Barry P. Barbash - Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Barry P. Barbash

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 202-303-1201

Barry P. Barbash is a co-head of the firm’s Asset Management Group and has been a practitioner in the asset management area for over 35 years.  He combines deep private practice experience with extensive knowledge of the regulation of the asset management business, having, among other things, served from September 1993 until October 1998, as the Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management.

Barry has a diverse practice covering all aspects of the asset management business.  He regularly advises investment managers and fiduciaries, independent directors and trustees, and mutual fund, exchange-traded fund, hedge fund, private equity fund and venture capital fund clients on a variety of transactional, compliance and regulatory matters.  His areas of expertise include investment adviser operations, compliance procedures and policies and fund governance matters. He regularly represents buyers and sellers in asset management merger and acquisition transactions and restructurings and advises asset managers of all types in connection with administrative and court actions brought by securities regulators.  He has particular experience and expertise dealing with “status” issues arising under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940. He has, in addition to serving as the Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, held staff attorney positions with the Division of Investment Management and the Plan Benefits Security Division of the Office of the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor, which has responsibility for the administration of the fiduciary responsibility provisions of the U.S. federal employee benefit plans law.  His practice has been focused on investment advisers, fiduciaries and securities regulation since 1978.

Bowdoin CollegeAB 1975Cornell Law SchoolJ.D. 1978

Client Comments

"In a highly competitive and heavily regulated business, Barry Barbash has been our partner in helping to ensure we run our business right. His long experience (including his tenure as head of the Division of Investment Management at the SEC) means he not only knows the law thoroughly -- he understands the thinking that went into its formulation as well as the manner in which the SEC's approach to applying and enforcing it has evolved. You could not ask for a better guide through regulations. He also knows the industry. When confronting a new situation, we have benefitted enormously from his wide knowledge of how numerous successful industry participants have handled the same situation. Finally, not many practitioners do both fund formation and securities law at a top level; Barry is one of the few, and the combination yields both efficiency and creativity. We feel exceptionally well advised."

-Barton Aronson
General Counsel
New Vernon Capital, LLC

"You can't put a price on the value of Barry Barbash's skills, experience, and knowledge. He is a tremendous asset to any client."

"Barry Barbash has a deep knowledge of the law, related public policy and the investment management business. He's intent on delivering value to the client. He is simply the best there is. "

"Barry Barbash is the best lawyer in his field. He has tremendous judgment and makes you always feel like you are well protected."

"Barry Barbash tops the charts on insights regarding hedge and other private funds. A highly accomplished lawyer, Barry Barbash's experience and judgment, including with the SEC, is unmatched, particularly in connection with complex matters. "

"Barry Barbash is the best of the best. He has few peers on his level."

"Barry Barbash has a broad and deep understanding and expertise in the Advisers Act, Investment Company Act, and related federal securities laws and regulations due, in part, to his substantial SEC experience as the former head of the Division of Investment Management of the SEC."

Office Location

1875 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-1238
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Mutual Funds Law of the Washington DC Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law of the Washington DC Metro Area
Barry P. Barbash has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Barry P. Barbash has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Mutual Funds Law
Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law (Investment Management)
Securities / Capital Markets Law (Asset Management)