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Ryan Brizek
Counsel
 
900 G Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001 
 
Email:
Phone: +1-202-636-5806
Fax: +1-202-636-5502
Ryan Brizek focuses his practice on transactional and regulatory matters involving mutual funds, closed-end funds, business development companies, exchange-traded funds and their investment advisers, with a particular focus on providing access to alternative investment strategies through regulated vehicles. His experience includes advising on the structuring, formation and operation of registered investment companies and BDCs, co-investments and investment restructurings involving regulated and private funds, fund governance, registered fund contract approvals and renewals, fund reorganizations and adoptions, fund and adviser compliance programs, acquisitions of asset management businesses, investment company status issues and the structuring of equity and debt offerings by investment advisers in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Investment Company Act and the Investment Advisers Act. He frequently advises firms seeking to rely on exceptions and exemptions from regulation under the Investment Company Act and the Investment Advisers Act, and represents clients seeking no-action positions, interpretive guidance or exemptive relief from the SEC.

Ryan was named a “Rising Star” at the 2019 Mutual Fund Industry Awards.

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Work Highlights
  • Experience prior to Simpson Thacher includes:
    • Counsel to registered funds, including in the organization and offering of several unique liquid alternative mutual funds.
    • Closed-end fund capital markets offerings, including representations of closed-end funds in initial public offerings, underwritten preferred stock and secondary common stock offerings, rights offerings to acquire shares of common or preferred stock and at-the-market offerings.
    • Business development company matters, including advising on regulatory matters and seed investments in BDCs and their investment advisers.
    • Acquisitions and sales of asset management businesses.
    • Reorganizations and mergers of registered funds, including open-end funds and closed-end funds.
       
Accolades
  • Rising Star, 2019 Mutual Fund Industry Awards
Education
  • George Washington University Law School, 2008 J.D.
  • Pennsylvania State University, 2004 B.S. (Finance)
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
Admissions
  • District of Columbia 2009
  • New York 2009

Ryan Brizek is Counsel in the Firm’s Investment Funds Practice. Ryan focuses his practice on transactional and regulatory matters involving mutual funds, closed-end funds, business development companies (BDCs), exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and their investment advisers, with a particular focus on providing access to alternative investment strategies through regulated vehicles. His experience includes advising on the structuring, formation and operation of registered investment companies and BDCs, co-investments and investment restructurings involving regulated and private funds, fund governance, registered fund contract approvals and renewals, fund reorganizations and adoptions, fund and adviser compliance programs, acquisitions of asset management businesses, investment company status issues and the structuring of equity and debt offerings by investment advisers in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Investment Company Act and the Investment Advisers Act. He frequently advises firms seeking to rely on exceptions and exemptions from regulation under the Investment Company Act and the Investment Advisers Act, and represents clients seeking no-action positions, interpretive guidance or exemptive relief from the SEC.

Ryan has particular experience advising closed-end funds on capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, underwritten common and preferred stock offerings, at-the-market offerings and rights offerings to acquire shares of common or preferred stock. He has routinely advised clients that manage credit strategies, including BDCs and registered investment companies, on investment structuring, operational, compliance and regulatory matters.

Recently, Ryan was named a “Rising Star” at the 2019 Mutual Fund Industry Awards.

Ryan received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School and his B.S. from Pennsylvania State University. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York.

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