Margery K. Neale is a partner and Co-Chair of the Asset Management Group as well as a member of Willkie’s Executive Committee. She focuses on counseling investment companies, investment advisers, fund sponsors and independent directors in all aspects of the fund business.
Margery has significant experience advising on the creation and operation of registered open-end and closed-end investment companies, exchange traded funds (ETFs), and business development companies. She regularly advises on fund governance, regulatory compliance and a broad range of transactions involving funds and/or advisory organizations. She represents many different types of clients in the registered fund industry, including some of the largest and most well-known fund groups as well as smaller fund families and recent entrants.
Margery advises investment advisers on a wide range of matters. Her clients include advisers to registered funds, private funds and separately managed accounts. She advises on all aspects of an adviser’s business, including regulatory compliance, new product development, and change of control transactions. She serves as counsel to dually registered investment advisers/broker-dealers in connection with advisory programs, including wrap fee programs and asset allocation programs involving mutual funds.
Chambers USA (2017) ranks Margery in Band 1 nationally for leading individuals practicing in the area of Investment Funds: Registered Funds, and she is recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. as a Leading Lawyer in the area of Investment Fund Formation and Management: Mutual/Registered Funds. Margery was named “Mutual Funds Law Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America 2017 (she also received the recognition in 2012).