Stradley Ronon attorney Frances Gauthier co-incorporated the Delaware Hispanic Bar Association, the first professional association in Delaware for Hispanic attorneys. The association was formed to promote the social, economic, professional and educational advancement of the Hispanic community in the state. Ms. Gauthier is a founding board member and vice president of the organization.
Ms. Gauthier is of counsel in the firm's Wilmington, Delaware office and co-chairs the firm's diversity group. As a member of the firm's business practice group, she represents both publicly and privately held business entities in a broad range of corporate and commercial matters including corporate governance, alternative entity law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and commercial lending. Ms. Gauthier is also co-chair of two committees of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law: the Business Law Fellows, Ambassadors and Diplomat Committee and the Diversity Committee.
In a move that greatly enhances its nationally recognized investment management/mutual funds practice group, Stradley Ronon has been joined by William H. Rheiner, former partner-in-charge of Ballard Spahr Andrews and Ingersoll, LLP's investment management group, and four other Ballard investment management attorneys.
With the addition of two other partners, E. Carolan Berkley and John N. Ake, of counsel Lisa M. King and associate Matthew R. DiClemente, Stradley Ronon's investment management/ mutual funds group now boasts 45 legal professionals. The group serves more than 700 separate funds with over $1 trillion in assets under management, including several of the largest investment company complexes in the country.
Mr. Rheiner served as chairman of Ballard Spahr's business and finance department as well as partner-in-charge of the firm's investment management group for more than 20 years. He serves as lead counsel to several large mutual fund complexes in addition to his representation of investment advisers and broker-dealers. He has extensive experience handling some of the largest mergers of mutual fund complexes and numerous investment company mergers and acquisitions. He is the former co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Investment Company Committee.