James B. Biery is a partner in the Investment Products and Derivatives group at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago.  He advises and represents clients in securities and derivatives related regulatory and corporate matters, including the organization, operation and offering of interests in U.S. and offshore hedge funds, funds-of-funds, commodity pools, private equity and control/distressed debt funds, the organization and operation of investment advisers, commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisers, and fund restructurings.  Mr. Biery received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1983 and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1993.