In the continued expansion of its corporate and financial services practices, Rimon Law has added Benjamin L. Douglas as a partner in its San Francisco office.
Mr. Douglas counsels businesses in all areas of asset management, including private investment advisers, hedge, real estate, and venture funds, mutual fund managers, and firms with hybrid businesses (such as private fund advisers that also sub-advise mutual funds). He handles matters ranging from fund formation, regulatory compliance and service provider relationships, to complex sales and acquisitions of asset management businesses.
Mr. Douglas began his legal career at Shartsis Friese LLP, where he practiced in that firm’s hedge fund group. In that capacity, he represented the management team at Robertson Stephens Investment Management in their spin-off of the firm now known as RS Investments. After several years at Charles Schwab Investment Management, focusing on U.S. mutual funds and retail funds in Europe and Asia, Ben became the General Counsel of RS Investments. At RS, he oversaw all legal aspects of the firm’s $20 billion business, including its mutual funds, institutional accounts and private funds. He managed the sale of a majority stake in RS Investments to Guardian Life Insurance, as well as RS’s acquisition of smaller firms and hiring of portfolio teams. He has also been in-house counsel at Forward Management and Dodge & Cox.
At Rimon, Mr. Douglas is joining a highly innovative, full-service team of attorneys with the ability to shift and adapt to unique client needs. Rimon’s corporate, litigation, intellectual property, tax and private client attorneys work as a close-knit team throughout its 14 offices internationally. Rimon and its founders have been recognized by the Financial Times and the American Bar Association Journal for innovation in the practice of law.
“Ben is an excellent addition to our corporate and financial services team,” said Rimon’s CEO Michael Moradzadeh. “He brings practical in-house experience that our clients find extremely valuable.”
“I’m honored and excited to bring my practice to Rimon,” said Mr. Douglas. “The firm’s innovative model, and its diverse team of excellent lawyers, will allow me to serve my clients more efficiently and completely.”
Mr. Douglas earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He volunteers as a member of the Citizen Review Board, which oversees the police department of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.
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