Basil Godellas is a partner in Winston & Strawn's corporate department and serves as the chair of the firm’s financial services practice group. Mr. Godellas concentrates his practice on representing companies in the asset management industry with respect to a wide variety of regulatory and transactional matters.
Mr. Godellas regularly counsels clients in connection with structuring and forming private investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, commodity pools, commingled funds, group trusts and collective investment trusts, new product development, securities, offerings and related filing obligations, investment management compliance matters, acquisitions, divestitures, and reorganizations (both domestic and cross-border).
His recent transactions include structuring and documenting numerous onshore and offshore funds, including “master feeder” funds, multi-class funds, series funds, and segregated portfolio companies. Mr. Godellas has represented an international investment bank in connection with its acquisition of a futures commission merchant, a large investment manager in connection with its reorganization and the spin-off of its alternative investments business division, and the private banking division of a European bank in connection with its acquisition of a registered U.S. investment adviser.
Mr. Godellas is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Money Manager’s Compliance Guide. He is also a member of the Managed Funds Association, the Futures Industry Association, the American Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Godellas is a member of the board of directors of Hedge Funds Care – Preventing and Treating Child Abuse. Mr. Godellas also is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago.
Mr. Godellas received a B.A. in Economics from Lawrence University in 1988, where he was awarded the William E. McConagha Memorial Prize for exhibiting excellence in the study of economics. He received a J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1991, where he was a member of the Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal.
Speeches and Publications
Mr. Godellas is a frequent speaker on topics related to private investment funds and investment manager compliance issues. His recent speeches have included “Regulatory Landscape,” panelist, Ernst & Young Fifth Annual Global Hedge Fund Symposium, Nov. 19, 2009; “Looking at the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) Program From Different Views,” West LegalEdcenter Web presentation, July 8, 2009; “An Introduction to Insider Trading: Questions and Answers;” and “Hedge Funds 101: An Introduction to Hedge Funds.” His recent publications include “SEC Proposes Regulation of Dark Pools,” Money Manager’s Compliance Guide, January 2010 (co-author) and “Boresta and Godellas on Regulation R Implementing Exceptions for Banks from the Definition of ‘Broker’ in Section 3(a)(4) of the 1934 Exchange Act,” LexisNexis, Emerging Issues Commentary, February 2008 (co-author). Mr. Godellas also is co-authoring updates to various securities law chapters in Banking Law, a comprehensive treatise published by Matthew Bender & Co. He is the author of “Commercial Law Survey,” Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal, Winter 1990.