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Former Chief Counsel at Investment Company Institute Joins Ropes & Gray’s Washington, D.C. Office

Practices: Asset Management

Global law firm Ropes & Gray today announced the arrival of Jennifer S. Choi as counsel and senior policy adviser to the firm in the asset management practice, based in Washington, D.C.  The firm and its asset management clients will benefit from Jennifer’s extensive knowledge and experience with the securities laws and policy issues related to the investment management industry.

Jennifer’s 16-year tenure, including as chief counsel for ICI Global at the Investment Company Institute, the leading trade association representing regulated investment funds, gives her an unparalleled understanding of issues affecting the firm’s investment management clients.

Jennifer is engaged and advises on a wide variety of regulatory, governance, and market matters.  Jennifer has almost 30 years of experience in the public policy arena for the financial services industry with expertise on regulatory and policy trends and strategic engagement with policymaking bodies. She also brings significant global perspective with extensive experience working on international issues in Europe and Asia. 

Bryan Chegwidden, chair of the firm’s asset management practice said: “Jennifer complements our experienced registered funds team, recognized throughout the industry for the current, commercial and sophisticated counsel it provides to investment management clients. She will be a valuable advisor to our clients and practice and brings to the firm strong connections to regulatory agencies and industry organizations.”

Jennifer joins Ropes & Gray’s award-winning asset management practice, ranked band 1 in Chambers USA for registered funds. The group’s more than 100 lawyers represent investment advisers and investment funds of all types and the independent directors of many of the largest and best-known fund groups, at a time of global industry expansion and increasing regulatory complexity.

Ropes & Gray’s asset management practice has an outstanding reputation grounded in a team of exceptional registered funds lawyers,” Jennifer said. “I am excited to be joining the firm’s growing team and its growing Washington, D.C. office.”

During her 16 years at ICI, Jennifer held various roles, including associate general counsel for global capital markets policy and associate counsel for international policy.

Earlier in her career, Jennifer worked at the Investment Adviser Association. From 1995 to 1999, she held various positions at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, including assistant director in the Division of Investment Management and special counsel in the Division of Market Regulation (now the Division of Trading and Markets). At the SEC, she also received the Martha Platt Award for dedication, excellence, and integrity.

In addition to her work at the firm, Jennifer is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University School of Law teaching Regulation of Mutual Funds and Their Investment Advisers.  From 2006 to 2018, Jennifer also served as an adjunct professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law.

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