Andrew “Buddy” Donohue has joined Shearman & Sterling as Of Counsel in the Investment Funds practice in New York.
Buddy joins the firm from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where he served as Chief of Staff to Chair Mary Jo White. He is also widely known for his service as Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Managers, where he was effectively the most senior regulator for the U.S. funds industry. He advises investment fund sponsors, distributors and investors on transactional and regulatory matters.
“Buddy brings an unparalleled wealth of knowledge, experience and judgment,” said Nathan Greene, head of the firm’s registered funds and investment adviser regulatory group. “Our clients will benefit from his comprehensive, in-depth and behind-the-curtain understanding of the investment management industry.”
"It is a great honor for me to take on this new role at Shearman & Sterling,” Buddy said. “I have the highest regard for Shearman & Sterling and consider myself quite fortunate to be able to join the firm and work alongside such highly talented lawyers.”
Buddy is one of the most prominent figures in the investment funds community, with over 40 years of experience in senior government and private sector roles. He is also an acknowledged and highly respected thought leader within the industry, having published, lectured and delivered talks on a variety of investment fund topics. Buddy previously served as Managing Director, Associate General Counsel and Investment Company General Counsel at Goldman Sachs; Global General Counsel at Merrill Lynch Investment Management; and Executive Vice President and General Counsel at OppenheimerFunds, among others. Buddy has been an officer, director and counsel for numerous investment advisers, broker-dealers, commodity trading advisers, transfer agents and insurance companies. He has also served on the boards of business development companies, registered open-end funds, closed-end funds, exchange traded funds, Cayman funds and UCITS.