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Ropes & Gray adds SEC lawyer in DC

Dalia Blass, who joins Ropes & Gray from the regulator’s Division of Investment Management, is the second SEC lawyer the firm’s Washington, DC office has appointed this year.

Boston-based law firm Ropes & Gray has added Dalia Blass to its investment management practice in Washington DC.

Blass joins the firm from the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Investment Management, where she worked most recently as assistant chief counsel. In this role, she provided legal guidance under federal securities laws, including the Investment Company Act and the Advisers Act.

During her 10 year tenure at the SEC, Blass worked in the exemptive relief program for registered funds and developed legal positions for exchange-traded products and fund of funds investments. She has experience working with private equity funds, with an emphasis on co-investment transactions.

In her new role, Dalia will be working across Ropes & Gray’s entire asset management practice, including the firm's private investment fund clients.

“Dalia’s experience at the SEC has given her significant command of a variety of areas that directly affect our clients’ businesses,” Bryan Chegwidden, co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s investment management practice, said in a statement. “We are delighted to have her join our growing DC practice.”

Blass is the second SEC lawyer added to Ropes & Gray's Washington office this year. In May, the firm appointed Jeremiah Williams from the commission's Asset Management Unit, where he served as senior counsel.