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Brent S. Gillett

Partner

Mr. Gillett provides legal representation to hedge funds, funds-of-funds, offshore funds, investment advisers, broker-dealers, commodity pool operators, and commodity trading advisors throughout the United States. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the fund formation process, investment adviser registration and compliance, broker-dealer registration and compliance, and commodity pool operator and commodity trading advisor registration and compliance.

Mr. Gillett previously practiced law at Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP in the firm's investment management practice group. Prior to working as an attorney, Mr. Gillett worked as an equity analyst for Marquis Capital Management. He received his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt School of Law in 1995 and his Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1991. Mr Gillett was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1995.

Phone: (404) 607-6940
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Bob Mottern

Partner

Mr. Mottern joined the Investment Law Group (ILG) in April 2008, bringing substantial corporate and securities law experience, specifically in the areas of corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, banking and Securities Exchange Act of 1934 compliance work. Prior to joining ILG, Mr. Mottern was a shareholder in Jones, Haley & Mottern, P.C., and before that Weizenecker, Mottern & Fisher, P.C.

Mr. Mottern's background includes many years of experience in private law practice, representing a variety of public and private companies in corporate, governance, financing and securities matters, as well as corporate disputes, regulatory investigations and securities arbitrations. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Mottern practiced at Moore & Peterson, P.C. and Weil, Gotshal & Manges in their corporate reorganization departments. He received his Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School in 1984, and a B.S.B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1981. Mr. Mottern was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1984 and the State Bar of Georgia in 1992.

Phone: (404) 607-6933
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Gilbert H. Davis

Partner

Mr. Davis began his legal career in the Atlanta office of Alston & Bird LLP in 1984 and organized the firm’s first hedge fund client in 1985.  He continues to represent the organizer of that fund today, as well as the managers of private funds ranging in size from several hundred thousand dollars to several billion.  Mr. Davis is a member of the Georgia, New York and District of Columbia Bars, the American Bar Association Securities and Tax Sections and LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities and Private Fund Committees, New York State Bar Association Securities Regulation Committee and the Private Investment Funds Subcommittee, State Bar of Georgia Securities Legislation Subcommittee, and International Bar Association Financial Services Section and Investment Funds Committee.

Mr. Davis received his undergraduate degree double majoring in History and Economics from Yale University (B.A., 1981) and law degree from the New York University School of Law (J.D., 1984).

Phone: (770) 481-7205
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Jerry L. Sims

Partner

Mr. Sims has more than 30 years of experience in business litigation, workouts, creditor’s rights, and business and asset acquisitions involving bankrupt and financially troubled entities. Mr. Sims represents clients in federal, state and bankruptcy courts and in arbitration matters. He has handled the defense and prosecution of a wide range of business and financial disputes involving carried interest, partnership formations and breakups, securities, commodities, software suitability, construction, real estate, and class-action litigation. Mr. Sims has also represented appellants, appellees and amicus curiae parties in numerous appeals in federal and state courts.

Mr. Sims previously practiced law at Sims Moss Kline & Davis and Holland & Knight. He received his law degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1970 and his Bachelor of Science in mathematics from University of Mississippi. Mr. Sims was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1971. He is also admitted in New York and the District of Columbia.

Phone: (770) 481-7207
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Andrew J. Kalt

Associate

Mr. Kalt assists clients throughout the process to form and operate a wide range of private investment funds.  He works with clients to launch domestic and offshore hedge funds, real estate funds, commodity pools, forex funds, and other structures designed to invest in and trade a variety of liquid and illiquid assets.  Mr. Kalt also advises on the development of marketing strategies for private funds, investment managers and sponsors, and has assisted private funds in an independent advisory and marketing capacity.

Prior to joining the Investment Law Group, Mr. Kalt held positions at Burk & Reedy LLP in Washington D.C. and in the equity capital markets group at UBS in Manhattan.  Mr. Kalt graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University with a BBA in Finance and International Business.  He received JD and MBA degrees from Emory University School of Law and Goizueta Business School and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society for outstanding academic achievement.  Mr. Kalt holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.

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Douglas Arborio

Associate

Mr. Arborio advises registered and unregistered investment advisers, hedge funds, commodity pool operators, and commodity trading advisers about legal and compliance matters. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Emory University School of Law where he served as an editor on the Emory Law Journal and a BBA in Finance and International Business from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business. Prior to joining ILG, Mr. Arborio worked in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Summer Honors Law Program in its Atlanta Regional Office.

