Thompson Hine’s Investment Management Practice Named ETF.com Lawyer of the Year

Thompson
Hine LLP
is pleased to announce that its Investment
Management
practice was the co-winner of the ETF.com
Lawyer of the Year – 2016
award, presented annually to the law firm
that has done the most to push the exchange-traded funds (ETF) industry
forward, including driving new and innovative products through the
Securities and Exchange Commission and advocating for the industry.

“In the increasingly competitive ETF marketplace, having the right team
on your side can make the difference between success and failure for an
ETF issuer. With new innovations happening every day, and a shifting
regulatory environment, a solid investment law practice is a critical
part of that team,” said Dave Nadig, CEO of ETF.com. “The ETF.com award
for Lawyer of the Year recognizes firms like Thompson Hine who are out
on the front lines for their clients.”

ETF.com applauded the firm’s “up-to-date knowledge of the regulatory
environment” as “invaluable to issuers,” and one client reiterated that,
“in an era of ever-changing regulation, Thompson Hine has been
invaluable in helping keep us on the cutting edge.”

The awards are intended to recognize the people, companies and products
that are moving the ETF industry forward and delivering new value to
investors. ETF.com award winners are selected in a three-part process
designed to leverage the insights and opinions of leaders throughout the
ETF industry.

Thompson Hine’s strong Investment Management practice currently
represents over 65 fund complexes and 430 individual registered funds –
in most cases, advising the board as well as the independent trustees.
In addition, the firm counsels more than 40 registered investment
advisers and has a rapidly growing ETF practice. Last year, the firm
added well-known ETF partner Bibb
Strench
to its Washington office. Strench accepted the award on
behalf of Thompson Hine at the ETF.com awards ceremony in New York.

“We appreciate the recognition for working with our clients to drive the
ETF industry forward with new and innovative products,” said Don
Mendelsohn
, leader of the Investment Management subgroup of the
firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities practice. “As the ETF
industry displays competitive performance, we continue to provide
clients with comprehensive guidance on how to adapt their strategies to
an ETF so that it meets the ever-changing regulatory requirements.”

Thompson Hine’s investment management lawyers have extensive experience
advising clients on ETF formation and the development of new products.
The firm counsels a variety of financial firms on entering the ETF
business, including those creating their own ETF trusts, those launching
ETFs using third-party platforms and those becoming sub-advisers to ETFs
offered by existing fund complexes. Thompson Hine guides ETF sponsors
through complex legal issues and helps facilitate the efficient and
timely launch of their ETFs. Once the ETF is launched, the firm advises
on a broad range of issues including regulatory filings and compliance
and board matters. The firm has developed relationships with leading ETF
service providers including administrators, Authorized Participants
(APs), custodian banks, distributors, exchanges, index providers and
market makers.

The firm recently launched Market
Matters
, a series of podcasts exploring legal and regulatory
issues affecting the investment management industry, including ETFs.

About Thompson Hine LLP. Thompson Hine LLP, a full-service
business law firm with approximately 400 lawyers in 7 offices, is ranked
number 1 in the category “Most innovative North American law firms: New
working models” by The Financial Times. For 4 straight years,
Thompson Hine has distinguished itself in all areas of Service Delivery
Innovation and is one of only 7 firms noted in the BTI Brand Elite
for “making changes to improve the client experience.” The firm’s
commitment to innovation is embodied in Thompson Hine SmartPaTH®
– a smarter way to work – predictable, efficient and aligned with client
goals. For more information, please visit ThompsonHine.com
and ThompsonHine.com/about/SmartPaTH.

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