Brent S. Gillett
Mr. Gillett provides legal representation to hedge funds, funds-of-funds, offshore funds, investment advisors, 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 advisor 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
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
Gilbert H. Davis
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
Robert R. Joseph
Rob Joseph is a Partner in the Corporate Practice Group with extensive experience in venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and general business contracting and licensing for technology-related companies. In this capacity, he works with a team of attorneys that represent start-up and development stage companies, established businesses and venture capital and private equity investors. He has represented buyers, sellers, investors and issuers in numerous transactions ranging from small and mid-sized companies to well over $100,000,000.
Rob routinely advises corporate clients with a range of matters that span the life of a company from formation and raising seed money through growth financings and exit events. He also represents companies and investors as outside general counsel, handling all legal issues including employment, licensing, reseller agreements, vendor and customer contracts, intellectual property and dispute resolution. Rob’s clients trust him to give honest, practical and multi-level advice, and to be an all-around trusted counselor.
Previously, Rob worked at Hill, Kertscher and Wharton, LLP from 2005 – 2017; Morris, Manning and Martin, LLP from 2000 – 2005; and Hunton and Williams, LLP from 1998 – 2000. He began his career as a law clerk to Judge Wilber D. Owens, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia from 1996 – 1998.
Phone: (678) 592-4849
Jerry L. Sims
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
Andrew J. Kalt
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, private equity funds, venture capital 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.
Phone: (404) 607-6932
Ryan Newbrough is a business lawyer who focuses his practice on the formation, operation, and ongoing maintenance of private investment funds and investment advisory businesses, including domestic and offshore hedge funds, real estate funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, commodity pools, forex funds, and commodity trading advisors. Ryan counsels on structuring, re-structuring, formation, capital raising, organization, and regulatory compliance, as well as assisting clients in general transactional matters.
Ryan received his Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law in 2016 and his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 2009. Prior to joining the Investment Law Group, Ryan interned at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, within the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. Before entering law, Ryan worked as a financial analyst at an investment advisory firm, and held an appointment as Assistant to the Senior Advisor in the Office of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, where he later served as Policy Analyst on the Governor’s Recovery Task Force in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Ryan was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2016.
Counsel McCullen represents companies and individuals in legal and financial matters including angel investments, commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, venture capital, employment and corporate governance. As a member of the firm’s corporate and securities group, Counsel also acts as outside counsel for small and mid-sized businesses in the technology, marketing and hospitality industries.
Counsel has represented both private and public companies in asset sales and stock purchases, private placement, intellectual property licensing, the negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts and business litigation. He has represented both borrowers and lenders in secured and unsecured debt financing including bridge financing and convertible debt transactions.
Prior to joining Davis Gillett Mottern & Sims LLC, Counsel clerked for Georgia Supreme Court Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines. He previously worked as an associate for Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, focusing on general business and securities transactions. While at Georgia State University, Counsel worked with Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, providing pro bono legal services to artists.
Mr. Hope’s practice is focused on structured finance and derivatives and related legal, regulatory, corporate governance and risk management issues under U.S. securities laws (including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010), the Commodities Futures Exchange Act and the Commodities Modernization Act of 2000, Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and state insurance law. He has helped a broad array of institutional investors establish trading programs in over-the-counter derivatives and other financial instruments and negotiated ISDA Master Agreements, Credit Support Annexes, master repurchase agreements, securities lending arrangements and other financial trading documents on behalf of these clients.
Mr. Hope received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1978. He has worked as in-house counsel for several major financial institutions and most recently in private practice with Sutherland Asbill and Brennan’s Derivatives and Structured Products practice. Mr. Hope is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA©) and a Financial Risk Manager (FRM©) and a former holder of FINRA licenses, Series 6, Series 7, and Series 24.
Todd W. Walker
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 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
Mr. Chabus provides specialized legal representation to introducing brokers, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, futures commission brokers, broker-dealers, investment advisors, 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 Advisors 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 focuses on representing investment advisors, 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 advisor 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.