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Ryan Brizek
Counsel
 
900 G Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001 
 
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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. He also provides strategic investment management regulatory advice to asset management firms in M&A transactions and serves as transaction counsel to registered funds and their underwriters in capital markets transactions. 

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

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Work Highlights
  • Counsel to registered funds, including in the organization and offering of several unique alternative mutual funds and closed-end funds
  • Business development company matters, including advising BDCs and their investment advisers on regulatory matters and seed investments in BDCs and their investment advisers
  • Acquisitions, sales, mergers and spin-offs 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
  • New York City Bar Association; Member, Committee on Investment Management Regulation
  • American Bar Association; Member, Subcommittee on Investment Companies and Investment Advisers; Member, Task Force on Investment Company Use of Derivatives and Leverage
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
Admissions
  • District of Columbia 2009
  • New York 2009

Ryan Brizek is Counsel in the Firm’s Registered Funds Practice. He 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. Ryan also provides strategic investment management regulatory advice to asset management firms in M&A transactions and serves as transaction counsel to registered funds and their underwriters in capital markets transactions. 

He regularly advises clients 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, 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 and investment company status issues.

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

Ryan frequently counsels 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.

He 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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