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Stroock adds two new partners in New York and Washington DC

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Stroock has added two partners: capital markets and derivatives partner Akshay Belani in New York and ERISA and governmental plan investments partner Patrick Menasco in Washington DC.

Joining Stroock with Menasco is associate Bibek Pandey.
Belani, previously a partner at Morgan Lewis, joins Stroock’s Commodities/Derivatives and Energy Group. He advises financial institutions on derivatives, futures and commodities trading, and on related structured products and capital markets transactions. His clients include hedge funds, institutional investors and broker-dealers.
Belani also focuses on regulatory and compliance issues related to Dodd-Frank derivatives regulation including rules affecting both buy- and sell-side market participants. He is actively involved in the development of standardized documentation in the over-the-counter derivatives markets and is a frequent commentator on the global derivatives market and US regulations governing derivatives transactions. Belani graduated from St John’s University School of Law in 2004 and earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University in 1998.
Menasco, formerly a partner at Steptoe, helps domestic and foreign financial institutions navigate regulatory, compliance, and contractual matters, capital market transactions, government investigations and disputes involving highly-regulated corporate and public benefit plan assets. He is a highly regarded ERISA professional with public sector experience and familiarity with governmental plan investment regulation in virtually every state.  His clients include major financial institutions, including banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, and fund service providers.
Menasco is also a frequent lecturer on employee benefit investment issues at the Practicing Law Institute in New York and has served as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School for ten years. He clerked for the Honorable Gerrilyn G Brill, US District Court, Northern District of Georgia after earning his law degree, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, in 1994 from Tulane University Law School, where he was associate editor of the Tulane Law Review. Menasco graduated from Tulane University in 1991.
Stroock co-managing partner Jeff Keitelman, says: “We enjoyed a strong first half in 2018 and it is great to start the second half with the continued addition of lawyers in some of our most important service areas. Akshay Belani and Patrick Menasco are highly skilled, mid-career lawyers with substantial matters and longstanding client relationships – we expect them to quickly become impact partners in fortifying our capital markets, derivatives and ERISA platforms. Their arrival underscores our commitment to continue attracting top-flight laterals who fit with our core business units.”

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