Bingham McCutchen has expanded the capabilities of its investment funds group in Washington with the hiring of three professionals from Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

Thomas S. Harman, W. John McGuire, and Christopher D. Menconi are now partners in the firm’s Investment Management Practice Group in the capital. Apart from having been partners at Morgan Lewis, Harman and McGuire both bring considerable regulatory experience to their new roles. Harman was counsel and associate director of the Division of Investment Management at the Securities Exchange Commission from 1988-1994, after serving as director of that division’s Office of Disclosure and Adviser Regulation from 1987-1988. McGuire is a former SEC attorney, and is known as the co-author of the influential Mutual Fund Regulation and Compliance Handbook. McGuire was with Dechert and Reed Smith prior to joining Morgan Lewis in 1996.

“We’ve known a number of the asset management attorneys here at Bingham for a number of years, including Roger Joseph and Mike Glazer, and we have tremendous respect for them,” Harman said.

The attorneys will have opportunities in coming months to apply their experience in the alternative investment space, including working on registered funds, unregistered funds, and exchange-traded funds, or ETFs. “The ETF area remains a hot area, I expect to continue to spend a substantial part of my time working on ETFs,” said McGuire.

“I do know that Bingham is interested in continuing to develop its business development companies (BDC) platform, and that is an area I’ve also been very active in, and expect to continue to be very active in,” Harman commented.

The hiring of Harman, McGuire, and Menconi brings to 84 the number of partners in Bingham’s Washington office, out of a total of 175 lawyers there. Bingham currently has approximately 1,000 attorneys in 14 offices worldwide.