Coming from Hirschler Fleischer, this duo brings to the firm decades of combined experience serving institutional investors and investment managers and advisers. Joining Klees and Farmer are attorney Guy Morley and associates Sheherezade (“Zee”) Malik and Aleks Johnson.
“Adding strong business and securities talent continues to be a key strategic priority for the Global Corporate group and the company. These highly regarded lawyers are an excellent strategic complement as they bring with them a sophisticated private fund practice, representing public pension plans and other institutional investors in private funds, forming private funds and providing regulatory advice. said James Tandler, Co-Chairman of Reed Smith Global Corporate Group. “This group will immediately contribute to our growing funds practice, and we are delighted to have them join our firm.”
A recognized authority on legal, compliance and policy matters, Klees advises endowments, foundations, pension plans, family offices, outsourced chief investment offices (OCIOs) and other institutional investors, regulatory oversight, risk management, operations, and compliance and ethics issues. Klees previously worked at Farmer as Co-Chair of Hirschler’s Investment Management Practice Group, and his prior roles include General Counsel for the University of Virginia Investment Management Company (UVIMCO) and Associate General Counsel for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Klees writes and speaks frequently on institutional investment issues. He is the past chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Institutional Investors Committee and is an advisor to the Institutional Limited Partner Association. He is also co-author, with Nobel laureate H. Robert Horvitz, Ph.D., of Connecting with Business: A Guide to Biomedical Consulting Agreementsand is a former lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he co-taught a course on private equity and hedge funds.