Andrew J. (Buddy) Donohue

Of Counsel

Andrew J. Donohue, widely known as Buddy Donohue, is Of Counsel in the Investment Funds practice.

Buddy has over 40 years of experience in both senior government and private sector roles, having most recently served as SEC Chief of Staff to Chair Mary Jo White (2015-2017). He is best known for his service as Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (2006-2010) (where he was effectively the most senior regulator for the U.S. funds industry), Global General Counsel at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (2003-2006), Executive Vice President and General Counsel at OppenheimerFunds Inc. (1991 – 2001) and Investment Company General Counsel at Goldman Sachs (2012-2015).

Buddy has been an officer, director and counsel for numerous investment advisers, broker-dealers, commodity trading advisers, transfer agents and insurance companies, and has served on the boards of business development companies, registered open-end funds, closed-end funds, exchange traded funds, Cayman funds and Dublin- and Luxembourg-based UCITS. He has also served as Chairman of the ABA Investment Companies and Investment Advisers Subcommittee, and as an Editor of the ABA Guide for Fund Directors.

Buddy is an acknowledged and highly respected thought leader within the industry, having published, lectured and delivered talks on a variety of investment fund topics. He currently is also an Adjunct Professor teaching investment management law at Brooklyn Law School.

Selected Experience

  • Merrill Lynch Investment Managers in the sale of its asset management business to BlackRock. This deal represented one of the largest asset management mergers in history at that time. Buddy played a prominent role, along with others, in negotiating and effecting this transaction
  • OppenheimerFunds Inc. in its acquisition of the $3 billion Rochester Funds
  • OppenheimerFunds Inc. in its acquisition of the twelve Quest For Value Funds
  • OppenheimerFunds Inc. in its acquisition of Oppenheimer Trust Company
  • OppenheimerFunds Inc. in its acquisition of Trinity Investment Management Corp.


  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • Hofstra University, B.A.


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