Gwen Williamson is a Partner in the Investment Management Practice Group at Perkins Coie LLP. Gwen represents investment advisers, boards of trustees, investment companies, business development companies, and family offices. She also represents and serves on the board of a variety of nonprofit organizations.
Gwen’s 15 years of experience in the asset management industry includes work with: registered fund launches and liquidations; fund and adviser compliance and vendor oversight programs; SEC registrations, examinations and investigations; annual compliance and risk assessments; routine and special shareholder disclosures; conflict of interest issues; cybersecurity oversight and monitoring; annual fund contract renewals and independence evaluations; large-scale fund and adviser changes in control; applications for exemptive relief; reporting under the federal securities laws; and negotiating advisory agreements, fund selling and servicing agreements, credit facilities, securities lending arrangements and other contracts germane to the asset management industry.
Gwen is a member The Investment Lawyer editorial board and is an active writer and public speaker. Her recent publications and speaking engagements include: “A Legal Overview of Investing for Small and Emerging Public Charities,” in the December 2017 issue of The Investment Lawyer; “Compliance Concerns Amidst Industry, Regulatory Change,” in the September 14, 2017 edition of Fund Board Views; and “Cybersecurity Breaches and Compliance Challenges on the Horizon,” a November 10, 2016 Investment Adviser Association Workshop.
Gwen earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999, and a J.D. from the University of Georgia in 2005.