Simpson Thacher has expanded its Washington, D.C., office’s investment funds practice with the addition of David W. Blass as a partner. See “SEC’s David Blass Expands on the Analysis in Recent No-Action Letter Bearing on the Activities of Hedge Fund Marketers” (Mar. 13, 2014). Blass was previously general counsel of the Investment Company Institute and, prior to that role, Chief Counsel and Associate Director of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets. He brings to his new role deep expertise in policies, rules and regulations affecting hedge funds, private equity funds, registered funds and broker-dealers. For additional insights from Simpson Thacher attorneys, see our two-part series “Structuring Private Funds to Avoid ERISA While Accommodating Benefit Plan Investors”: Part One (Feb. 5, 2015); and Part Two (Feb. 12, 2015).