BNY Mellon welcomes a top WilmerHale partner



The former managing partner of WilmerHale, William J. Perlstein, has joined BNY Mellon as a senior deputy general counsel.

BNY Mellon is a global leader in investment management and investment services. As senior deputy general counsel, Perlstein will take part in leading Legal Department groups in government affairs, public policy, regulatory affairs, as well as legal functions supporting M&A, IT, real estate, procurement and sourcing support, and cyber security.

While working at WilmerHale, Perlstein helped to raise the organization to where it is today. In 1998 he led the pre-merger firm, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, until 2004, and then guided the firm to its transformative merger with Hale and Dorr. After serving as co-managing partner at the firm, in 2012 he returned to working in his bankruptcy practice by representing GMAC and other financial institutions.

According to Perlstein, joining BNY Mellon was an opportunity for him to really understand a financial institution. He commented, “It’s a massive backbone of the financial system. For me, I’m an operations guy – I love understanding how things work. I’ve described it as truly drinking from the firehose.

BNY Mellon has $28.5 trillion in assets, $1.7 trillion in management as well as $1 trillion in transactions daily, according to Bloomberg.



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