John M Loder is a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP, with which he has been associated since 1984, and co-heads the firm’s investment management practice group. For many years, his practice has focused primarily on investment management industry clients, including investment advisers, mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity firms and the investment management activities and products of banks, broker–dealers and insurance companies. He has extensive experience in, inter alia, the following types of matters: the organisation of investment advisory firms and investment funds of all types, both SEC-registered and unregistered; ongoing representation of and advice to open and closed-ended investment companies, exchange-traded funds and their independent directors and trustees (currently including over 500 funds with collective assets totalling several hundred billion dollars); mergers, acquisitions and reorganisations of investment advisers and funds; advice with respect to governance, regulatory and compliance issues of all kinds affecting investment management industry clients; and advice regarding government enforcement matters. He also serves as counsel to the independent directors of a number of large real estate investment trusts. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.