On September 1, it was announced that Willkie Farr &Gallagher partners Joel Goldberg and Rose DiMartino were nominated among a short list of candidates to receive "Ignites" 2009 Fund Titan Awards. Mr. Goldberg is nominated for the Fund Titan: Lifetime Achievement Award and Ms. DiMartino is nominated for the Fund Titan: Outside Counsel Award. Willkie is the only firm or company to have two nominees included on this short and distinguished ballot. Fund Titan Awards recognize legal and compliance professionals who leave a significant imprint on the mutual fund industry. The 2009 nominees are acknowledged particularly for having been directly involved in helping mutual funds manage the historic and abrupt changes that have battered the industry since last September. The nominations recognize exceptional expertise in handling money market fund issues, mergers, industry layoffs and the significant challenges to compliance.
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A former Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Investment Management, Mr. Goldberg has more than 25 years of experience advising mutual funds, as well as mutual fund management teams and independent directors. An expert on the Investment Company Act of 1940, Ms. DiMartino counsels investment companies and their advisers in all aspects of their organization and operation. Both are partners in the firm's Asset Management Department in the New York office.