Mr. Baris is the chair of the Investment Management practice. He represents investment companies, broker-dealers, investment advisers and other financial institutions in the full spectrum of financial services regulation. He helps clients develop new financial products that cross over banking, commodities, insurance and securities law. Mr. Baris counsels independent directors on governance issues. He also advises mutual funds and investment advisers on mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, compliance, exemptive applications and innovative regulatory issues. He has advised fund administrators and custodians on a wide range of contractual and operational issues.
Mr. Baris serves as vice chair of the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section. Previously, he served as chair of the Subcommittee on Investment Companies and Investment Advisers from 2003-2009, and vice chair from 2009-2012.
Mr. Baris serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, and as chair of the Task Force on Investment Company Use of Derivatives and Leverage of the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities.
An active speaker and writer on issues concerning investment management and the regulation of financial institutions, Mr. Baris has been published in a variety of trade and general interest publications including Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor,The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, Fund Action, the Review of Banking & Financial Services, and USA Today Magazine.
Mr. Baris was a member of Phi Beta Kappa during his time at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.