Jim Munsell is a partner in Sidley’s New York office. He counsels investment advisers and investment funds in connection with a broad range of corporate, securities, derivatives and regulatory matters. Jim’s clients range from small, closely held start-up investment management businesses to the investment management divisions of global financial institutions. He was involved in the successful development and launch of the first commodity pool to be listed on a securities exchange in the United States and continues to work on innovative exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
Jim is part of Sidley’s investment funds, advisers and derivatives practice team, which has won numerous top awards as a provider of legal services to the private funds industry: two-time winner of the Chambers and Partners investment funds law firm of the year for the US; Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine’s 2014 Alpha Awards top ‘onshore’ (US) law firm serving the hedge fund industry; four-time recipient of first-tier national rankings in the U.S. News–Best Lawyers ‘Best Law Firms’ rankings for private funds and hedge funds law, and derivatives and futures law; and has been ranked in the top band for hedge funds by Chambers USA every year since 2008. Additionally, Jim is recognised in the 2013 to 2015 editions of Who’s Who Legal: Private Funds, and is recommended in The Legal 500 for mutual and registered funds and private equity funds. He is also a winner of an ETF award highlighting outstanding performances and results achieved by corporate leaders.