for his service as Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (2006-2010) (where he was effectively the most senior regulator for the U.S. funds industry), Global General Counsel at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (2003-2006), Executive Vice President and General Counsel at OppenheimerFunds Inc. (1991 – 2001) and Investment Company General Counsel at Goldman Sachs (2012-2015).
Buddy has been an officer, director and counsel for numerous investment advisers, broker-dealers, commodity trading advisers, transfer agents and insurance companies, and has served on the boards of business development companies, registered open-end funds, closed-end funds, exchange traded funds, Cayman funds and Dublin- and Luxembourg-based UCITS. He has also served as Chairman of the ABA Investment Companies and Investment Advisers Subcommittee, and as an Editor of the ABA Guide for Fund Directors.
Buddy is an acknowledged and highly respected thought leader within the industry, having published, lectured and delivered talks on a variety of investment fund topics. He currently is also an Adjunct Professor teaching investment management law at Brooklyn Law School.
Oliver Ireland's practice focuses on retail financial services and bank regulatory issues including consumer protection regulations and CFPB powers and initiatives, and all types of payment transactions, including compliance with NACHA rules.
Mr. Ireland's practice also includes regulatory issues applicable to bank and thrift holding companies and to national and state charter banks, federal and state chartered thrifts, and federal and state chartered credit unions, as well as other financial regulatory issues, including margin lending.
Mr. Ireland was recommended by Chambers USA 2013, Legal 500 US 2012 and International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers 2014, named one of Washington's top banking and privacy lawyers by the Washingtonian magazine (2004), and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America as a leader in the field of banking law since 2006. Education