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ERISA Counsel Joins Stradley Ronon

February 27, 2017
Firm News
PHILADELPHIA – Stradley Ronon announced today that George Michael Gerstein, who focuses his practice on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), has joined the firm as counsel in its Washington, D.C., office. Gerstein was most recently with the employee benefits firm Groom Law Group and has also worked in-house at two large financial institutions.

A member of Stradley Ronon’s leading investment management group, Gerstein advises financial institutions, investment managers and plan sponsors on a broad range of issues related to Title I of ERISA, particularly the fiduciary responsibility and prohibited transaction issues in respect of plan investments and related products, including FX, stable value and derivatives. He counsels clients on the rules and regulations related to investments by governmental plans. He has also examined and written about the potential ERISA implications of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect.

“George adds to our practice enhanced capabilities in employee benefits and ERISA law, which is an area of critical importance for many of our clients,” said Bruce G. Leto, Stradley Ronon’s Investment Management Group Chair. “His extensive ERISA knowledge and in-house experience enable him to provide pragmatic, actionable advice to our investment management clients and serve to further deepen our bench of talented lawyers in this area.

Prior to joining Groom Law Group, Gerstein was vice president and counsel with State Street Bank and Trust Company and an associate in the legal division of Deutsche Bank. He received his J.D., cum laude, from University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Dickinson College.

“I have long been impressed with the reputation of Stradley Ronon and its talented attorneys,” said Gerstein. “I am excited to join a team that has such a remarkable client base and history in the investment management industry.”

Stradley Ronon maintains one of the premier investment management practices in the United States, representing investment company clients with more than 1,500 separate funds and assets under management exceeding $2 trillion, including several of the top 10 investment company complexes in the country by assets under management. The group represents retail and institutional investment companies marketing shares through every distribution channel, as well as managers, administrators and underwriters/distributors.

About Stradley Ronon

Counseling clients since 1926, Stradley Ronon has helped private and public companies – from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations – achieve their goals by providing pragmatic, value-driven legal counsel. With offices in eight strategic locations, our responsive team of more than 200 attorneys seamlessly addresses the full spectrum of our clients’ needs, ranging from sophisticated corporate transactions to complex commercial litigation.

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