A.B., summa cum laude, Bowdoin; J.D., Cornell. A.B., summa cum laude, Bowdoin College; J.D., Cornell. Professor Barbash retired from Willkie Farr and Gallagher LLP in July of 2023. He was formerly a Partner in, and senior member of, Willkie’s Asset Management Group. His practice included advising financial services company clients on a wide range of transactions and regulatory matters. Among his areas of particular expertise are: alternative investments including hedge funds, regulated and non-regulated funds of funds, and private equity funds, mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, business development companies, and other registered investment companies; fund governance matters; mergers and acquisitions in the investment management industry; and investment management distribution and marketing matters, and operational policies, practices and systems. Prior to rejoining Willkie in 2006, he was a Partner with another New York-based law firm. For five years prior to becoming a private practioner in 1998, he served as the Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management, in which capacity he had principal oversight responsibility for the U.S. mutual fund industry, U.S. and non-U.S. investment managers and U.S. based or sponsored private funds, including hedge funds.