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Todd W. Walker

Of Counsel

Mr. Walker provides specialized legal representation to private investment companies, and their owners and employees. He has extensive experience practicing both transactional law and litigation, including complex multiparty corporate and securities litigation, mergers and acquisitions, private equity financings, and the representation of professionals before the SEC, NASD and other regulatory bodies.

Mr. Walker previously practiced law at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison's Los Angeles office, and within the corporate department of various Fortune 500 companies. He has also been an entrepreneur, and among other ventures, was a founder of and legal counsel to c-call.com, where he oversaw its growth from start up to its employment of over 100 employees and eventual sale to a firm now owned by Thompson Financial. Mr. Walker received his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt School of Law in 1995 and a dual Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Portland State University in 1992. Mr. Walker was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1995.

 

Bruce Hart

Of Counsel

Bruce Hart has broad experience in commercial and capital markets litigation, as well as securities enforcement and compliance matters. Having spent years at international law firms handling cutting-edge, complex litigation matters and as an in-house lawyer responsible for a range of legal and compliance matters at an international hedge fund, Hart brings a practical and sophisticated approach to helping clients resolve legal disputes while satisfying their business goals.



Prior to founding his current practice, Hart served for four years as Director of Legal Affairs for a New York fund management firm focused on emerging markets investments. In that role, Hart supervised the firm's litigation portfolio, handled a range of commercial and transactional matters, and was the point person for the firm's regulatory and compliance regime.



Before that, Hart spent more than 12 years practicing commercial litigation at international law firms including, most recently, Hogan & Hartson. There, Hart obtained successful results in complex commercial disputes on behalf of clients including securities firms, investors, and public companies.



Educated at Rutgers University (B.A. History, 1987) and the Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1991, Law Review), Hart now resides in Montclair, N.J., with his wife and son.

 

Lance P. Chabus

Of Counsel

Mr. Chabus provides specialized legal representation to introducing brokers, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, futures commission brokers, broker-dealers, investment advisers, and hedge funds. He has extensive experience in commodity futures, derivatives, and regulatory and compliance matters involving the Commodity Exchange Act, Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and the Investment Advisers Act, including initial registration, ongoing compliance, as well as representing professionals and their firms before the CFTC, SEC, NFA, FINRA, and other regulatory authorities.

Mr. Chabus has more than 20 years of financial services industry experience, including his tenure as a Trial Attorney with the Enforcement Division of the CFTC, in assisting clients with the expertise required to meet the rapidly changing regulatory environment facing the industry, especially resulting from the Dodd-Frank legislation. Mr. Chabus has also practiced at a leading financial services law firm, where he filled the role of outside general and regulatory counsel for his various financial institution clients, and within three of the largest insurance companies in the world. He received his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 1988 and a Bachelor of Science (Dean’s Merit Scholar - Economics) from SUNY Albany in 1984. Mr. Chabus was admitted to the State Bars of Connecticut in 1988, New York in 1989, Florida in 1990, and New Jersey in 1993.

 

Inna Vysman

Contract Attorney

Inna Vysman focuses on representing investment advisers, private investment funds, and investors in such funds. She also facilitates partnerships, LLCs, and joint ventures.

Inna has almost 16 years of legal experience in New York City and Cleveland, Ohio. Inna's experience encompasses all aspects of structuring and facilitating the formation of hedge funds, venture capital funds, and other private equity funds, including securities law compliance, investment company and investment adviser act regulation, and management and governance issues. She has also structured investment management arrangements and has provided ongoing advice to fund managers on securities and partnership issues. Inna's other area of expertise is representing lead investors in private equity funds, including reviewing and negotiating offering documents.

A published member of Fordham University's Law Review, Inna served as the publications associate editor. Upon graduation, she was elected to membership in Order of the Coif.

Inna most recently was a senior attorney with Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP in Cleveland. Prior to that, she was an associate at Bryan Cave LLP in New York City, and served as associate general counsel for NCH Capital Inc., a New York boutique investment management firm. Inna started her legal career at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, New York, New York, in 1994.

 

Noula Zaharis

Compliance Specialist/Sr. Paralegal

Noula Zaharis serves as the firms compliance specialist and director of compliance services. She is a certified paralegal with an extensive history in securities regulatory compliance matters that focused on audits, examinations, and fraud investigations. She brings her significant experience in working with federal and state regulatory agencies to assist investment advisers and hedge funds in all areas of registration and compliance. Ms. Zaharis holds a B.A. in English from Furman University and a M.A. from Emory University. She received her paralegal certification from Emory University. Prior to becoming a paralegal, Ms. Zaharis was an English and Latin teacher with Atlanta Public Schools and Georgia State University. Ms. Zaharis is in process of receiving her certification as an Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional (IACCP).