Jay G. Baris - Morrison & Foerster LLP

Jay G. Baris

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 212-468-8053

Mr. Baris 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 in governance issues. He also advises mutual funds and investment advisers in mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, compliance, exemptive applications and innovative regulatory issues.

Mr. Baris served as Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investment Companies and Investment Advisers from 2003-2009. The Subcommittee is part of the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities.  He currently chairs the Committee's Task Force on Investment Company Use of Derivatives and Leverage.

Mr. Baris also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation.

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 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.

Hofstra University School of LawJ.D. Stony Brook UniversityBA

Client Comments

"Jay Baris is one of the most knowledgeable, detail-oriented, and personable lawyers with whom I've had the pleasure to work."

-Michael Willner
FBR Funds

"Jay Baris is an outstanding lawyer and I would recommend him to everyone."

"Jay's comprehensive knowledge of the industry and his great people skills are the best I've come across. His breadth of expertise allows him to provide advice that works in a competitive business environment."

"Jay Baris has great knowledge of mutual fund law. He is personable, client-centric, and has excellent judgment and reasoning."

-Robert G. Zack
General Counsel
Oppenheimer Funds, Inc.

"Jay Baris is the most informed mutual fund attorney that I have ever known. His wise counsel has guided me as a director. I rely on him tremendously."

-Jack Fields
Twenty-First Century Group

"He is an excellent lawyer and very responsive. He gets the right people involved to ensure that the subject matter expertise is appropriately addressed. It is one of my "go-to" firms."

"Jay Baris is outstanding in knowledge, detail, and is a pleasure to work with."

"Jay goes the distance -- and then some. He not only provides thoughtful responses to our inquiries, he also takes initiative to inform us of things on the horizon that we should be thinking about. He has a very deep grasp of the technical issues, but more important, he brings a pragmatic perspective to the most technical of issues."

Office Location

250 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019-9601
United States

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Mutual Funds Law (Hedge Funds, Investment Advisers, Investment Management)

Other Information

Gender: Male