BNY Mellon, a global leader in investment management and investment services, today announced that William J. Perlstein will be joining BNY Mellon as Senior Deputy General Counsel, effective June 15, 2015. Reporting to J. Kevin McCarthy, BNY Mellon Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Perlstein will lead the Legal Department practice groups focused on government affairs, public policy and regulatory affairs, and the corporate services legal functions supporting M&A, IT, real estate, procurement and sourcing support, and cyber security.
Perlstein is a senior partner and former co-managing partner of WilmerHale, having spent nearly 40 years of his career there. He led the pre-merger law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering for six years prior to its transformative 2004 merger with Hale and Dorr, and following the merger served as the co-managing partner of the combined firm until 2012. After leaving firm management, Perlstein resumed an active practice as part of the Firm's Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group and as a member of the Regulatory and Government Affairs and Strategic Response Practice Groups. Many of Perlstein's matters have concerned cases in which there is significant government involvement, drawing on his and the firm's expertise in governmental and regulatory affairs. Perlstein received the American Lawyer 2014 Law Firm Distinguished Leader Award for his accomplishments in law firm management.
"Bill is widely recognized as a high caliber strategic leader of the bar. He brings highly relevant insights into how policymakers and regulators are approaching the issues critical to BNY Mellon and our company will greatly benefit from Bill's experience and judgment," McCarthy said.
Perlstein is a Fellow and Counsel to the Board of the American College of Bankruptcy, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the American Law Institute. He serves on the Board of the DC Neighborhood Legal Services Program and on the DC Bar's Leadership Development Committee. Perlstein graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from Union College, where he is Chair of the President's Council and a member of the Board of Trustees, and received his law degree from Yale University.