Carl Frischling - Perkins Coie LLP

Carl Frischling

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Carl Frischling, Chair of the Financial Services Group, advises financial services firms on financial services law, financial services regulation, investment company law and the law governing mutual funds. Mr. Frischling counsels clients on all the legal facets of their business, including acquisitions and sales of investment managers and investment management companies. A pioneer in the field of bank-related mutual funds, he guides clients in developing and structuring comprehensive mutual fund complexes, advises on distribution channels and alliances, and has played a key role in the development of many new mutual fund products. He also advises mutual funds and their independent directors/trustees on their fiduciary obligations under federal securities laws.

Mr. Frischling previously served as chief administrative officer and general counsel of a large mutual fund complex that included a retail and institutional sales force, investment counseling and an internal transfer agent. During his 10 years with the organization, he handled a comprehensive range of legal and business aspects within the financial services complex. He also served on the Investment Company Institute Board of Governors and was involved in ongoing matters with all the regulatory areas overseeing this industry.

Mr. Frischling has served on a number of boards of directors, including serving for 35 years on the board of Invesco Mutual Funds before retiring at the end of 2012, and on the Reich & Tang Funds board until September 2015. He was an original director of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum, a not-for-profit organization representing independent directors of investment companies, and served in that role until he became Trustee Emeritus in September 2015. He also serves as a member of the advisory board of Columbia University Medical Center and is a former trustee of the Yorkville Youth Council. Mr. Frischling serves on the advisory board of BoardIQ and on the editorial board of Money Management Executive, both of which are publications serving the financial services industry

Columbia Law School J.D.
American Bar AssociationNew York County Lawyers Association

Client Comments

"Carl Frischling is a most effective counselor on all matters that our board deals with, at all times. He has represented our board as counsel to the Independent Directors for almost a decade."

-Michael Nugent
Morgan Stanley Funds

"I have worked with Carl for over 25 years and found him to be excellent to work with."

Office Location

30 Rockefeller Plaza, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10112-0085
United States

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Mutual Funds Law