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Godfrey & Kahn Adds New Attorney to Its Securities Practice

May 05, 2005

The law firm of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. announced the addition of Helge K. Lee to its Securities Practice Group in the Milwaukee office. Lee had previously worked at Godfrey & Kahn from 1976 to 1991.

Lee, a former senior executive and general counsel of several national and international mutual fund groups, advises mutual funds, investment advisers, independent directors and underwriters and selling brokers, and their respective legal and compliance staffs on all matters arising under the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

During a 30-year legal career, Lee has acted as principal counsel in SEC, NASD and DOL compliance examinations and enforcement actions, closed-end fund "strike suit" litigation and mergers and acquisitions of mutual fund complexes and investment advisers.

Lee brings a unique perspective to Godfrey & Kahn’s Securities practice that is particularly relevant in today’s turbulent, fast-changing environment. He has worked in the legal trenches from the inside of mutual fund groups in addition to acting as outside counsel. In so doing, he understands the delicate relationship between inside managers and the independent directors charged with oversight responsibility. With the recently increased regulatory emphasis on "independence" and substantive, not just procedural, compliance, Lee’s background and experience enable him to frame issues and provide advice that allows industry participants to navigate an increasingly complex legal and regulatory landscape.

Lee received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1974, cum laude, Order of the Coif; participated in a South Asian doctoral studies program at the University of California (Berkeley); and received his bachelor’s degree in history from Northern Illinois University in 1968 with honors, Phi Alpha Theta.

Founded in 1957, Godfrey & Kahn maintains offices in Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay, Madison (LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn) and Waukesha. With more than 180 attorneys, Godfrey & Kahn provides legal and business advice to clients ranging from small businesses and governmental entities to large privately and publicly held national and international companies.

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