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Prominent Investment Management Partner Joins Stradley Ronon as Fintech Practice Chair in Washington, DC

September 21, 2021
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PHILADELPHIA – Stradley Ronon is pleased to announce that leading securities and derivatives attorney Susan I. Gault-Brown has joined the firm’s Washington, DC office as a partner and chair of its fintech practice group, a division of the firm’s nationally-ranked investment management practice.

“Fintech continues to be a rapidly growing area of the investment industry. Susan’s credentials, deep experience and marquee clients in this area make her the perfect fit to enhance our already sizable fintech practice and lead our efforts in this area,” said Matthew R. DiClemente, partner and co-chair of the firm’s 65-attorney investment management group.

Gault-Brown will lead Stradley’s fintech practice group and serve as a member of the firm’s investment management department. She is the immediate past chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP’s investment management group and served as the blockchain + smart contracts group co-chair.

“I’m excited to have another partner with Susan’s high visibility in the investment management industry join our DC office,” said Prufesh R. Modhera, partner-in-charge of the firm’s Washington, DC office. “Susan’s SEC background and established reputation in the development and implementation of cutting-edge financial products will be a tremendous benefit to our clients and our practice.”

Gault-Brown has significant experience with emerging financial services products that are web and app-based, including crowdfunding platforms, investment platforms, cryptocurrencies, digital assets, blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) and roboadvisers. She represents a wide variety of clients, including registered funds, private funds, investment advisers, broker-dealers, funding portals, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators and other regulated financial participants, as well as entities exempt from regulation. She routinely counsels clients on SEC and CFTC compliance issues concerning derivatives and securities.

She is a member of the Task Force on Blockchains, Cryptocurrencies, and Investment Management of the ABA Subcommittee on Investment Companies and Investment Advisers. Prior to her time in private practice, Gault-Brown was senior counsel at the SEC’s Division of Investment Management’s Office of Chief Counsel. She served as judicial clerk early in her career to Judge Constance Baker Motley in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and was a member of the Order of the Coif. She received her M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, and was a Phi Beta Kappa member at Duke University.

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