Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C., announced today that Yousuf I. Dhamee has joined the firm’s Investment Management practice as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

Mr. Dhamee’s practice focuses on the representation of investment advisers in connection with the structuring and distribution of private and registered investment products. Mr. Dhamee also advises clients on the establishment and ongoing operations of investment adviser businesses, including structuring incentive compensation and equity ownership arrangements for principals. In addition, Mr. Dhamee regularly represents institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, in connection with their investments in private funds.

“We are very pleased to welcome Yousuf to the Firm,” said Los Angeles Office Managing Partner and Executive Committee Member, Julia Strickland. “Yousuf’s broad experience advising clients in the private funds sector further enhances our leading Investment Management practice and complements well our national Private Equity practice.”

Mr. Dhamee joins Stroock from the Los Angeles office of Bingham McCutchen. He previously worked as a director in the general counsel’s office of a registered investment adviser of hedge funds, debt funds and issuers of CDOs. Mr. Dhamee received his B.A. from Brown University, and J.D. from New York University School of Law where he was Editor of the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy.

Mr. Dhamee is joined by Corporate Associate Neema Ghannadi, who also joins Stroock from the Los Angeles office of Bingham McCutchen. Mr. Ghannadi has advised clients on the structuring and operations of various investment funds and their portfolio companies, including in relation to mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, and general corporate matters. Mr. Ghannadi has previously provided counsel to the Federal Trade Commission and the United States Attorney’s office.

“The addition of Yousuf and Neema will expand our corporate capabilities in private equity, as well as other sectors that benefit from private investments, and we are very happy to have them join us,” said Ray LaSoya, Stroock Los Angeles Partner and Chair of the firm’s national Private Equity Practice Group.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is a law firm providing transactional and litigation guidance to leading multinational corporations, investment banks and private equity firms in the U.S. and abroad. Stroock’s emphasis on client service and innovation has made it one of the nation’s leading law firms for 138 years. Stroock’s practice areas include capital markets/securities, commercial finance, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, private equity, private funds, commodities and derivatives, employment law and benefits, energy and project finance, entertainment, environmental law, financial restructuring, financial services litigation, government relations, insurance, intellectual property, investment management, litigation, national security/CFIUS, personal client services, real estate, structured finance and tax.


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