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Sutherland Bolsters Financial Services Practice, Adds Investment Management Attorney Bibb Strench

November 10, 2004

WASHINGTON (November 10, 2004) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announced that Bibb L. Strench has joined the firm as Partner in the Financial Services Group.  His practice focuses on securities laws.

Mr. Strench advises mutual funds and other registered investment companies as well as investment management advisers, sponsors of hedge funds, and financial institutions offering private wealth management programs.  He is a nationally recognized author and speaker on establishing and implementing compliance programs.

"Clients will benefit from Bibb's compliance experience, his grasp of industry best practices and his understanding of the complex relationship between sponsors of investment products and the broker-dealers that sell them to their institutional and retail clients," says Practice Chair Stephen E. Roth.  "He has a powerful skill set that will give our fund and adviser clients an advantage in an increasingly challenging regulatory environment."

Mr. Strench has previously practiced law at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the division regulating investment companies and advisers.  He also was responsible for investment management regulatory compliance at a large mutual fund complex.  Mr. Strench received his J.D. from the University of Virginia and his B.A., magna cum laude,  from Vanderbilt University. 

Sutherland has a leading financial services practice, including the representation of mutual funds and their service providers.  The firm also has a preeminent practice representing issuers and distributors of variable annuities, variable life insurance and other investment-oriented insurance products.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a national law firm known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the nation's largest companies.  Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to more than 400 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington.  For further information about the firm, please visit

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