Paulita A. Pike - Ropes & Gray LLP

Paulita A. Pike

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 312-845-1200

Paulita is a partner in the Chicago office of K&L Gates LLP and is a Practice Group Coordinator for the firm’s global investment management practice.  Paulita represents mutual funds and their boards as well as investment advisers throughout the country.  In her capacity as board counsel, Paulita advises on a range of governance issues, including committee structures, committee and chair rotations, succession, director compensation, communications with the press, board and committee self-evaluations, and the identification, selection and orientation of new board members.

Paulita was named as “Independent Fund Counsel of the Year” in 2008 and 2013, along with Paul Dykstra, by Fund Directions.  She is on the advisory board of Board IQ, a national bi-weekly publication for mutual fund directors, and on the advisory board of The Mutual Fund Directors Forum, an organization dedicated to mutual fund independent directors.  She also is an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern Law School where she teaches a course on mutual fund regulation.

University of Notre Dame Law SchoolJ.D. 1996University of Notre DameBA 1993
The Art Institute of ChicagoChicago Shakespeare TheaterNorthwestern Law School

Client Comments

"Ms. Pike adds to her extraordinary knowledge of 40 Act law by teaching at Kellogg School of Business and providing leadership to both the Mutual Fund Directors Forum and the Independent Directors Council of the ICI. She is responsive in all aspects: timely return of calls, comprehensive in advice, and fair in fees. She utilizes the resources of K&L Gates in an effective and cost conscious manner. I know that she is held in highest regard by other funds to which she provides counsel."

-Gary Wilner

"Ms. Pike is knowledgeable with all aspects of the Investment Company Act of 1940. She is very responsive to any inquiry and understands the business needs of her clients."

"During my 25 years of mutual fund governance, Paulita and Paul Dykstra, in a niche market of representing independent directors, have no equals. Always on top of her game, Paulita examines every option, always represents our, and shareholders', best interests, communicates well, and follows through on all outstanding issues. She is the best of the best -- and those who tangle with her find that out quickly."

-Thomas Mooney
The Prudential Mutual Funds

"Our board has worked with Paulita Pike for over 10 years. We recently reviewed her performance as counsel to the independent directors and unanimously characterized it as outstanding. She's clearly an expert in her field and has worked very effectively with the board, Fund Counsel, and the management of FAF Advisors. She's always responsive to my requests as well as calls from the First American Fund directors and management of FAF Advisors. She's generously contributed her time and expertise to the ongoing education of mutual fund independent directors through her work with the Mutual Fund Directors Forum and the Independent Directors Council of the ICI. I would recommend her without hesitation to any of my colleagues in the industry."

-Virginia Stringer
First American Funds

Office Location

191 North Wacker Drive, 32nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60606-4309
United States

Practice Areas

Mutual Funds Law (Investment Management)

Other Information

Gender: Female